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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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  • Seeing Darvaza was one of the main reasons for my visit to Turkmenistan and this was an absolutely outstanding experience to see it on the sunset. I felt like I can keep watching it forever.  more »
  • Hell on Earth, is the best way to define this impressive crater in the middle of the Karakum desert. 60 meters deep and 20 in diameter no less. The heat is scorching even many meters away. It all began in the year 1971 with a mining prospecting. An underground cave exploded releasing methane gas to the present day. Not suitable is to get too close, searing heat, because it is dangerous, because it is coming out methane gas and because the ground beneath our feet does not know for sure to what extent it is solid or lease. I would not test, the truth. In addition, the wind, sometimes, pushes a few flare-ups of hot air that frightens a little. Place as so fascinating to approach with caution and respect.
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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 »

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