Madi Jahangir – After several times postponing my trip, I finally took the road to Ardabil the other week and on our way, we passed Heyran region on the Astara’s mountainous road to our destination. To my surprise, approximately 1500 meters above the Caspian sea, we were above the sea of clouds too!
No wonder they named the place Heyran, which means wandering in Persian. This region is very strange. It is located on the far west of Gilan province and the road is partially border with Azarbaijan and the barded wire of the border is quite visible on the right side. Although it is not much high as one expects but the place is often foggy throughout the year. The fog in the region is due to the humidity of Caspian sea and for that matter, the place is extremely green with forest covered mountains. There is also Heyran telecabin which connects Astara to Heyran mountains and passes through all this beautiful scenery. However these are not the only significance of the place.
I am always fascinated by the scenes through or above the clouds. Be it on a flight or on top of the mountains. Taking Heyran road is like walking on a snake which is turning around the mountains and finally it will take you somewhere in which you will have clouds under your feet. The slope is too sharp and there are many twists and turns on the way. In the past Heyran road was considered a dangerous beauty; A combination of breathtaking greenery above the fluffy clouds, where you would have to drive your way on the spiral road while the severe wind could push the car out of the path or you would get lost driving in the mist. In recent years they have worked hard on this region and the current roads are very proper, safe and wide and not those who wander around are lost. However, you will have to drive carefully still, not only to avoid accidents but also to enjoy the beauty of surrounding before it is covered by mist.
The photo below shows the worst twist in the road. The trucks must be very careful driving here:
There are many locals selling honey, Ash-e Dough (an Azeri thick soup made of yogurt) and walnuts on the sides of the road. I often wonder how they can manage to build structures very close to the slope:
On many occasions, the clouds were as far as raising hands.
Flying above clouds is not very much outta reach.
We have the clouds behind us:
Even trees are above the clouds:
Trees are replaced by grass as we are entering the Ardabil province: