Darvaza Hell on Earth

Darvaza is a burning gas crater about 5 hours ride from Ashgabat Turkmenistan’s capital.
The name comes from a little desert town that doesn’t exist no more at the same place where the crater is, in the middle of the Karakum desert between the city of Ashgabat and Kunya-Urgench.
Back in the 1971 when Turkmenistan was in the Soviet Union, the Soviets were drilling for oil in this area rich of gas of which they didn’t knew about and the ground collapsed leaving a big hole like a crater. To prevent the spread of poisonous methane gas, they set it on fire, thinking the fire will burn the gas of in a few weeks, but it’s still burning untill this day, more than 40 years non-stop.
It’s nice during the day but at night it’s spectacular ! It really looks like hell, hell on earth as I call it or the “Door to hell” as most people like to call it.
You can smell the gas and feel the heat, when the wind comes blowing better to go a few steps back from the crater cause you really feel your face glowing. I had to run several times back and forth when suddenly out of nowhere a strong wind appeared and blew the heat into my face. Some bugs and spiders live around the crater, incredible that these little animals can stand the heat around the crater.
I spend the night in a little tent that was set up by the tour company Owadan Travel not so far away from the crater, My driver had everything with him, enough water and food.
In the evening there was a grill and I had some kebab with Vodka. Muslims in Central Asia they do drink Vodka something they learned from Soviet times hehe 🙂
So if you want to see how hell looks like, go to Darvaza Turkmenistan.

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just on the edge

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the bottom

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I’m falling deep down below

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this is me ready to jump 🙂

this is the view of hell you can see from a long distance

this is the view of hell you can see from a long distance

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