Traveling to Chabahar would be like finding a way into animations: Pink lagoon, the river of crocodiles playing with local people, a mud volcano…and so on. Stick with us to get more info about Chabahar, the wonderful adventurous destination in the far southeast of Iran.
Do you still remember your 12 years old version dreaming about an invitation to ” Journey to Mars” in childhood? Well, here we are to do the real invitation to the Martian Mountains of Chabahar. Martian mountains are ancient at more than 4 to 5 million years old and are among the most important mountain ranges in southeastern Iran. The antiquity of the Martian mountains causes the genesis of fossils of various organisms have been found in its grooves and valleys, most of which are aquatic. For this reason, there is a theory that the area was previously surrounded by water and gradually the water receded to the present-day Gulf of Goatherd. The last point of the mountains is in the village of Tis. The 2,500-year-old village of Tis or Tiz was the important trade port of Iran that Alexander Macedonian has destroyed in an attack on Iran. All the grooves in the mountains are created naturally and there are no traces of human activity.
the best location to see the Red Tide phenomenon in Iran is Lipar lake, located in 15 km east Chabahar. The lake is named after Pink Lake because of the abundance of plant plankton in the area and the richness of the area’s water from organic and mineral materials that are fed to the area by rivers connected to the bay. Excessive biological production will occur in some seasons of the year, so that these factors, along with marine currents caused by monsoon storms, which are unique features of the Oman Ocean basin, cause an increase in the number of plant plankton in the months following the monsoon season. From mid-June to mid-September; the red tide phenomenon in December reaches the highest level. Although the color of the lagoon might reminds of strawberry shake and seems delicious; But actually it’s among the saltiest ponds in the world.
You might have seen a lot of unknown pictures of a dreamy sea embraces the desert on which camels are passing through the palm trees. The coastal Darak village, in Makran, is where you can be in these picturesque frames. Not so far from the Hara forest, and Galak estuary, this untouched area invites you to an incredible peace. The shining nights of Darak, with all those bright stars in the clear sky and phytoplanktons lighting up a beautiful blue as the tides roll in the ocean, shouldn’t be missed.
Banyan tree, and in the local language Craig, is a large tree that can be found in the southern coastal strip, including Chabahar. The branches of this strange tree turn from the top to the ground and fall back into the ground instead of heading into the sky, and another stem emerges from them, which is why the trunk of the tree has a very special and fragmented shape and is spectacular and different. The Banyan trees are generally living over 100 years old, with smooth, gray skin and large, simple leaves, and the orange fruits, large as hazelnuts blinks from the sides of their leaves. The bark extract of this tree is used as a mouthwash to reduce toothache or to strengthen the gums, as well as to treat diarrhea, dysentery, gonorrhea, and stomach ulcers. The young leaves and twigs are used to treat skin diseases. It is interesting to know that Banyan trees are unrivaled in the world in terms of sanctity and antiquity. This tree is one of the longest living trees. Buddhists believe that Prince Siddhartha became enlightened by sitting under this tree and has since become a Buddha, which is why the Buddhists believe that it is a sacred tree.
Gando Protected Area:
Bahoo Kalat is the name of a village which is the habitat of rare Iranian crocodile Gando. Residents of the southern Sistan and Baluchestan region consider the animal a symbol of blessing and prosperity and believe that with the migration and death of this animal, drought and famine will overshadow their lives. Because of this heartfelt belief, they will do their best to take care of this animal.
There are many protected areas and biosphere Reserves around Iran, you may be interested in vising.
Gel Afshan mud volcano in Chabahar:
The explosion of mud bubbles called also “Gel Afghan” in the local language. This geological phenomenon happens when the subsurface water brings the mud to the surface but it has stronger side effects when it rains. As this mud has got many minerals in it, it can be used to cure some skin diseases, pains in the joints, and vasoconstriction.
There are numerous Gel Afshans in Baluchistan province, but the main is located 90 km away from Konarak, and 30 km away from Kahir village. Some locals make poetries and kid toys from the cold mud.