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Destinations in Turkmenistan

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Regions in Turkmenistan

While the provinces are a useful method to divide vast Turkmenistan into regional travel regions, keep in mind that one geographical region dominates them all—the harsh desert wasteland known as the Karakum.

Ahal Province
The country’s center area, which includes the capital.

Balkan Province
The western province of the Caspian Basin.

Dashoguz Province
The ancient city of Konye-Urgench is located in northern Turkmenistan.

Lebap Province
The eastern province is mostly vacant, stretching along the Amu Darya River and bordering Uzbekistan.

Mary Province
The historic Silk Road city of Merv is a popular tourist attraction in Turkmenistan’s southeast.

Cities in Turkmenistan

  • Ashgabat, the capital (2004: 727,200 inhabitants)
  • Balkanabat (formerly Nebit-Dag) (2004: 140,000 inhabitants)
  • Daşoguz (formerly Tashauz) (2004: 210,000 inhabitants)
  • Mary (2004: 160.000 inhabitants)
  • Türkmenabat (2004: 256,000 inhabitants)
  • Turkmenbashi (formerly Krasnovodsk) – a Caspian port (2004: 86,000 inhabitants)

Other destinations in Turkmenistan

  • Avaza is a multibillion-dollar building project near Turkmenbashi that aims to create a “national touristic zone” with more than 60 world-class hotels, shops, and a new international airport. The administration compares the initiative to that of Dubai, although there has been little outside investment so far.
  • Darvaza — An oil rig unexpectedly struck a huge pocket of natural gas in this location near the old town of Darvaza in 1971, making it Turkmenistan’s most renowned site. The rig fell into the cavern, leaving a huge crater filled with flames. The decision was made to let the fire burn rather than allowing the toxic gas to escape into the neighboring community. The fire continues to burn to this day, and it is often regarded as being readily mistaken for the gates of Hell.
  • Visit the Kow Ata subterranean sulphur lake, which is located in the highlands about an hour outside of Ashgabat. Swimming is available all year in the warm, mineral-rich, and therapeutic waters. Expect a trip down progressively slick stairs and to change in a corrugated hut unless you’re adept with a towel. Kow Ata translates as “Father of the Lakes.” The cave is more than 200 meters long, 20 meters high, and more than 50 meters broad at one point. The water is always between 33 and 37 degrees Celsius.

How To Travel To Turkmenistan

By plane Turkmenistan Airlines flies nonstop to Ashgabat from Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amritsar, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kiev, London, Minsk, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg. At the front of the cabin, look for a picture of Sapamurat 'Turkmenbashi' Niyazov. The timetables are often inconvenient, and there is no...

How To Travel Around Turkmenistan

By plane Internal flights are available by Turkmenistan Airlines, which operates daily flights between Ashgabat, Mary, Turkmenbashi, Dashoguz, and a few more cities. Flights are subsidized and very inexpensive owing to fuel prices. A flight from Ashgabat to Mary or Dashoguz costs about $5 USD. Turkmenistan Airlines has a new...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Turkmenistan

To enter Turkmenistan, all nationalities must get a visa. A temporary transit visa may be acquired for independent travel, however obtaining a complete visa may be challenging. The majority of border guards are youthful conscripts, and a modest bribe may let you get through the border and obstacles. Arranging a...

Things to do in Turkmenistan

Horse trekking with Akhal Teke horses: Orexca offers a 12 day Turkem Akhalteke Horse Ride Wonders of the Karakum Desert package that includes transportation from Ashgabar to Geokdepe Stud Farm, a ride through the North East of the Karakum Desert to Tummekli, nomadic villages of Chyria, Gurrukly, Hakysh Gongurajy, Orazsahet, and the...

Food & Drinks in Turkmenistan

Food in Turkmenistan Restaurants will provide distinctively mediocre Russian food. Plov and other Central Asian cuisine may be available at marketplaces, as in Uzbekistan. If you can locate it, try Caspian Sea sturgeon, which is occasionally cooked in a 'tempura' manner. Meals often begin with a soup, such as chorba, a...

Money & Shopping in Turkmenistan

Costs Turkmenistan is Central Asia's most costly nation. A simple double room will cost you USD30. Around USD60 is a more comfortable choice. A street snack costs between $1 and $3. A decent dinner at an Ashgabat restaurant costs about USD20. Currency Turkmenistan's national currency is the new manat (TMT) = 100...

Festivals & Holidays in Turkmenistan

Public holidays in Turkmenistan are divided into three categories: (a) holidays commemorating historical events (the defense of the Geok Teppe fortress in 1881, World War II in 1941-45) and landmarks since Turkmenistan's independence in 1991 (Independence Day, Neutrality Day, State Flag Day, Day of Revival and Unity); (b) traditional...

Language & Phrasebook in Turkmenistan

Turkmen is spoken by about 70% of the population of Turkmenistan, while Russian is spoken by 50%. If you are unable to converse in Turkmen, Russian is your best option. Everyone does not have the time, resources, or money to study Turkmen. However, acquiring basic Turkmen is recommended out...

Culture Of Turkmenistan

Mass media Turkmenistan publishes a variety of newspapers and monthly publications. Turkmenistan presently transmits seven national television stations via satellite. Altyn asyr, Yashlyk, Miras, Turkmenistan (in seven languages), Turkmen owazy, Turkmen sportive, and Ashgabat are among them. There are no commercial or private television channels in the country. State-controlled publications...

History Of Turkmenistan

Turkic-speaking Oghuz tribes migrated from Mongolia into present-day Central Asia around the eighth century AD. These Oghuz formed the ethnic foundation of the current Turkmen people as part of a strong confederation of tribes. The term "Turkmen" was originally given to Oghuz tribes that embraced Islam and started to...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Turkmenistan

Stay Safe in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan is a safe and welcoming nation as long as visitors avoid political discussions. Politics is still a highly delicate subject, and it is your duty to avoid becoming involved in or speaking out against the government, since doing so is a felony. Do not, under...

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