Iran is one of the biggest countries in the world which covers an area of 1,648,000 Km2 (636,000 mile2); it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th in the world. As a result, the country has so many mountains, deserts, jungles, and lakes inside.
So you will find different types of nature, climate, and altitude in it. As an instance, you can climb up to the altitude of 5610 meters on the peak of Mount Damavand, in contrast, you can find seacoast boundaries with sea level altitudes. Here, we are going to introduce Iran's most wild and beautiful places according to National Geographic. So, if you are interested in visiting the natural beauty of Iran, don’t miss this article.
One of the must-see places in Iran, especially for those who have an interest in geology is the Badab-e Surt, which is Located in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, about 100 kilometers south of the city of Sari. The area consists of golden, orange, and red stepped terraces of sedimentary rock, formed by deposits of minerals carried from nearby hot springs. The two springs of the travertine landscape are said to have medicinal properties, and the glistening flats are amongst the most photogenic sites in Iran. To take a wonderful picture of this amazing natural wonder, we highly suggest having a visit to the place early in the morning or at the sunset.
Mount Damavand may not be the most beautiful landscape in Iran, but for sure it is the most popular one and loved one among all local people, especially people living in Tehran, who have the chance to see the snow-covered peak of Mount Damavand on a clear day. The fame and popularity of this peak among local can be compared with the love of Japanese people have to the Fujiyama Mountain.
Mount Damavand is actually Iran’s tallest summit and the highest point in the Middle East with 5671 meters’ height.
In Farsi ‘Lut’ literally means bare land without water and devoid of vegetation. The desert is situated in the south-east of the country, and the eastern part of the desert display low plateau covered with salt flats, while, the center displays a series of parallel ridges and furrows. From June to October, this arid area is swept by strong winds. In 2016, it was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The desert is a large salt desert, and actually the world's 27th-largest desert with an area of 51,800 square kilometers (20,000 square miles).
The main attraction areas of Lut desert, include Gandom Berian, Shahdad Kalut, and Rig Yelan. In addition, the desert is home to diverse animal life, including insects, reptiles, and desert foxes.
According to data from NASA’s satellite, it is believed that the Lut Desert is home to the hottest recorded spot on the earth’s surface.
Lake Urmia, previously known as Lake Rezaiyeh, is located in the northwest of Azerbaijan District. According to the latest country subdivisions, Lake Urmia lies between East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan Provinces.
After Anzali Lagoon, The National Park of Lake Urmia is one of the most interesting natural habitats in Iran. This ecosystem has been registered internationally by UNESCO as a protected area. Iranian Department of Environment has identified most parts of this lake as a national park.
Lake Urmia is the biggest inland lake in Iran and the second salt lake in the world. It is the largest water of Western Asia which is located in the northwest of Iranian Plateau.
The lake water is too salty, and it is mostly fed by Zarrinehrud, Siminehrud, Aji Chay, Gadar, Shahar Chay, Nazlou, and Zola rivers.
Turkmen Sahra (meaning Plain of Turkmen) is for sure one of the most beautiful landscapes in Iran, located in the northeast of the country, near the Caspian Sea, bordering Turkmenistan country. The majority of the inhabitants of the Turkmen
There are breathtaking rolling green hills remain virtually untouched and tricky to access without your own car. One focal point to head to is the Khaled Nabi cemetery, notable for its tombstones.
Qeshm Island is a beautiful island with a unique Geo Park in the southern part of Iran, located in the Persian Gulf. This amazing island is home to some of the unique and amazing wildlife and monuments. In addition, the culture of its residents is a mixture of Iranian and Arabian cultures due to the fact they are living in the middle of two regions.
If you are interested in visiting some less-seen and remote places, Qeshm Island would be an ideal place for you. The island has beautiful landscapes with a great sandy beach, in addition to numbers of attractions. To name some of the attractions, we can name Chahkooh canyon, Harra Forest, Kharbas caves, Salt caves, and Portuguese Castle.
The amazing Margoon Waterfall is secretly hidden inside the mountains of Sepidan region. This area is heaven for nature lovers due to its spectacular fountains and rivers. There are numerous flowers on both sides of the way through the waterfall. It is worth to mention that the best time to travel to Margoon Waterfall is during spring and summer, as in wintertime the road might be snowy and it is dangerous for you to reach the place. You can drive to the waterfall, but you have to park your car about 800 meters before the waterfall entrance because no vehicle can pass through further. Also, you have to do a little hiking to get to this lovely place.
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