Exploring Northwestern Iran: Unveiling the Lakes
Embark on a transformative exploration of northwestern Iran, where history, culture, and nature intertwine seamlessly. Our comprehensive tour invites you to witness the picturesque lakes, captivating cities, and the warmth of local interactions. From the ancient streets of Tabriz to the enchanting shores of Urmia Lake, each day offers new discoveries and lasting memories. Join us in uncovering the hidden treasures of this remarkable region.
This trip starts from Tabriz, but its purpose is not to see Tabriz! The purpose of this trip is to visit the lakes of northwestern Iran. Of course, not all lakes. The route you will take starts from the center of East Azarbaijan province and ends in West Azarbaijan.
The first lake you will see is Il Goli Lake, or a pool in Tabriz City. This historical complex is an artificial water tank used to store water. We will soon leave Tabriz and go to Urmia to reach a natural lake.
The road known as Darya Road takes you to the largest natural lake inside the borders of Iran: Urmia Lake. This road has reduced the distance between the centers of East and West Azarbaijan provinces to its lowest level with a bypass and a long bridge called Shahid Kalantari Bridge so that you can reach Urmia from Tabriz in less than two hours.
Lake Urmia is the most critical and largest saltwater lake in Iran and is protected by the Environmental Protection Organization as the second largest national park in Iran. In the summer, due to the heat of the air and evaporation of the water, the salt concentration of the lake increases, and Lake Urmia finds its saltiest state and the lake water color usually turns red. Before reaching the lake, buy one or two kilos of cucumbers, which will be handy!
Urmia bazaar and Jame Mosque in its vicinity, Seh Gonbad Tomb and its surrounding workshops, Urmia Municipality and City Police Building, Nene Maryam Church, Sardar Mosque with gorgeous tiling, which is also known as Saatlo Mosque, Chichest Beach Village and Bari Resort in The surroundings of Urmia are among the many sights of this city, which you should plan to visit.
Fortunately, in Urmia, you can find all kinds of hotels, apartment hotels, guesthouses and local accommodations. One of the most famous hangouts of Urmia, especially around sunset and summer nights, is the Band promenade, located in the southwest of Urmia and at a short distance from the city.
Get ready to see the third and fourth lakes of this trip today. Continuing the same route suggested last night towards the Band promenade will bring you to the foot of a vast lake formed due to the construction of a dam on the Shaherchai River. You will reach the top of Shahrchai Dam by passing through the mountain passes. At the highest point is a space similar to a parking lot where you can park your car and enjoy the cool mountain air and the beautiful view of the lake among the high mountains.
Continue the road until you reach the Silvana highway. Remember this well; we will come back to it again! Take the tee to the right in the same direction as the Silvana sign. This route leads to the Cerro border, which you may have heard of before, but after passing Mawana and before reaching the Cerro border, continue west. The destination is Lake Marmisho, located right on the border between Iran and Turkey. Before reaching the lake, the border post will ask you for some basic information, and after coordination, you will go to a paradise called Marmisho—a lake surrounded by mountains and tall trees.
This border lake is 2 hours away from Urmia, and the other way to access it is from the Seru border and Selmas road in the north.
After visiting Lake Marmisu, return to the Silvana highway and continue to Ziveh and Dizej. What surprises you today is the Kurdish clothes and language of the region’s people!
It was a busy and exciting day. Unfortunately, this area has no hotel or hospitality, but you can rent a village house and be a guest of Iran’s bordering and kind Kurds for a night.
The last lake you will visit on this trip has a different charm. This lake, called Dalanper or Dalamper, was formed in the middle of a mountain with the same name. This mountain is located right at the zero point on the border of Iran, Turkey and Iraq, and it is not easy to access. On the way, a vast and full water waterfall called Sole Dokol awaits you, which you must not forget to see. The road to the waterfall is asphalt, and it is not a problem. But from here on, you must have an off-road SUV or rent a car at Dizajmargvar and be safe with a local driver.
From here to the foot of the lake, you have more than an hour of beautiful mountain roads ahead of you, and you enter the border heights of Iran.
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