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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, Darvaza

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Peer into the fiery chasm of "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, a dramatic opening in the earth glowing with fire and heat. What began as a natural gas field collapsed during Soviet prospecting in 1971 and was promptly set on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas to neighboring towns. The 70 m (230 ft) wide hole, expected to burn out within weeks, has been alight ever since. Offering otherworldly views and photo opportunities, the remote site is best experienced after nightfall, so consider arranging to camp in the area to see the burning hole in all its glory. Put "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit at the forefront of your travel plans using our Darvaza itinerary planner.
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  • Extremely weird phenomenon, well worth a visit. Camping around the crater allows you to see it both during day- and nighttime, totally different views.  more »
  • Well worth a visit. One of the weirdest placera you'll ever see. Best viewed at night. We camped a few hundred meters from it. Good dinner at dusk with 3 bottles of vodka for 3 people (me, friend, gui...  more »
  • The experience of watching the sun set over this flaming crater was not to be missed, and made up for the fact that we had to camp rough (I am not a camping girl). The heat of it as you walk around it...  more »