Babol (Mazanderani: باوول, Persian: بابل) is a city in the Caspian region of Iran, north-east of Tehran and about 30 km from Sari. It is the chief commercial centre of Mazandaran Province and was once the major trading center of northern Iran. The population was estimated to be about 220,000 in 2011.
Founded in the 16th century, it was built on the site of the ancient city of Mamatir. Babol used to be called Barforushdeh and Barforush afterwards.
Fights from all over the world to Tehran, then from Tehran airport to Sari airport (50 min flight and then 50 km by car to Babol).
From Tehran's main train station to Quaemshahr train station (5 hours) then half an hour from Quaemshahr to Babol by car.
You can travel from Tehran to Babol in 4-5 hours directly by car or bus.
- The palace of Abbas I's ruins are in the city.
- Mohammad Hassan Khan's Bridge is also one of the most ancient buildings of Mazandaran. It was built by the king Mohammad Hassan Khan Qajar, the ancestor of Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar as the main road from Babol to Amol.
- Another nice scenery is Babol Noshirvani Park, which is the biggest park including playground located in the north part of Iran, located almost in the vicinity of Caspian Sea. Babol is home to important and intact forests and jungles.