Name: Also called Chaloos, Tchalous, etc.
Situation and access: Province of Mazandaran. On the Caspian Sea.
Altitude 20 metres. 200 km N of Tehran via Karaj on a good
twisting road. 80 km E of Ramsar, 120 km W of Babolsar on a coast
road. Air port at Ramsar.
For the inhabitants of Tehran, Chalus is a seaside resort only three
hours away from the capital. A seaside resort with beautiful forests.
For the foreign tourist its contrast is surprising. There is also a
beautiful mountain road with deep gorges, an artificial lake and the
possibility of excursions in the Alma Kuh , the highest mountain
complex in the Alborz range.
"The Forests of Tonekabon"
The coast itself is rather disappointing. A wall of sand_dunes hides the
sea. Small concrete-block walls often prevent access to the beach. Villas
of a questionable taste, painted in loud colors, are side by side with
There is a beautiful hinterland with wooden houses, granaries mounted
on piles, fields which are geen or golden according to the season, cow
herds and horses runing free, rows of trees which come as a surprise for
those arriving from the plateau and the nearby mountain-peaks.
"Turkeman Ladies at Bandar-e Turkeman"
The Turkemans make much use of felt, particularly as roofing and floor
covering for their tents, and as saddle cloths for their horses. The rolling
process illustrated here lasts several hours and is designed to compact and
straighten out the newly made felt so that it will lie flat. Turkeman
belong to two main tribes, the yamut and Goklan, who live on the
Turkeman or Gorgan steppe stretching north, east wards from Bandar-e Turkeman,
the port in the South-East corner of Caspian Sea. Note the Mongoloid slit
eyes and high check, bones: also the bright headgear, concolour, much used
in their carpets.
"Chaloos Road (Tehran-Chaloos)"
Copyright © 1997
Last modified: 9 Oct 1997
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