Chalus Road

Chalus Road, a busy scenic drive in Iran

Chalus Road (officially called Road 59) is a very beautiful paved road located in Chalus, a suburb of Tehran, the Iranian capital. The road becomes dangerous due its narrowness and the mountainous terrain.

When was Chalus Road built?

The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). The surface of the road is paved, and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime. 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. This road is one of the busiest roads in Iran. It was built in 1933. Building this road in such an impossible route was one the masterpiece of engineering at that time. There are two basic dams in the way that are used to generate hydroelectricity.

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, 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 above the sea level, near the Kandovan tunnel, built in four years from 1935 until 1939. With a length of1886m, the tunnel makes the trip 13 kilometers shorter. In winter, avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.

How long is Chalous Road?

It’s also known as Chalous Road or Kandovan Road. The road is 160 km (100 mi) long, running from Karaj, Alborz towards Chaloos, Mazandaran. There are several tunnels along its way. The road is also busy on weekends and holidays. 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.
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