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Haj Ali-qoli
About

Maybe you think with yourself that traveling to the desert is not worth visiting.  Deserts always are attractive because through visiting the deserts you will know how close is desert sky is close to earth. Sometimes you think that you can touch the stars in the sky and you can see dome of sky in desert night. In the noisy urban life, the silence of deserts is a precious treasure.

This time, however, you have to get a little away from the usual destinations and reach the desert of Haj Ali Gholi in Damghan. 

Haj Ali-qoli

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About

Maybe you think with yourself that traveling to the desert is not worth visiting.  Deserts always are attractive because through visiting the deserts you will know how close is desert sky is close to earth. Sometimes you think that you can touch the stars in the sky and you can see dome of sky in desert night. In the noisy urban life, the silence of deserts is a precious treasure.

This time, however, you have to get a little away from the usual destinations and reach the desert of Haj Ali Gholi in Damghan. 

General view

Haj Ali Gholi desert with an area of ​​6,541 square kilometers is located in the southeast and 43 kilometers from the center of Damghan city and near the village of Khorzan.

Experts believe that once large parts of Iran were completely covered by water. After several million years, the land of Iran emerged from the water and lakes. Haj Aliqoli Damghan Salt Lake is a part of the same big sea.

Haj Aliqoli desert is about  50 meters above sea level.

Climate

The best time to visit Haj Aligholi Desert is mid-autumn to late March

Vegetation

In addition to pistachio orchards, Hassan Abad village, there are also hawthorns. In this desert you can see these plants: 

hawthorn and turmeric, hawthorn, pecan, astragalus and artichoke.

 

As mentioned above, Haj Ali Al-Gholi Desert Salt Lake was a real lake in the past. Proof of this fact are snail and fish fossils that are scattered in this area.

Wildlife
Springs, rivers and seas
Routes
Local community
Accommodation

If you want to spend the night in the heart of the desert and enjoy star watching, you can use the camps and facilities that have been set up nearby. If you want to return to Damghan, you have to travel 43 km. A beautiful sand dune with a special nature and unique vegetation is located in the famous Chah Jam area of ​​Taroud, which is also very memorable to visit. There is also an eco-lodge in the Chah Jam area.

Regional guides

In order to enjoy the nature of this desert to the fullest, according to professional desert adventurists, it is better to move towards the desert village of Hassan Abad. The Persian Land Discovery (DPL) desert-crossing team is a safe and secure companion on your trip to capture the wonders of this salty land in your eyes.

Environmental damage

Desertification is a change in the soil, vegetation and climate characteristics of an area that leads to the loss of sustainable and essential activities for the survival of the ecosystem. This phenomenon has adverse effects on arid regions around the world and is one of the major causes of pressure on biological communities.

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Desert Explorers
Desert morphology

As you walk on the salts, you may hear a desirable noise under your feet. Salt is everywhere. At this desert reflection of the sun on the sands look like diamonds. 
Broad polygons have adorned the desert in a beautiful and astonishing way. The polygons are formed by the salts. The polygons themselves are divided into smaller pieces by thinner, finer streaks. The clear, flat sky of this desert and the bright earth create a unique combination of lights and reflexes. .

Desert climbing routes

There are two ways to enter this beautiful desert; the first route is through Shahroud (Chah Jam village) and the second route is through Khorzan (Damghan). If you are about to visit the deserts in a one day trip it’s better to choose the second route. 
By choosing the second route, first you may encounter a salty area then there is clay area and then you will arrive to Haj Ali gholi desert.

To access the trail from Damghan, you must first move to Isfahan Road to reach Hassan Abad intersection after about 35 km. From Hassan Abad village, move to Khorzan village.

Cultural landscape

Semnan is a low-margin Iranian province, a land where the Milky Way is lowered at night and displayed on the roads. Damghan is so famous for its spring, historical treasures and yummy pistachios. Salts have therapeutic value for the locals and many people are attracted to this desert every year.

A trip to this beautiful land will surely make sweet memories for you. 

Top cultural and historical attractions of the province: 

Semnan Mosque, Bastam Historical Complex, Damghan Historical Mosque, Foroumd Village Mosque, Damghan Fence Hill, Indoor Texture and Bazaar and Soltani Mosque and Semnan City Museum, Semnan Citadel Gate and Shah Abbasi Caravanserai.

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