Iran's Scenic Routes: A Journey through Nature's Contrasts
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If you are fond of leisure and travel, it’s nearly impossible not to have heard of the dreamy road from Abbas Abad to Kelardasht. This 30-kilometer road passes through the Hyrcanian forests in western Mazandaran, accessible via the Chalus and Marzan Abad roads and, on the other side, from Abbas Abad. With its numerous twists and turns due to the mountainous region, the Abbas Abad road gains altitude and then loses it as it descends from the high points.
Astara is one of the greenest spots in Iran, and the Ardabil province, due to its proximity to the northern areas, is one of the best places in the northwest. The Hyran Gorge is a famous spot amidst this heavenly road, turning into one of the most beautiful places in Iran. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit this beautiful 80-kilometer road. In the spring, you can experience a real glimpse of paradise, while in autumn, you’ll witness the most romantic spots in Iran.
Another dreamy road that begins in Gilan province and concludes in the green areas of Ardabil province. In its early sections, you can witness dense forests such that even sunlight barely pierces through the canopy, while in other parts, you’ll see vast, open green fields showcasing a rich and gifted mountainous life. The 70-kilometer Asalem to Khalkhal road passes through beautiful northern villages, wooden cabins, lakes, waterfalls, and the pastures of the north country.
As far as the eye can see, there’s only lush greenery and vitality. Only an experienced psychologist could elucidate how much green can soothe the human soul and mind. Visit this area in May to see a spectrum of green hues painting the landscape. The summer may bring the discomfort of high temperatures, but the higher altitudes still offer cool and pleasant weather. If you venture into the forests, you can see yellow and red flowers blossoming amidst the green fields. Like many other roads in Gilan province, you can encounter waterfalls, lakes, and numerous attractions within these forests.
If you’re interested in geography, you’ve probably heard of the village of Hajij in Kermanshah province and the city of Paveh. A mountainous road leads from this village towards the town of Oraman in Kurdistan province, located precisely at the border point. The beauty of this road is so immense that it looks like a painting crafted by a tasteful artist. You must be a professional driver to travel to Oramanat Takht. Not everyone has the courage and audacity to drive on long slopes, narrow roads, and the bustling twists and turns of this area, and at the same time, enjoy the surrounding beauty.
You can’t expect all the country’s roads to have lush and beautiful nature. Desert roads can also be among the most attractive streets in the country. Today, many young people are more interested in desert tours than wandering in the dense forests of the north! The road from Shahdad to Nehbandan, which also provides access to Zahedan, Mashhad, and Birjand, is one of the most beautiful roads in Iran due to its desert nature.
If you have experienced all of the above options and are looking for a newer experience, do not miss the following routes:
- Haraz Road
- Ghouchan to Dargaz Road
- Filband Village Road
- Shahrekord to Izeh Road
- Shiraz to Kazeroon Road
- Aras Jolfa Border Road
- Semirom to Yasuj Road
- Kalaleh to Khalid Nabi Road
- Ramsar to Javaherdeh Road
- Chabahar to Bandar Gowater Road
- Breeze Coastal Road in Chabahar
- Parsian to Bandar Moqam (Bostanu) Road
- Gorgan to Bojnord Road that passes through the Golestan Forest