Darvaza gas crater, also recognized as the 'Gateway to Hell,' is situated near Darvaza, also identified as Derweze.
The Darvaza gas crater
also referred to as the Door to Hell or the Gates of Hell
, is a natural gas ground in Turkmenistan
that disintegrated into a cavern. There are no meticulous statistics
of how the crater sparked, and some information is contested. One of the more theoretical approaches holds that Soviet geologists
deliberately set a fire in 1971 to avoid the growth of methane gas
and that it has been burning ever since
. The gas crater is 5,350 m2 in size. The crater attracts a lot of the tourist population
and has become a tourist destination.
The immediate region is also well-known for its wild desert camping.