British couple decide to honeymoon at the 'Gate to hell'

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British newlyweds decide to honeymoon at 'Gate to hell'

Nevermind a paradise beach in the Maldives, one pair of newlyweds decided to eschew the traditional honeymoon - and opted instead to visit the 'Gate to hell' in Turkmenistan.

British couple Neil and Helen Melville-Kenney, 34 and 36, visited the Derweze Gas Crater, also known as the Door or Gate to hell, after driving 3,000 miles to get there, reports the Metro.

According to the Mirror, they even made it there in their little Fiat Panda called Charlie.

British newlyweds decide to honeymoon at 'Gate to hell'


The Door to Hell is a 230ft wide natural gas field in Derweze (also spelled Darvaze, meaning "gate"), Ahal Province, Turkmenistan.

The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire, which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971.

The fire is fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur (rotten eggs, romantic huh?) pervades the area for some distance.

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