The Earthen Calutes of Nehbandan

About 10 km after the town of Nehbandan to Shahdad on both sides of the road mountains can be seen, which are known as the Miniature or Mars Mounts.

These beautiful mountains are formed of sediment and due to fast erosion from the wind and rain there shapes have been formed, full of edges and lots of bumps. The natives of this area because of their unusual shape, called the mountains "Mars" (Merrikhi). Almost all the mountains are white coloured, something between gray and white, with a lot of debris at the foot of it and despite the heat, it creates a dramatic landscape and imagination in the viewer's mind and has caused this road to become one of the most beautiful places in Iran. On one side is the Mars Conical Mountain with a fantastic gray colour and on the other side of the sandy gravel road the Lust Desert of Nehbandan is located drawing a beautiful natural attraction. This mountain in the past had been buried under lots of dust, but today, with the passing of time, it can be observed. With the effect of climate change and monsoon rains, the soil have been washed from the hill side and the face of the mountains have appeared.

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Additional Info

  • The Name of Attraction: The Earthen Calutes of Nehbandan
  • Type of Attraction: Geological
  • township: Nehbandan
  • Best Time for travel: Spring, Fall
  • Type of road: Asphalt, Earthen
  • Infrastructures: Cell phone
  • Distance to city center: 10
  • Distance to center of township: 10
  • Distance to center of province: 200
  • Distance to nearest railway station: 270
  • Distance to nearest Airport: 200
  • Address: 10 Km from the Nehbandan-Shahdad Road
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