The Door To Hell – Darvaza Gas Crater In Turkmenistan
“The Door To Hell” is a gas crater that has been burning since 1962. Also known as the Darvaza Gas Crater, it is located in Karakum Desert in the Turkmenistan (once part of Soviet Union).
Scientific Explanation for “The Door to Hell”
In reality the burning hole was created in 1971 when Russian explorers accidently discovered a pocket of natural gas in the desert. Unfortunately a large area of the underground reserve caved in and to prevent the gas & chemicals from choking them, they had to set the crater on fire. It has been burning ever since.
The locals who then found it without any prior knowledge of the explorers could not explain the phenomenon and attributed it to Satan’s doings – hence the name.
“The Door to Hell” Tourism
The Darvaza Gas Crater brings many curious tourists who visit Turkmenistan into the desert. You have to take a flight to Ashgabat, the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan, then take a car to the remote village of Derweze which is about 250 Kms away. From the village “The Door to Hell” is near by. Naturally you will need local tour guides to get here.
A word of caution – at times nasty sand storms take over the desert for hours, so its best to be prepared with the necessary gear.