Door to Hell
Door to Hell
The 'door to hell' opened up in Darvaza, Turkmenistan.
 
The fiery pit also known as the 'Darvaza Crater', measures 69 meters wide and 30 meters deep and has been burning for 40 years (since 1971).
 
The origin on the flaming hole is disputed. One theory is that Soviet engineers bored a hole in the area, and then set it alight when they believed it was emitting poisonous gas. The reult was the 'door to hell'.
 
Finding a local tour guide is advised whilst searching for this attraction, although it is accessible by 4 wheeled drive vehicale at the owner's risk.

Information about crater as well as travelling in Turkmenistan can be found here:
www.worldtravelguide.net/turkmenistan