Iran Natural Attractions Part 2

High altitudes and summits scattered in different parts of Iran give special beauty to the ancient land, putting the country among the world's best tourist sites. There are many altitudes and summits in Iran -- a country with rich civilization and culture. To name a few out of enormous such natural attractions, reference should be made to Alvand Summit in Hamadan, Damavand Summit in Damavand, Dena Mountain, Hafshejan in Shahr-e-Kord (Charmahal-Bakhtiari Province), and Taftan Summit in Khash (Sistan- Balouchestan Province).

The mountainous region of Alvand embrace the important summits of the province. The Quri chay and Qarah Chay Rivers take their sources in the northern slopes, and the Yujari Chay and Khoram Abad Rivers take their sources in the south western skirts. The most suitable route to the Alvand peak is from the Ganj Nameh route (Hamadan) in Abbas Abad. In the skirts of Alvand Mountains, 'Kallaq Lan', 'Chal Qibleh' and 'Chal Nabaleqan' are equipped with facilities to accommodate visitors.

This peak with an attitude of 5,671 m. is located 75 km south east of Tehran. Besides the natural beauty of Mount Damavand, the Esk and Gol -e-Zard Caves are also placed in the ascending route to Plure. Besides these, other attractive sight-seeing areas of the region is the thermal spring of Larijan, the vicinity of Vararoo with 8 m. of snow in the winter season, and the Lar Lake, are worth mentioning.

The track to the said peak begins at Hafashjan. After crossing Kollak garden and lower and upper Kamar Qarchi gardens, mountain climbers ascend the flat rocks on skirts of this mountain and finally by passing through that, they reach Dena peak.

The mountainous area and Taftan peak is located in the southeast of Iran, and within a distance of 50 km. southeast of Khash city. This mountain embraces the Taftan volcano and is the tallest mountain of Baluchestan, with several peaks. Its famous volcanic summit known as 'Chehel Tan' lies 380 km. north of the Oman Sea. This summit has two main branches, the northern one is the highest and called 'Ziarat', whereas the southern one is known as 'Madar Kooh'. From the northeastern direction this peak is known as 'Sobh Kooh' and in the west is called 'Lor Kooh'. --irna

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