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Darvaza Gas Crater, Darvaza

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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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  • The crater, which is 69 metres wide and 30 metres deep, is located in a natural gas field in Ahal Province in Turkmenistan, which has the sixth largest reserves in the world. Our tour was totally 6... 
    The crater, which is 69 metres wide and 30 metres deep, is located in a natural gas field in Ahal Province in Turkmenistan, which has the sixth largest reserves in the world. Our tour was totally 6...  more »
  • Turkmenistan is like no other country I've ever visited. And Darvaza is like no other tourist attraction. We were in Ashgabat prepping to play a Van Pimpenstein concert for a US Embassy function... 
    Turkmenistan is like no other country I've ever visited. And Darvaza is like no other tourist attraction. We were in Ashgabat prepping to play a Van Pimpenstein concert for a US Embassy function...  more »
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  • One of the most surreal places on earth. You can visit and camp within a few hundred metres of the crater. There are reports that the President wants to find a way to extinguish the flames. But how easy is it to close a gateway to hell?
  • President Berdimuhamedow's driving skills were amazing! I hope he finds another excuse to do donuts around this thing again.

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