Darvaza is a tiny town of about 350 semi-nomadic Teke tribal people just outside the “Door to Hell.” Located about 160 miles north of Ashgabat in the Kara Kum Desert, Darvaza was a site of natural gas exploration in the 1970s. The story goes that the drilling equipment was swallowed up by a huge sinkhole, which was filled with gas. Engineers decided to burn off the gas to make the cavern safe for more drilling. It has been burning ever since. You can visit two of the craters, taking stunning pictures through the “Door to Hell” as the sun disappears.
PUBLISHED: July 8, 2014