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Iran’s Splendid Lakes

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sam K. Parks-Kia 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Due to its extraordinary tectonic features, Iran has quite a large number of lakes. While some are always filled, others are merely dry basins for most of the year that are filled depending on seasonal conditions.

The focus here is to bring to attention six of the most beautiful places with the most eccentric sceneries and weather to visit while staying in Iran.

Avan Lake

The Avan Lake, in the Province of Qazvin, is situated in the historic Alamout area, home to the world-famous Alamout fortress, which was once the headquarters of the Ismaili sect, led by Hassan Sabbah between the 11th and 13th centuries.

The lake has a surface of 70 square kilometers (27 square miles) at 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea levels. The Avan Lake is crystal clear and is solely supplied by underground spring discharges.

Fishing, swimming and sailing are the activities available during summer. The lakes surface freezes in winter and is suitable for ice-skating.

Gahar Lakes

There are two lakes within 100 meters (330 feet) of each other named the Upper Gahar and the Lower Gahar on the southern summit of Mount Ashtaran.

The lower lake is the larger of the two and its altitude is 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) lower than the other. The Upper Gahar Lakes is situated at an altitude of 2,300 meters (7,545 feet).

Altogether they are 2,100 meters (1.3 miles) long and 355 meters (1,164 feet) wide. The lake is situated between the towns of Aligoudarz and Doroud.

There is no motorway to the lakes and the best way to get there is a climb to the Tpaleh Straight from Aligoudarz and from there a hike to the lakes. Although you may alternatively climb up to the lakes from Doroud, if you setout from Aligoudarz you will pass through a forest and enjoy the scenery.

The Gahar Lakes are dubbed "The Jewel of Mount Ashtaran," and are considered as two of Iran's most stunning lakes.

There is a no hunting/fishing policy in the vicinity of the lakes, since they fall under the Ashtaran protected area.

With the exception of their eastern shore, which has a sandy beach, the lakes are not suitable for swimming.

The only means of accommodation is a tent erected by campfire.

Orumieh Lake

Formerly known as Chichast and Kaboodan, the Orumieh Lake is Iran's largest and the world's third-largest salt lake. The lake lies between the provinces of East and West Azarbaijan in northwestern Iran.

It is about 140 kilometers (87 miles) long, and 15-55 kilometers (10-34 miles) wide —, the width varies at different points. The Orumieh Lake is 16 meters (52 feet) deep at its deepest point.

The lake is home to over 100 little islands — none of them inhabitable.

As the lake separates the cities of Orumieh and Tabriz — two major northwestern Iranian cities — it was decided to construct a highway across the Orumieh Lake.

Swimming in the Orumieh is recommended by Aquatic therapists, who believe the mineral-rich water of the lake has therapeutic powers.

While there are a number of fine hotels surrounding the lake, many prefer to set up tents and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Parishan Lake

The Parishan Lake, also known as Lake Famour, is situated southeast of Kazeroun in the southern Province of Fars.

Without a doubt the Parishan Lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit. The lake is calm and quiet throughout spring and summer, but with the introduction of late fall winds it displays weeks of turbulence, hence the name — in Persian Parishan means turbulent.

The lake, which is no more than 5 meters (16 feet) deep, is surrounded by the Zagros Range. The shallow waters of the lake explain the decline in its levels in summer.

The Parishan Lake has a surface area of approximately 45 square kilometer (17 square miles) and is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southeast of Kazeroun.

The lake's distance from surrounding mountains varies from 500 meters (1,650 feet) to 5 kilometers (3 miles). There are a number of small caves facing the lake on the summit of mount Famour.

You may either resort to camping or staying in Pol-Abgineh village west of the Lake.

Shour-Mast Lake

Although small, the Shour-Mast Lakes is the biggest tourist attraction in the Savad Kouh village, 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) east of the town of Pol-Sefid.

The lake's surface area is no more than 15 square kilometers (5.7 square miles) and it is 5.5 meters (18 feet) deep.

The Shour-Mast Lake is surrounded by very tall and old Alder trees. a coal mine, the historic Veresk Bridge, the Abdulhaq Shrine, the Lajim historic towers and many other great landscapes are located not far from the lake.

It is easily accessible since it is situated on one of the main roads connecting the capital city of Tehran with the northern "Green Strip."

Since the Shour-Mast Lake is close to a number of villages and towns, finding accommodation is not that difficult of a task.

Zarivaar (Zareh-Var) Lake

Situated 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) west of Marivan in the Province of Kurdistan, the fresh water lake is covered with ice for the most part of winter.

The lake is 5 kilometers (3 miles) long and 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long and while its water levels depend on the amount of rain or snow fall, it is 5.5 meters (18 feet) deep at most.

Most of the Zarivaar Lake's water is supplied by the Cham-Zarivaar River, rainfall and natural spring discharges. The Marivan River stems from the Zarivaar Lake.

The Lake is one of the amazing tourist attractions in Kurdistan Province but since it is situated at an altitude of 818 meters (2,683 feet) it has remained a tranquil spot.

Visitors can either find accommodation by staying at one of the nearby towns and villages or set up a tent in nature and enjoy an unforgettable camping experience.

Source: Press TV

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