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Ghara Soo Falls

WorldBlue  In short

Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the vicinities of Mashhad are Ghara Soo Falls located to the west from Kalat town.

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GPS coordinates
36.9682 N 59.6777 E
Location, address
Asia, Iran, Razavi Khorasan province, some 100 km north from Mashhad
Name in Persian
آبشارهاي قره سو
Alternate names
Soo Falls, Gharesoo Falls, Gharehsoo Waterfall, Quara Su Falls, Qara Su Falls, Ghara Soo Falls

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WorldYellow In detail

Black water

The place name "Ghara Soo" originates from Turkish languages and means "black water". It comes from the almost black rock and deep, dark valley.

Waterfalls are located in a very unusual place. Here the forces of nature have deformed the layers of sediments: these layers are not horizontal (as is usual elsewhere) but nearly vertical. Some layers have been less resistant to weathering and as a result, something like a giant comb or very pronounced washboard has formed.

Walk through the waterfall

The small Ghara Soo river is traversing this amazing "washboard" with 8 tall cascades and countless smaller steps.

The narrow valley is made accessible to visitors – waterfalls can be ascended with steel ladders. When the water is higher, the stream falls right over the ladders.

In several places the visitors are located in a narrow chasm between two smooth, giant walls, and a strip of sky is seen high above.


  1. Ali Majdfar, Ghara Soo waterfalls, image gallery, visited in the 23rd April 2011.

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