The Lut Desert, widely referred to as Dasht-e Lut (Persian: دشت لوت‎, "Emptiness Plain"), is a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. It is the world's 27th-largest desert, and was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The surface of its sand has been measured at temperatures as high as 70 °C (159 °F), making it one of the world's driest and hottest places.


The hottest spot in the desert, Gandom Beryam, is just about 150 km from an oasis near Keshit. The water comes from a crack in the ground, flowing through gorge and filling it with life.



Cool and clean water in the middle of the desert. Isn't it amazing?



The canyon, carrying the flow to the villages downstream and what's left of caravanserai


That's how it looks when you turn away from the canyon

Downstream, there was a caravanserai in times of Silk Road, where merchants could rest and refill the supplies.
Fresh water is extremely important and valuable in the desert.



LocationLut Desert, Iran
CameraSony Alpha 5000
LensSony 3.5-5.6/16-50

A note to travellers - if you ever wander close to Kerman, find a way to get to this desert, it's one of the most breathtaking places in Iran.

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