Iran is so beautiful and full of gorgeous attractions that we can not count them easily! Lots of historical and cultural attractions, towering mountains, roaring rivers, mysterious deserts, and lush plains and forests… All are exceptional and sight you have to visit; but one of the natural and extraordinary attractions of Iran is it’s valleys. The valleys that take away our intelligence and take us to an unknown world deep underground. These valleys are sometimes so unknown that few have heard of them. If you are also curious to discover the most beautiful valleys of Iran, join us to explore these amazing natural phenomena together.
Alamut valley is located in Qazvin province and overlooks the forested hills of Mazandaran province. This valley will surely amaze you with it’s beauty. The end of Alamut valley ends in a castle of the same name. A trip to Alamut valley will give you a good opportunity to experience both history and nature.
Alamut Castle is also known as the Castle of the Killers! And to reach it you have to take a steep path with a steep slope to enter the castle. The scenery around the valley from the top of Alamut Castle is indescribably beautiful. The road to Alamut valley and it’s fortress is a bit long and difficult; but all these difficulties are worth it if you are a man of adventure.
Alamut is a mountainous region and the best time to visit this valley is summer. Apart from Alamut Castle, this valley has other beauties such as Shirkuh Castle, Lambsar Fortress, Pich Bin Caravanserai, Alamut Caves and Lake Ovan.
Bouchir valley or Bouchir strait, also known as Cheleh Bouchir, is located in the shape of a crack in the heart of the mountain. At the end of this valley, there is a spring that a water flow passing the valley supplies it’s water. S, to enter it, you have to enter the water. The depth of this spring reaches to 35 meters. So note that swimming in it is not possible without having good swimming skills.
In the waters of the Strait, you can find Dr. Fishes. These kind of fish also have healing properties; so swimming in the water can also be useful! The water temperature of this strait is between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius; at first it is hot and in the middle it makes you’ll feel cold. If you are triggered to visit this valley, you should know that the best time to visit it is summer.
Qeshm Island is the host of a valley formed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks. Chahkuh valley is located in Shahab section of Qeshm city and it’s depth reaches 100 meters. Chahkuh is one of the most important tourist attractions of Qeshm Island. The valley is wide at first and then surprises tourists with it’s high walls! The width of the gorge becomes so narrow that it is difficult to cross. If you travel to Qeshm Island one day, keep in mind that your trip will not be complete without visiting the Chahkuh valley.
Fars province and Saran Behesht village are the hosts of Gambil valley. There is a river at the bottom of this gorge and sometimes it is necessary to enter the river in some parts of it to cross the gorge. Gambil valley is about 2100 meters high at the beginning of it’s route and it’s height reaches 2400 meters at the end.
Flowing waters, pristine and unique nature and the sound of birds are the dominant phenomena in this valley. As you stroll along the gorge, you will encounter walnut, raspberry, barberry and fig trees. Sunlight never reaches parts of the valley, which makes the atmosphere in these areas very cold; so have warm clothes with you because the weather can be freezing. Mid-May to the end of summer is the best time for adventure in Gambil valley.
Horse tail (in Persian: Dom Asb) Strait or valley is located 40 km south of Shiraz. This gorge is famous for it’s beautiful waterfall and is one of the important tourist attractions of Fars province. Horse tail valley derives it’s name from a waterfall resembling a horse tail. This waterfall is a continuation of a river, which falls down from the high cliffs and evokes the shape of a horse tail. The height of this waterfall reaches 30 meters.
The entire route from the valley to the horse tail Falls is covered with oak, pomegranate, peppermint, deciduous and short-stemmed plants. If you step into this valley one day, get ready to watch the funny squirrels! Wildlife and birds of prey also live in the area; but the presence of natuire walkers has made them less common.
Kal Jeny is located in South Khorasan, around the village of Azmighan. The Valley is known as the Grand Canyon of Iran! Because the ancient natives considered the valley scary and inhabited by ghosts, they named it Kal Jeny. Kal is a term meaning a valley or path formed due to floods and water flow. And Jen, is Persian for ghost.
When you visit this valley, you can clearly see the effect of the roaring rivers that flow through it. A work that has eroded the soil and formed valleys of this magnitude over thousands of years. Kal Jeny is U-shaped in some places and V-shaped in others. The high walls on both sides of the valley sometimes get so close that when we look up, you can no more see a sign of sky.
Unlike other lush and watery valleys, Kal Jeny is dry and waterless. However, there are small waterfalls flowing in this area called Sholan. Another attraction of this valley is the existence of old Zoroastrian houses in ancient times. These houses are connected by tunnels and date back to the Sassanid era.
