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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, Darvaza
(4.8/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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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  • Firstly, it is necessary to travel at night to arrive shortly before dawn and look at the crater in the dark (and necessarily in the wee morning twilight). On the way back, when this day was coming, will be photographing at the dunes. If earlier in the desert were not, it would be interesting. Secondly, on the way back four on mud and water craters. Their examination will not take much time, but the show is worth it. And more. It is best to plan a trip at the end of April-May. In the spring it will be unforgettable!
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  • Only 250 km from the direction of the nation's capital. During the trip, or desert landscapes. Pretty monotonous. Visit also the other two kraaterilla. The second water (+ plastic bottles), the other with bubbling mud.
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  • Extraordinary and stunning sight to see. An absolute must see if you get the chance. We got there as part of our Golden Eagle Silk Road rail trip from Moscow to Beijing. The train arrived at the Ichog...  more »

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