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Aladaglar Mountains

Aladaglar Mountains


Concrete gray cities have deeply absorbed people as if creation of the Earth had been as colorless and artificial from the very beginning.
When the hands of a great artist touch the paintbrush, the spectra of his color feast cannot be counted. In a distance not too far, God’s tableaus can be seen with soul and heart.



One of the most amazing nature phenomenon in Iran is the Aladaglar mountains or Rainbow mountains which is in Zanjan province. The hills are so incredible that for a moment you might think you are walking on another planet.


‘’Ala’’ in Azeri Turkish language means colorful and ‘’Dag’’ means mountain. The Aladaglar rainbow mountains and hills are tucked into the northwest of Iran, 25 kilometers in the northeast of Tabriz between Ahar and Khajeh. Along the road of Ahar-Tabriz, the landscape begins to switch step by step. Passing the city of Tabriz, an eye-catching mountain chain of the Aladaglar appears. The distance between Tehran to the Aladaglar mountains is about 630 kilometers and takes approximately 7 hours via Qazvin-Zanjan road, Zanjan-Tabriz road, and Tabriz-Ahar road.


The golden and copper colors of these mountains get a maximum glow when the Sun shines with the right angle. These mountains provide a unique opportunity for eco-tourists who would like to do their own professional photography.


Aladaglar Mountains date back to 15 million years ago. There are a variety of colors in this attractive place containing Red, Copper, Brown, Yellow, White, Green and blue in beauty different spectrum and especially Red, Copper, and Yellow in hot weather. As the setting sun casts golden rays and a lacework of shadows across the landscape, the visual effect becomes even more stunning.

This work of art by mother nature, the Aladaglar Mountains, shares its name with a mountain range in Turkey, but the two should not be confused.


These painted mountains exist in a few places on earth, such as the Zhangye National Geopark in China, Hornocal mountain range in Argentina and Ausangate mountains in Peru. In China, these mountains are said to be the result of millions of years of minerals and sandstone being pressed together and oxidized. This is likely what happened elsewhere in the world, too, making these phenomenal mountains look like giant layer cakes. Everywhere of the Aladaglar Mountains has a unique form and color and type of stones are different.


It’s the perfect spot for a picnic stop, this magical place is otherworldly, giving the feeling of walking on Mars. You’ll surely be delighted to explore it on foot, capture the colors on film and discover hidden villages nearby.

The people living in this area have an old tradition of decorating their houses by the colorful soil near the traditional ceremonies like nowruz.


Summer is the best season to have the best opportunity and capture the colors; you can get the Aladaglar mountains when the sun shines with a straight angle to get a maximum glow.

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