Iran is a country of various landscapes and all over the country the sheer amount of natural wonders is fascinating. Unlike what is commonly thought of Iran, the country is not only covered in endless deserts and in fact hidden in the various corners of Iran, many large lakes can be found that are stunning to view and some even feature unique characteristics. In this article we shall introduce some of the most beautiful lakes in Iran to visit.
1 – The Salt Lake:
Located at a 1 – 2 hour drive from Tehran and at a 60 KM distance from the city of Qom. The Salt Lake known as “Daryache Namak” in the Persian language is about 1700 Square kilometers of dried lake and only about a small fraction of that vast area is covered in water. The Salt Lake is very rich in minerals and due to that, no creature can possibly survive in the lake. Travelers arriving at the lake will be surprised by the sheer beauty of the landscape especially the areas where the water is shallow, creating a wonderful reflection effect with the sky. Every year hundreds of local and international photographers travel to the Salt Lake to capture breathtaking photos of this natural phenomenon and even enjoy observing the starry sky.
2 – Maharloo Lake:
Considered one of the most unique lakes in the world, the Maharloo Lake color changes into a wonderfully colored pink. This natural change is due to an algae that grows in the lake and because of its high salinity. This mesmerizing natural beauty is located at a 30 KM distance from Shiraz and is a popular destination for nature lovers. Tourists traveling to Iran just should keep in mind that usually in the peak of summer, the lake dries up so they should plan their visit accordingly.
3 – Urmia Lake:
Located in the northwestern region of Iran, the Urumia Lake is one of the largest in the world covering a vast area of over 5000 square kilometers. This wonderful lake is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iran that due to the combination of salt content in its water, reflects a soothing blueish and reddish hue when the sun shines on it. Unfortunately, large areas of this lake are in danger of drying up and the water is going shallow but the sight of salt crystals in the lake are simply amazing.
4 – Anzali Lake:
Wonderfully located near the Caspian Sea and in the northern region of Iran, the Anzali Lake is the home to a great range of flora and birdlife. Tourists visiting the beautiful lake in Iran will have the opportunity to book a private boat ride on the water and enjoy the stunning natural landscapes and over 70 various bird species. The Anzali Lake is also a favorite migration stop for many more exotic birds and every year hundreds of photographers come this location to capture the incredible scenes of this Iranian lake.
The Lakes in Iran like many other natural wonders in the country are a perfect destination for a day trip in the country and unmatched photographic locations. If you are planning a trip to Iran, we strongly suggest visiting the fascinating lakes.