Vashi Strait: Tehran’s Tourist Haven
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Strait of Vashi or Savashi, which is located 15 km northwest of Firoozkouh, has many tourist attractions. The area’s favorable climatic conditions in summers can host a large number of tourists.
The narrow access road to this strait is located to the west of Firoozkouh. Tourists have to hire mules or horses to visit the strait across a rocky terrain.
Given the proximity of this strait to the city of Tehran, it is possible to visit the strait in a one-day trip.
In summertime, residents of Tehran province and other adjacent provinces throng to this strait.
Vashi Strait is 300 meters long and has rocky mounds about 100 meters high.
The river passing through this area originates from Savashi Mountain. Crossing this river, which is located in a stone valley, is one of the most attractive aspects of traveling to Vashi Strait.
In order to reach the strait, after traveling 2 kilometers on the Firoozkouh-Tehran Road, visitors take a side road. They reach Jalizjand Village after traveling for 9 kilometers. This village is situated near a green plain marked with wheat and potato farms and fruit gardens.
After passing through the village and traveling for about 4 kilometers on a road that runs alongside water streams.
After passing through the first strait and a beautiful plain, visitors reach a second strait--about two kilometers away. This strait is also eye-catching like the first strait and cool water springs flow from different parts of its rocky areas.
Toward the end of this strait is a beautiful waterfall where people can swim in summers.
A rare local plant called ’Barijeh’ grows in this area, which is protected by the Department of Environment. It is illegal to pick this plant.
Vashi Strait is also known for a historical relic. One of the three famous bas reliefs of the Qajar era is located in this strait.
The two other bas reliefs are located in Shahr Rey’s Cheshmeh Ali and Vana Tunnel on Haraz Road. The three bas reliefs were carved upon the order of Qajar king, Fath Ali Shah.
The shah, who lived in Shiraz before ascending the throne, was impressed by the city’s bas reliefs. Hence, he assigned three people to make these bas reliefs in Tehran.
The bas relief in Vashi Strait measures 6 by 7 meters. Fath Ali Shah’s era is depicted on the bas relief. It also shows a hunting scene with a horse, a spear and the prey.
Images of the shah’s sons, namely Abbas Mirza and Ali Naqi Mirza, as well as his grandchildren can be seen hunting in this bas relief.
It also shows a gazelle and deer that continue to inhabit the strait.
The Jalizjand Bas Relief was three years in the making and dates back to 185 years. It has been carved in a mountain in a way that it remains protected from rainfall and the sun’s radiation.
In addition to taking delight in the strait’s beautiful natural surroundings, tourists can also visit this bas relief. A visit to Vashi Strait can be a pleasurable experience.