0946 GMT June 30, 2022
On a single trip, you can enjoy the history and culture as well as the amazing natural attractions of the country. One of the less-known astonishing wonders of Iran are the terraced hot springs of Badab-e Surt located in northern province of Mazandaran, surfiran.com wrote.
There are a few similar sites to Badab-e Surt all around the world. Pamukkale in Turkey and Yellow Stones National Park in the US are among the most famous ones.
Due to the high level of minerals such as iron oxide, which exist in the hot springs of Badab-e Surt, a unique and colorful stepped terrace has emerged that adds to the beauty of the natural site.
What is Badab-e Surt?
Badab in Farsi means gassed water (bad means gas and ab means water) and surt was originally the name of the nearest village to the site. Nowadays, local people call the village Orost.
The sedimentary rock was created over thousands of years and the water comes from two mineral hot springs located above. As the water flows down, the heavier minerals settle down and water becomes clearer. As a result, a mirror-like surface was generated and each little pond reflects the color of the sky.
That’s the reason why it is advisable to visit Badab-e Surt during the sunrise and sunset. As the color of sky changes, the site, too, shifts color and a dreamy landscape appears.
When you reach the terraces, you will have an amazing view of the site along with the mountains surrounding it. You may see only a few visitors, and if you’re so lucky, no visitors at all, so you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the unguarded site.
Remember that you don’t have to pay for visiting Badab-e Surt and it is free to explore it. You are recommended to take care of the amazing natural attraction and help preserve it in its natural shape.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Badab-e Surt would be around April and May. During spring, the weather is perfect for visiting this part of Iran and you’ll enjoy the scenery created by lush green mountains surrounding the terraces. However, it is also possible to visit Badab-e Surt in other seasons and because of the minerals and salt, water never freezes, even during the coldest days of winter.
How to get there
As mentioned above, Badab-e Surt is located far from the main road and you need to walk for around 30 minutes to reach it. Also, you may need the help of a local guide. There are two main roads which take you to the place.
The first road passes from Semnan, Mahdishahr, Shahrmirzad in Semnan Province before reaching Orost Village located seven kilometers from the site. The other road goes from Sari in Mazandaran Province and passes through Kiasar Forest. Although the second road is a little bit longer, it is recommended to take this route as it is more scenic and you’ll be impressed by the beauty of nature in this part of Iran.
Until reaching the Orost Village, the asphalted roadways are in good condition. From the village, however, the road is not that much good and you may decide to leave the car and walk or pay the locals to get you there on their trucks.
You are recommended to walk, as it is safer and besides, you will enjoy what you see on your way.