Darvaza Gas Crater

Portal to hell

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Ahal, Turkmenistan

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Behold the door to hell

Darvaza gas crater is known locally as the “Door to Hell" or ''Gates of Hell” for a reason. It is one of the most bizarre locations you can visit anywhere on the Earth, and that is just an understatement. Darvaza Gas Crater is a literal fiery crater filled that has been burning for more than 40 years. This smoldering lake has a diameter of 226 feet and is 100 feet deep.

Eternal flames

Darvaza Crater is situated in Karakum desert in Turkmenistan, about 260 kilometres north of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It was formed when a natural gas rigging team accidentally punched a massive hole in the ground. As a result, large quantities of highly inflammable gas and toxic fumes began to gush out of the hole. To prevent further damage, the team decided to set the gas on fire which resulted in the eternal fire of Darvaza gas Crater.

Highway to hell

Even though the description of Darvaza Crater might sound like it came out some metal song lyrics, visiting the crater is not exactly as difficult as you think. In fact, 50,000 tourists have visited the site since 2009. You can set up a camp to enjoy the sight and to gaze the night skies of Karakum desert. If camping is not your thing, hotels available in the nearby towns Ashgabat and Dashoguz, even though we highly recommend camping overnight near the crater to make the most out of the visit.

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