Friday, August 31, 2007

Iran's fabulous water cave: Alisadr

Ali Sadr Cave is a cave located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan in western Iran .The cave walls can extend up to 40 meters high, and it contains several large, deep lakes.

The cave has a river flowing through it and most travel through the cave system is done with a boat. Ali Sadr cave is situated between the large cities in Hamadan, Tehran and Qom making it a popular destination for Iranians. The cave was originally discovered during the reign of Darius I (485 BC) which can be verified by an old inscription at the entrance of the tunnel. This is the only cave open to tourism in Iran and according to IRNA it attracts 300,000 visitors per year. A German/British expedition of the cave took place in 2001.


Larry said...

Interesting post and photos. I wonder why this is the only one open to the public.

Naj said...

By open to the public I mean, open with touristic facilities!

Nature is pretty much unrestricted in Iran! Go-at-your-own-risk though and don't complain if a piece of stone falls on you :))

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks.....always nice to realize nature is indeed "everywhere!"

Monte said...

Wow - gorgeous!