0336 GMT March 17, 2018
Currently Orost has been designated as a tourist village.
Ali Shadlou, an ecotourism activist, said villagers should introduce local handicrafts to the tourists. Visitors purchase barberry and thorn-apple from villagers.
Badab Sourt has 10 waterfalls. Kiasar Lake and its waterfall are located near the site.
Badab Sourt is a natural spring which has had running water for thousands of years. ‘Badab’, which means ‘gassed water’ in Persian, refers to the fact that the water in the spring is carbonated mineral water. Due to its salinity, the water is considered to have medicinal properties and is used to cure rheumatism as well as skin diseases and conditions. We’ve found the secret elixir of life, and it’s been hiding in Iran.
Between the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountain range lies the beautiful Mazandaran Province that draws millions of Iranian and international tourists to its eye-catching natural attractions and fine weather throughout the year.
Badab Sourt natural springs are among the many sites in the northern Iranian province, which are located south of the provincial capital of Sari and at an altitude of 1,841 meters above sea-level.
Experts say the springs came into being during the Paleocene Era when the last layers of the Alborz mountain range were formed.
Sourt is an old name for the nearby Orost Village and derived from a Persian word meaning intensity.
Badab Sourt is made of a range of stepped travertine terrace formations which has been shaped over thousands of years by the running water from two hot mineral springs which cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.
When the water saturated with calcium carbonate and iron carbonate reaches the surface, carbon dioxide is released from it and mineral carbonates are deposited. The depositing continues until the carbon dioxide in the water balances carbon dioxide in the air.
Iron carbonate and calcium carbonate are deposited by the water as soft jellies, but they eventually harden into travertine. As a result, over the course of thousands of years, the water from Badab Sourt springs, which flows from the mountain, has created a number of orange-, yellow- and red-colored pools in the form of a natural staircase.
Badab Sourt springs are two distinct mineral springs with different natural characteristics.
The first spring has very salty water that gathers in a small natural pool. The water is considered by locals to have therapeutic qualities to cure rheumatism and some types of skin diseases.
The high level of salt in the springs keeps it from freezing during winter.
The much smaller second spring has a sour taste and is predominantly orange mainly due to the large iron oxide sediments.
The surrounding vegetation consists of dense pine tree forests to the north and short trees and shrubs to the east.
South of the site are mostly rock quarries and to the east is the village of Orost.
The best time to visit the area is at sunrise or sunset when the Sun’s orange reflection blends in perfectly with the colored setting.
Like many other natural lakes in Iran, Badab Sourt springs were in danger of erosion and eventual destruction, but environmental groups have restored the natural ambiance of the site.
Badab Sourt was registered as Iran’s second natural site in 2008 after Mount Damavand. There are similar sites in the US, New Zealand and Turkey from which only Pammukkale in Turkey is a tourism hub.
While many people visit Mazandaran to shed the exhaustion of city life and relax on the beaches of the Caspian Sea or stay in the many jungle cottages, off the track sites such as Badab Sourt springs promise an enjoyable trip to nature lovers visiting northern Iran.