Since Tehran is located on parts of the Alborz Mountains, there are many possibilities for the people to enjoy some time in nature by taking very short trips. Tar and Havir Lakes are examples of such natural tourist attractions. They are only one kilometer distant from each other. They are so close that you can go from one to the other by a thirty-minute-long walk. The high mountains surrounding these lakes are one of the popular destinations for the climbers. Doberar and Zarinkuh are two of the most important peaks of this region.
The water of the Tar and Havir Lakes origins both from the springs on the bed of the lakes and snow on the mountains around that melts and flows into them. No tree or shrub grows in the surrounding area. Thyme shrubs could be found there in the past, but they no longer exist because of heavy soil erosion.
If you travel to this site, you can choose from a great range of activities. Fishing and boating are most popular, but you should note that fishing in these lakes needs a license from The Department of Environment. And as for boating, you should have your own inflatable boat because there are no boating facilities. The temperature of the water is very suitable for swimming, but it should be done with caution as the cold and heavy water can cause problems.
Tar and Havir Lakes are formed on the heights of the Alborz Mountains. Therefore, it is best to travel there during the end of spring and the beginning of summer to avoid extreme cold. During autumn and winter, the lakes freeze and the land around becomes covered with snow. Traveling there during this time would be very hard, but you can see very different landscapes instead.
There are two paths to reach Tar and Havir Lakes. One goes through Damavand and the village of Chenar. This road is more suitable for SUV vehicles. The other path is dirt, too. But smaller vehicles can travel it. It is Damavand – Firuzkuh Road. You should travel until you are close to Firuzkuh and then turn to Yahar Village.