Badab-e Surt Will Make You Fall in Love with Iran’s Natural Beauty

Badab-e surt
Aloulak, Qazvin Province, Iran. Photo by Saeed Sarshar on Unsplash

Persian ruins, palaces, and mosques are usually the first thing that pops to mind when someone mentions Iran, but they’re not the only attractions in this country worth the visit. Its natural wonders are as impressive as its architecture, and Badab-e Surt is one of the best examples.

Badab-e Surt was formed when two distinct mineral hot springs merged together into one singular entity. The first one is known for its sour water that gives this geological phenomenon its orange hue, while the other is filled with salty water that’s believed to have healing properties.

Badab-e Surt was formed during the Pleistocene and Pliocene period, and it took thousands of years for the terraced hot springs to take their current shape. As mineral springs poured over the sedimentary rocks, countless iridescent pools were formed, ranging in color from yellow to dark red.

This geological masterpiece is located near the tiny village of Orost in Mazandaran Province. Seeing it in person is easier said than done due to its secluded location, but you won’t regret taking a trip, especially if you’re lucky enough to visit it around sunrise or sunset.