One of the most alluring attractions of Lorestan province is Khazineh (translates as treasure) valley. If you are a fan of mountaineering and rock climbing, Khazineh valley is a good opportunity to experience these exciting sports and have a little adrenaline into your veins! Although Lorestan has a cold climate, fortunately this valley is located in a sunny area; and the best time to visit it is spring and autumn. One of the attractions of this Valley is it’s suspension bridge, which is the highest of it’s kind in Iran and even in the Middle East! If you come to this valley one day, be sure to cross the bridge, which is 112 meters long and 85 meters high. This height is equivalent to standing on top of a 29-story building!
Morteza Ali is located 30 km from Tabas and 2 km from Khoro village, in the heart of dry and desert mountains in South Khorasan province. The most amazing feature of this attraction is it’s boiling spring. This wonderful spring is divided into two parts, hot water and cold water. As you walk along this valley, you will come across springs that fall down the valley walls.
Morteza Ali hot spring has many salts and it’s water moves up to 300 meters parallel to cold water and does not mix with it. There is a hot spring on the right side of the valley and a cold spring on the left side; and when you put your foot in each of them, the temperature difference between the two waters is easily recognizable. This temperature difference sometimes reaches 10 degrees Celsius. These springs have lots of minerals and are useful and healing for those who have spasms and bone problems.
The end of this spring reaches the thinnest arched dam in the world, Abbasi Dam. Along the springs of Morteza Ali valley, there are some Zoroastrian tombs located on both sides of the spring walls.
Within the heights of the plains between Darab and Fasa in Shiraz province, there are valleys and straits hidden from our eyes! This area is quite pristine due to it’s extremely difficult access; you will need fully professional guides to get to Raghez Strait. The valley is full of many springs and ponds where you may also find some fishes in them! The gorge has waterfalls whose roaring waters flow into the basins below. Raghez is actually one of the most pleasant regions of Fars province, of course, in summer.
Rageh is one of the natural and unique phenomena of Rafsanjan city in Kerman province. This gorge, is located between the two important attractions of Iran; and visiting it is technically hitting tree birds with one rock! On your way to visit the namely Kalut Shahdad and Meymand village, you can take an amazing adventure to this valley of Iran.
Rageh, is the result of the erosion of the permanent river of Guidari and is about 20,000 years old. This valley is about 20 km long at a depth of 70 meters and it’s width varies from 2 meters to 180 meters. As you travel around the valley, you will encounter pointed cones, columns, concaves, and large and small cracks and holes that humans have created throughout their lives in the area. Rageh is free of any disturbing sound and the only thing that you can hear in it is the sound of birds like partridges and eagles. This pristine area is an ideal place for astronomical tours.
One of the most pristine and beautiful valleys in Iran is Shirz, dating back to several million years ago, created by erosion and geological changes. The valley is located between Kermanshah, Lorestan and Ilam provinces, 50 km northeast of Kuhdasht. The valley is 5 km long and it’s walls sometimes reach 150 to 200 meters.
In some parts of the valley, the walls are so high that you can not see the sun. The slope of these walls begins with a height of less than 10 meters near the village of Godargeh and culminates in the precipice of Haft Rak. The end of the gorge path is a good place to relax and unwind.
Valley’s climate in Autumn and Winter is cold and mild in Summer. The special shape, clear water and vegetation, gives a very beautiful and pleasant nature to the place. The erosion of rocks and mountains has given a special face to this valley. If you ever traveled to Shirz valley, remember that watching nature is completely pristine here. In the middle of the Shirz, you can see flowing water, which is good to now that is actually continues to Seymareh River.
The Valley of Love in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province is one of the most beautiful valleys of Iran. This valley is located along the Karun River. Access to the Valley of Love is not so easy and to reach it you have to walk from Shahrekord Road to Izeh. If you are interested in adventure, the roaring water boating on the Karun River awaits you.
According to local legends, in ancient times, two lovers lived on both sides of the valley. Those who find no bridge or way to reach each other, throw themselves into the Karun valley and river and die. The fiery love of these two lovers makes everyone know this valley as the “Valley of Love“.
Qeshm island is one the most wonderful places in Iran, there are lots of phenomenal tourism attractions locate din this island and if you are a fa of adventure we recommend you to visit it. One of the most popular and famous attractions on this island is the alley of stars.
According to the locals, this amazing valley on Qeshm Island with it’s tall columns and different shapes has been formed due to the collision of the stars with the earth. According to them, when the stars hit this area, the soil of the area rose and dried in the same way, forming short and long columns. The wind blowing along these pillars makes scary noises. Voices that locals believe are the voices of elves and ghosts! The natives of Qeshm refuse to enter this valley when it gets dark; and if you scare easily we recommend you not to explore the area at night. And it’s not bad to know that this valley is formed by soil erosion and is more than 2 million years old.
Which of Iran valleys did you like the most and which of these natural attractions goes on your “Must visit” list? Let us know by commenting your favorite one! And thanks for reading the article.