Sefid Rud Dam
highly recommended and less energetic excursion,
even if you do not pursue it as far as the Caspian
Sea, consists in a visit to the Sefid Rud Dam. The
excellent road, leading to Rasht and Bandar-e AnzAle
(see relevant sections), having crossed the
watershed without difficulty, enters into the
colorful gorges of an affluent of Shahrud river.
Eighty kilometers from Qazvin, you cross the river
near a picturesque old bridge called Pol-e Lowshan.
Ten kilometers further on, you suddenly discover a
turquoise blue lake set amidst mountains which are
snow-covered until the beginning of April. It is the
reservoir for the great dam at the confluent of the
Qizil Uzan and Shah Rud rivers. You can see the dam
in the prospective of the valley looking toward the
village of Manjil. Further downstream Rudbar
announces the pleasant Guilan region (see Bandar-e
AnzAle section) with its square houses with metal
roofs scattered among the olive- and poplar on the
slopes of the valley.