Introduction of Chabahar port
Chabahar, a missing piece of Iran’s tourism puzzle!
When it arrives to important tourist cities in Iran, everyone’s mind proceeds to cities like Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Mashhad, Kish, or northern cities. This is even though the beauty of Iran is’t only limited to these cities; there are different and attractive destinations in every corner of Iran that can get you an exciting and gratifying trip. One of these destinations is the beautiful city of Chabahar in southeast Iran. Chabahar is a port city with unique natural attractions that can’t be seen anywhere else in Iran.
Chabahar port is the center of Sistan and Baluchistan province. This port is located on the coast of the Makran Sea and the Indian Ocean.
This city is significant due to its strategic location, which is the closest way for the landlocked countries of Central Asia to access open waters, and a lot of construction and investment takes place in it. This including the building of a port and increasing the loading capacity of ocean-going ships (in Chabahar Bay), the construction of a railway to Central Asia, and the construction of an international airport. Chabahar port is one of the most important crossroads of the North-South corridor of global trade.
Due to its location near the tropical region, this port has slight temperature changes in different seasons of the year. Therefore, in addition to the commercial location, Chabahar has many historical and natural attractions. The climate of this city and its surroundings is always springy and mild, and that is why it is called Chabahar. like a paradise of the unknown that fascinates every tourist with its beauty.
According to some local people, the name of Chabahar is changed form of Chahar Bahar (in Persian means four springs) because this area always has spring weather. Chabahar’s proximity to the sea, proximity to the orbit of Ras Al Sartan, and being in the path of the Indian subcontinent’s monsoons and tropical fronts have made this port have a tropical and moderate climate with relative humidity. This area is the warmest part of the country in winter and the coolest southern port of Iran in summer.
Natural attractions of Chabahar port
Lipar pink wetland
Lipar Pink wetland is one of the most famous natural attractions of Chabahar city and is located on the Chabahar-Goater coastal road. The watercolor of this lake is pink most of the year and sometimes it turns orange or red. One of the main activities that can be done during a trip to this lake is watching different birds such as changar, flamingo, Kashim, all kinds of herons, peacocks, etc.
Martian or miniature mountains
Miniature mountains are another famous attraction of Chabahar, a natural phenomenon whose special shape and material has created spectacular and unique scenery. These mountains are stretched parallel to the sea from the Gacho region to the Gulf of Guater.
This Bay is one of the most beautiful natural bays in Iran, which has one of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises views. Many fishing boats and barges can be seen throughout this bay, and its beach is very suitable for sightseeing. Free Trade Zone is located in the east of this bay.
Guater Bay is located in the southeastern part of Iran and has a unique nature and atmosphere that evokes the atmosphere of the planet Mars (as shown in the movies). This bay is also one of the most important centers of Chabahar shrimp fishing.
The sandy beaches of the Oman Sea
One of the most beautiful natural attractions of Chabahar is the sandy and rocky beaches of the Oman Sea, which is located on the south bank of this city and is considered a suitable place for recreation and cultivation.
Brice, Tiss, and Remin fishing piers
There are several fishing piers in Chabahar, and these three piers are more beautiful and spectacular than the others. They attract many tourists to take pictures, apprehend the atmosphere of fishing, and observe the enchanting scenery of colorful boats on the water.
The eruption phenomenon
In parts of the coast, a natural phenomenon is seen, which is referred to as the tidal wave phenomenon. In this phenomenon, the waves hit the shore and are thrown out of the holes, whose height sometimes reaches 20 meters. This phenomenon occurs during the monsoons in Chabahar (mostly in summer).
Mud volcano phenomenon
Among the other attractive natural phenomena of Chabahar city is the Mud volcano phenomenon, in which mud comes out of the ground under pressure and assumes horizontal shapes. Tang Kanarak mud volcano, which is located 110 km, is the most famous and active mud volcano in Iran.
Gando and Bahukalat River Conservation Area
This area is located in the eastern part of Chabahar city and the southern part of Sarbaz city, and it got its name from the Iranian short-nosed crocodile, Gando. The Gando region includes the Sarbaz and Bahuklat rivers, reservoirs of the wetland crocodile habitat, and coastal lands of the Oman Sea. The Bahuklat River, which passes through this area and eventually flows into the Guater Bay, plays a vital role in the environment of the Chabahar region, and Gando is the only native Iranian crocodile.
Chabahar wildlife observe
The wildlife of Chabahar due to the presence of attractive species such as the Baluchi camel, the white-tailed sea eagle, the Gando short-nosed crocodile, the rough-toothed dolphin, sea turtles, the tamarisk and sardeh tree, etc attracts the environment lovers to itself.
