A Trip to Iran’s Shahdad: The Hottest Place on Earth

Mahdi Kalhor * – A trip to the uncharted desert and the fantastic “city” of Kalout is a special treat, cherished even by native Iranians. You will experience the walk among the fantasy-land structures, carved out of sand hills through ecos of the blowing desert winds. You will let yourself roll down the soft sand hills, see the Nebka’s (the flower pots of the desert), the in-congruent citrus gardens in the heart of the desert and old fortresses.

The building in Mahan Garden, Kerman province / Credit: Mahdi Kalhor

The building in Mahan Garden, Kerman province / Credit: Mahdi Kalhor

You will explore the historic cities of Kerman, Mahan and their surrounding villages, and visit the lush green Bagh-e Shazdeh (Prince Garden) known as the “Paradise of the Desert”. The inner tranquility that will decent upon you by spending a night or two under the dark and starry skies of Shahdad, in the heart of the Iranian Kavir surrounded by the deep silence of the desert, will add so much more to the pleasures of your trip to. Full day walking among Kalouts from Kootoos to Sulty River, visiting Desert landscapes, Salty River and Salt crystals & polygons.

The Lut desert is divided into 3 sections. the northern,central and southern section. The central section is the largest part of  Lut desert and also reaches its lowest altitude. there are several Kaluts, a moving sand castle that is being built one day and moves another day, in this region that extend from central Lut to the west.

Kalouts in Shahdad desert / Credit: Mahdi Kalhor

Kalouts in Shahdad desert / Credit: Mahdi Kalhor

These Kalouts are located in an area 40km east and north east of Shahdad. They have been generated by the the extreme soil and water erosion and extend from north-west to the south-east of the region. The Kaluts cover part of the western fringe of the Lut desert with an average length of 145 km. There is little vegetation in the desert region. In the addition to the Kaluts, there are other beautiful attractions to the east of Kerman, the lowest region of the Lut desert to the east of a salt mine called Gowd-e Namak, which is situated in the western region of the Kaluts.

“Gandom Beryan”, the hottest place on Earth / Credit: Mahdi Kalhor

At this point,the altitude is a mere 56 m above sea level and is recorded as the lowest region in Iran and not only the hottest place in Iran, but the hottest place on earth. They call this place “Gandom Beryan”, which means Roasted Grain. The temperature in the Lut desert can exceed 70 degree centigrade in the shade, which makes it even hotter than “Death Valley” in Saudi Arabia.

* Mahdi Kalhor is a photographer on Panoramio. You can find his albums here and here.

3 Responses to A Trip to Iran’s Shahdad: The Hottest Place on Earth

  • mahdi kalhor says:

    دم شما گرم که اسمی از ما لا اقل آوردید
    البته بهتر بود (و بلکه باید) به آلبوم من یا لینک تصاویر در اینترنت اشاره میکردید
    با تشکر از شما برای معرفی ایران

  • Hello, I am a journalist from Brazil and I would like to interview you about your trip to “Gandom Beryan”. I am writing an article about the hottest places on Earth for UOL (www.uol.com.br), the largest website news in Brazil.

    Would be great to have your collaboration. May you inform me your email?

    Thanks a lot.

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