A crater in the middle of the Karakum desert also called by the locals as the Gate to Hell. It is about 3 km of the main road. Hard to find. Best way to organize a guide with 4×4 car for one day. The Darvaza crater was created after an accident in the Soviet era while drilling for natural gas. It has been burning ever since. The flames burst out of the crater fueled by the natural gas. Today the crater is 60 meters across and easily 50 meters deep at its furthest point.
credit: michael j moss