Badab Soort Springs in Orost village in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, are two terraced mystery springs whose waters are completely different in terms of colour, smell and taste.

One of the springs with extremely saline water forms a small pool in the summer where people can swim. People suffering from back pain and rheumatism take a dip for its therapeutic

The other spring in the vicinity of the first one has quite sour reddish orange water. The water permanently leaks from the ground and a small amount of iron oxide has settled at the mouth of the spring.

Over the centuries, the two springs have formed scores of beautiful ponds of different colours and sizes as they have flowed down the mountainside.

Badab Soort, 1,841 above sea level, is a Geopark and was formed during the fourth geological epoch. It is surrounded by tree-covered hills in the north, a valley in the south, heights covered with bushes in the east and ornamental stone mines in the west.

The sulphur-rich water of the springs and their therapeutic effects entice locals to have a bath in the water. But because the water temperature is just a few degrees higher than the surrounding temperature, people use hot stones to heat up the spring water before taking a bath.

In Asia, only Pamukkale, a natural site in southwestern Turkey, has hot springs which are similar to those of Badab Soort.

Badab Soort was registered on the list of national heritage sites in 2008.

Here are Mehr’s photos of the beautiful springs:


Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.


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