SHAHREKORD, Nov. 24 (MNA) – Autumnal colors of red and orange along with snowy mountains has imparted Choghakhor wetland breathtaking beauty.
The wetland in the highest spot of the country on Zagros mounts is among the most picturesque landscapes of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, which joins Zagros massifs with Isfahan on the edge of the Iran’s central desert. The wetland attracts many visitors from other provinces; however, the scope of tourism is far less noticed compared for example with other prominent and more famous Anzali wetland in northern province of Guilan.
Despite the unequal conditions, the wetland enjoys beauty unparalleled elsewhere in the country; snow-white mountains now have bestowed the landscape with a beauty along with autumnal colors of red and orange. The clear waters of the wetland reflect the migratory birds flying over in the clear sky; there is symmetry when the imagery is reflected into the clear waters and creates unique beauties in the wetland.
Choghakhor international wetland also is home to a sheer diversity of plant and animal life; with over 2300 hectares of area in the vicinity of Boldaji, Borujen, and in the outskirts of Baraftab and Kolar local mounts, the wetland has an aquatic area of 1360-1500 hectares and average depth of 6 meters. It hosts more than 58 plant and animal species.
A local villager told Mehr News correspondent that the cold season had been a great barrier in the way of tourists which prefer more favorable weather conditions; “The wetland freezes when temperature sinks down below zero, and now it is in the verge of freezing,” told Ebrahimi to Mehr News. “The wetland is a great potential tourist resort and these potentials should be exploited to attract more tourists to the region,” he added.
“In spring and summer, tourists swarm the region, thus providing local people with a source of income; they buy from locals their fruits, dairies and local handicrafts,” said the villager, “surprisingly enough, few people know such a beautiful wetland with breathtaking landscape waits the eyes of the visitors in this part of the country; little work has been done to promote the wetland and the surrounding picturesque natural beauty by tourism authorities of the province, which has been eclipsed by Isfahan, which absorbs major portion of the flow of tourists coming from the region after visiting the deserts of central Iran,” he said.
He also lamented the fact that the accommodation and hostelling services lacked and no significant shopping centers or restaurants would invite people for recreation. Meanwhile the head of provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism office Bahman Asgari had spoken to Mehr News about Choghakhor wetland ‘considerable tourist potentials;’ “The wetland attracts tourists in different seasons of the year, since it enjoys different beauties in different times of the year,” he added.
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