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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, Darvaza
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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We travelled here over a horrible road from Konya Urgench and stayed the night. Many people drive in from Ashgabat and even go back on the same day (well actually night). We arrived in the late aftern... read more »
If you are travelling north or south to/from Ashgabat you must stop in to visit the gas crater. Try to time it around dusk as that is when it is at its most impressive.
This was cool. It was pretty good but it wasn't worth the trip from Arizona to there, though. Enjoy.
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