Chalus Road

Chalus Road is a busy scenic drive in Iran

Chalus Road (Road 59) is a very beautiful drive located in Chalus, a suburb of Tehran, the Iranian capital. It is one of the busiest roads in the country.

When was Chalus Road built?

It was built in 1933 under Reza Shah’s reign. Building this road in such an impossible route was one the masterpiece of engineering at that time.

Is Chalous Road open?

This road, which displays a variety of sceneries from green to snow clad surroundings to rocky mountains in the north, is usually open all year round, but during winter months, it can be closed when the access is not cleared of snow. It crosses through Alborz Mountains and tops out at 2.700m (8,858ft) above the sea level, near the infamous Kandovan tunnel, built in four years from 1935 until 1939. With a length of 1,886m, the tunnel makes the trip 13 kilometers shorter.

How long is Chalous Road?

It’s also known as Chalous Road or Kandovan Road. The road is totally paved. It’s 160 km (100 mi) long, running from Karaj, Alborz to Chaloos, Mazandaran. There are several tunnels along its way. Because of many U turns Chalous is not an easy road for novice drivers. Beside of its beauty it can be a very dangerous road for those may like driving fast. The road is dangerous due its narrowness and the mountainous terrain.

Is Chalous Road worth it?

The drive offers sweeping views and it’s said to be one of the most scenic roads of the country. Besides the gorgeous landscape, waterfalls, and springs, there are historical sites as well. Chalus is not just a road; it's a spectacular sight-seeing tourist resort to fill your time if you're not a traveler to the north of Iran. If you are thinking about having a tour to Iran, consider traveling on this road to the north of Iran as well. Approaching from Karaj to the south, the road initially leads through jagged cliffs, then on the north side of the range through endless old-growth beech forests that wolves, lynxes and bears all call home. Then, at last, the Caspian Sea appears on the horizon.

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