Nowadays with this modern and fast life, we’re all dreaming of traveling to new exotic destinations and exploring amazing natural attractions that ease our mind. Iran is home to some of the oldest civilizations of the world, the friendliest people, and wonderful architectural legacies. However apart from manmade heritages, the undiscovered and otherworldly attractions of wilder Iran from surreal geological formations to dense forests and endless deserts blow every visitor’s mind and attract nature lovers from all over the world.
Below we have introduced some of the amazing places in Iran that seem out of this world, and are unique destinations that attract travelers with unique taste.
The Lut Desert
No article about the natural attraction of Iran would be complete without mentioning the astonishing Lut Desert. The Lut Desert is the world’s 34 largest desert covering a vast area in Kerman and Sistan o Baluchistan Province in eastern Iran and it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. This desert offers scenic landscapes from surreally beautiful yardangs (known as Kaluts), which are rock formations created by wind and water erosion in millions of years, to smooth dunes, and also Nebkas or desert vases which are sand dunes formed around the root of desert plants which all can be witnessed in the Shahdad Desert the most popular part of the Lut Desert among the nature lovers. The other amazing feature of this desert is its clear sky that performs the most scenic shows during sunset or starry nights, when you can catch many meteorites.
Lut Desert - Iran
Located 41 kilometres on the northeast of Tehran, the legendary Mount Damavand is the highest peak of the Alburz Mountain range which is stretched from the northwest to the northeast of Iran and is like a wall which separates the northern region of Iran with its foggy and rainy climate from the rest of the country. Known as the highest peak in the Middle East, the Damavand Peak is 5671 meters high into the clouds and has a special place in Iranian folklore and poetry as a symbol of immortality and strength. This iconic peak is one of the most suitable mounts for climbing and offers 16 different climbing routes that usually take two to five days to be passed. During the adventure, the mountain climbers enjoy the rich fauna of the area and its amazing natural scenes like the plains covered with wild red tulips, water springs, the legendary scene of the peak covered with snow all year around. If you are interested in taking this adventure, check out the Damavand Climbing Tour of PackToIran.
Mount Damavand - Iran
With vast plains of harmonic hills covered with green velvet in spring, rivers, and dense forests, the Turkmen Sahra is an area in the northeast of Iran covering an area in the Golestan and North Khurasan provinces. The Turkmen Sahra is one of the special natural attractions of Iran which has become a booming destination especially during spring and early summer. Among the most important landmarks in this region are the Khaled Nabi Cemetery which is known for the hundreds of genitalia-shaped gravestones which are so mysterious, and also the UNESCO listed Gonbad-e Qabus tomb tower dating bck to the 11th century.
Khaled Nabi cemetery - Iran
It is less than 20 years that travelers and nature lovers have discovered the magical Hormuz Island and it has become a booming winter destination, because of its scenic beaches known as the red soil beach, the silver beach (known because of its shining silver sand), the valley of statues, known for its strange rock formations, the rainbow valley, the salt goddess cave, etc. This island is also known for its special atmosphere and warm hearted locals.
Hormuz Island - Iran
Located by the high Spinas mount of the Alburz mountain range in the rainy Gilan Province of northern Iran, the Laton waterfall is 105-meters high and is one of the 30 highest waterfalls in the world. This special waterfall is hidden among the dense Hyrcanian Forests known as the ancient forests of the world. For visiting the Laton Waterfall, you need to take a 4WD car and be accompanied by a local guide, as it has an undiscovered route passing through the forests.
Latun waterfall - Iran