The temple fig tree
The temple fig tree or in the local language Krag is a tree with a strange appearance that grows on the coastal strip of Chabahar and has become the symbol of this region. The fig tree of the temples is known for its large and wide crown and mostly lives up to more than a hundred years.
Shaitan Island (Devil’s Island)
Shaitan Island is the easternmost island of Iran and has a rocky appearance. The island goes underwater at high tide and reappears at low tide. It is said that the reason why this island is named after Shaitan (Devil) is the mysterious sinking of boats at night in the area of the island.
Mangrove forests consist of trees that have their roots in the salt water of the sea and are submerged in water. These forests are supposed to be one of the best places for bird watching in Chabahar.
Shirkuh or Sphinx
This mountain is one of the unique sights of the Brace coastal road and is at the beginning of the Martian Mountains area. Rainfall, wind, and soil erosion have made this mountain look a lot like the statue of Abulhol in Egypt and become known by this name.
Bird watching in Chabahar
This city is one of the important bird watching centers in Iran due to its location on the sea coast and having water attractions such as Guater Bay, Chabahar Bay, Pink wetland, Bahuklat River, etc. If you are interested in this field, you can take your bird-watching equipment and travel to this region of Iran. Among the most important birds, you can see are the white-tailed sea eagle, tern, flamingo, Kashim, all kinds of herons, peacocks, etc.
It might be interesting for you to know that, Chabahar has a large number of historical attractions in addition to various natural attractions, which we will present to you in a quick overview.
This village, which houses the port of Tiss, is one of the historical villages of southern Iran and is said to date back to 2500 years ago. The essential attractions of Tiss village are the ruins of Tiss, Shirk Sant, Tiss Castle or Portuguese Castle, Piruzgat Castle, Baluch Gat Castle, Jenani Gach Cemetery, Tiss Koban Ancient Well, Tiss Dams, and Shahbazband historical mountains, and Tiss Jame Mosque.
Tomb of Seyed Gholam Rasool
This tomb is located five kilometers northwest of city and dates back to 1000 years ago. One of the main characteristics of this tomb is its white walls in the style of Indian architecture. The most interesting part about the tomb of Seyyed Gholam Rasool is the story behind this person. It is told that on the night of his wedding to a Chabahari woman, Seyyed Gholam gets bored and falls on his deathbed. But at the time of his death, he wills that instead of mourning him, people should celebrate at his grave for 10 days and nights so that his soul will be happy. This custom was practiced until a few decades ago.
The telegraph house building
The telegraph house building is a reminder of the presence of the British, which was constructed in this area in the early Qajar period by the East Indian Company. This two-floor building is one of the oldest telegraph buildings in Iran and is located near the current Chabahar post office.
Khizr is the name of God’s prophet and Muslims believe that he is alive. The people of this area also believe that Khawaja Khizr is the protector of barges, their boats, and the sea. For this reason, his shrine is very respected among the people and they bring various offerings such as dates, halva, etc.
Demb Kouh ancient site
This ancient site is located 90 km northeast of city in the Bahuklat district and dates back to 4500 to 5000 years ago. In this area, graves in the form of chambers of 1×1, 2×1.5 and 2×2 meters have been discovered.
Chabahar water sports
One of the most pleasing things that can be done in Chabahar city is doing various water sports. Among these recreations in Chabahar city, we can mention diving, speed boat tours, boat tours, fishing by yacht, banana boat, ride inflatable boat tube, wakeboarding, water skiing, surfing, canoeing, and swimming.
Beaches of Chabahar
The city of Chabahar holds different and beautiful beaches where various marine activities are performed. In the following, we mention some of the most important ones: Tiss Beach, Lipar Beach, Chabahar Bay Beach, Big Sea Recreation Complex and Small Sea Beach.
Handicrafts of Chabahar
Many handicrafts are produced in Chabahar, which is the result of the art and preference of the natives of this region. Some of these handicrafts are internationally famous and today they are considered among the most luxurious arts in Iran. Needlework is one of the most important handicrafts of Chabahar, which you can see in many clothes of this region. Today, due to the high cost of this art, needlework is produced and sold in small sizes.
In addition to needlework, we can mention other handicrafts of Chabahar, which include:
- Pottery products
- Cut gemstones
- Carpet weaving
- Woven chador or black chador
- mirror embroidery
- Mat weaving
A final word about Chabahar
Chabahar is one of the beautiful and amazing cities of Iran that has many historical and natural attractions. Numerous luxury shopping centers in this city, along with various handicrafts and unique souvenirs, have turned Chabahar into a tourist city. In this article, we mentioned information about Chabahar, which we hope will be used in your future travels.