Chalus Road is a busy scenic drive in Iran

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

Chalus Road

When was Chalus Road built?

It was constructed in 1933 during Reza Shah’s reign. Building this road along such an impossible route was one of the masterpieces of engineering at that time.

Is Chalous Road open?

This road, showcasing a variety of sceneries from green to snow-clad surroundings to rocky mountains in the north, is usually open all year round. However, during winter months, it can be closed when access is not cleared of snow. It crosses through Alborz Mountains and reaches an elevation of 2,700m (8,858ft) above sea level, near the infamous Kandovan tunnel, built between 1935 and 1939. With a length of 1,886m, the tunnel shortens the trip by 13 kilometers.

How long is Chalous Road?

Also known as Chalous Road or Kandovan Road, the road is fully paved. It spans 160 km (100 mi), running from Karaj, Alborz, to Chaloos, Mazandaran. There are several tunnels along the way. Due to numerous U-turns, Chalous is not an easy road for novice drivers. Apart from its beauty, it can be a very dangerous road for those who like driving fast, given its narrowness and mountainous terrain.

Is Chalous Road worth it?

Located in the northern part of the country, the drive offers sweeping views and is considered one of the most scenic roads in 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 sightseeing 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. Finally, the Caspian Sea appears on the horizon.
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