Friday, December 16, 2016

Iran's Lut Desert in Pictures

Iran has an impressive 20 cultural world heritage sites registered with UNESCO, but in July of this year, it got its first natural site, the Lut Desert (Dashte Lut). I visited the Lut Desert over the Nowruz holiday in March, and it is indeed an exceptional site. Located outside the city of Kerman, it's known to be one of the hottest and driest spots on Earth. In fact, I was told by several people that it's too hot for any living creature to survive there, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across a perfectly camouflaged lizard making its way around. 

The land formations, yardangs (or Kalut in Persian), are caused by strong winds that occur, and therefore, the formations are constantly changing. If you were to go back to the same spot at a later time, it would look completely different. The trip to the desert itself is quite mesmerizing as you pass sand dunes and empty stretches of road. Once you arrive, there is the chance to rent 4-wheelers or take a camel ride through the desert, but for me all of that was unnecessary and actually took away from the serenity and silence the desert has to offer. I instead opted to trek a little deeper, climb on top of a Kalut, and simply be still. 


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