Darvaza Gas Crater, Darvaza

Peer into the fiery chasm of Darvaza Gas Crater, a dramatic opening in the earth glowing with fire and heat. What began as a natural gas field collapsed during Soviet prospecting in 1971 and was promptly set on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas to neighboring towns. The 70 m (230 ft) wide hole, expected to burn out within weeks, has been alight ever since. Offering otherworldly views and photo opportunities, the remote site is best experienced after nightfall, so consider arranging to camp in the area to see the burning hole in all its glory. Put Darvaza Gas Crater into our Darvaza trip itinerary planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Darvaza.
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  • We arranged a 3 day / 2 night tour in Turkmenistan from Khiva Uzbekistan then back to Bukhara Uzbekistan with Owadan Tours. They picked us up at the Shavat / Dashoguz border and then dropped us back a...  more »
  • We visited the gas crater on our tour of Turkmenistan by car. It was a great experience to watch the blazing flames in the evening. We pitched a tent on a hill above the crater and spent 1 night here in the middle of the desert. In the late afternoon, some cars arrived with tourists from Asghabat, but they returned after an hour each. We had the opportunity to observe both the sunset and the sunrise and were overwhelmed by the great natural scenery and tranquility all around. Absolutely recommended! There are also taxis from Asghabat, of course, but as a self-driving car it is a completely different adventure
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  • awesome place, the guides are cool, they have these fake horns, it was kinda scaring jumping into it tho, it's pretty cool underneath. well actually melting hot, i wonder how they got all the actors that played the dead souls... i also got free lava!
  • Fascinating crater, especially after dark - watching fire can be hypnotising. The heat can be tremendous, though it's temporary, but welcome once the daytime heat has evaporated.
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