The Lut desert is located in the southeast of Iran locally it is known as Dasht-e-Lut which roughly translated means the plains of Lut as it is the word Lut in the local languages of Persian means a land that is area and has no water, green life and just about empty as they come.

 The best possible explanation to what it is, is the subtropical area notable for multiple varieties of desert landforms, the Lut desert is located between three Iranian provinces which are the following Kerman, South Khurasan and Sistan and Baluchstan.

 The Lut is one of Kerman’s many UNESCO world heritage sites and it is also the 27th largest desert in the world, the size of this desert is estimated to be 175,000 square Kilometers which amounts to roughly 10 percent of Iran’s total land.

 Now let us learn a little about some geographical facts of this fabulous desert. Dasht-e Lut is located in the interior basin and is surrounded by mountains which avoid any rain to get to it and coupled with the highest temperatures has been the formula that has helped create this natural phenomenon.  The out desert is said to have expressed the highest land surface temperatures of the whole world, in the year 2003 to 2009.  The hottest ever satellite reading of the ground was recorded in the tear 2005 and it was 70.7 c. The dry, rocky and dark colored land coupled with the dark pebbles have helped this desert earn its names among its rivals to be quite literally the place you might not need to bring a stove in order to make some eggs as it is quite the local joke in the state of Kerman.

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 The Kaluts of Shahdad are a sight matched by no other in its complexity and beauty as the Kaluts were formed with the help of the erosion that has happened for millions and millions of years only to leave behind this complex natural town.

It is located approximately 40 kilometers from the town of Shahdad and with an 80 Kilometer width and an average length of 145 kilometers the natural town of the Kaluts is undoubtedly a sight worthy of time for anyone who makes it their goal to visit.

 As locals visit this stunning natural phenomenon, it is clear to them how nature likes to play its mystical games and give us such beauty, often the Kaluts host night trips where groups travel to sit around and spend their time in the best place possible. Games, poetry and heated debates are not uncommon in this corner of the world.

 The night sky of Shahdad’s Kaluts is so memoizable. It is impossible not to fall in love, being so far away from any sort of pollution and it helps to create this amazingly clear sky, a sight unavailable to the common citizens of the world. 

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There are too many reasons to visit Lut desert, Kaluts is only one of them. One other thing is the Sand dunes. The Dunes of Lut can go unto 480 meters in height, can you imagine?

 You’ll need an off-road vehicle along with an experienced driver and a tour guide to be able to visit the south of Lut where these dunes are most common, however our experienced leaders in the Persian lotus team assure us it is worth every effort to experience this side of the dasht-e Lut.

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Nabkha is something quite unheard of in the world about Shahdad. It is a type of tree that exists with the distance of 20 kilometers of the Shahdad region close to the desert pots of the Lut it has come to be because of the intonations between the erosion caused by wind and moisture in this region. 

The wonders of nature have allowed this tree to grow in such a way that it forces in a way for a sand dune to be formed bent itself which can be as high as 10 meters. 

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Shur river

Shur river which can be translated into Salty River otherwise known as Kalashour river which means, entire salty river is which is a freak of nature, it is hard to think there is the possibility of a water body in a desert that also shares the title of the hottest part of the world but somehow nature still finds a way to surprise us, a surprise we are more than glad to experience.

 Due to its passage through the desert the river is said to be highly acidic too. So don’t be hoping to catch any fish over here as well. 

The best time to travel to this region according to experts in our team is between April and May, the spring season and Autumn, to be able to benefit from the best landscape of Kaluts and adore its glory.

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The best time to travel to this region according to experts in our team is between April and May, the spring season and Autumn, to be able to benefit from the best landscape of Kaluts and adore its glory.

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