Turkmenistan Things to Do

  • Earthquake Memorial, Ashgabat
    Earthquake Memorial, Ashgabat
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  • Nissa
    Nissa
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  • Azadi Mosque, Ashgabat
    Azadi Mosque, Ashgabat
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Turkmenistan Things to Do

  • Tolkuchka

    when you get there keep you belongings safe, as the word "Толкучка" comes from the word "толчок" and "толкать" Which means to push or to shove. So have a bit of fun and have a push yourself! Everything is cheaper in...

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  • Ashgabat, Kipchak mosque

    In Ashgabat you will find one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. This Kipchak mosque, also called 'Turkmenbashi Ruhy Metjidi', is a rather new mosque, built in 2001 by the president Niyazov. The minarets are 91 meter high. About ten thousand pilgrims can visit the mosque at the same time. Niyazov built this mosque at the place where his mother...

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  • Ashgabat, Earthquake Memorial and Museum

    In the citycentre of Ashgabat is the Earthquake Memorial and Museum. This monument is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake of 1948. The Earthquake museum under the impressive sculpture contains touching displays of the terrible tragedy of 1948. There are pictures of pre-1948 earthquakes, the burying of the 110.000 bodies, information about...

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  • Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi's 'city of love'

    Ashgabat, meaning the 'city of love' is the capital of Turkmenistan. This booming city with huge marble buildings (picture 4), enormous monuments, parade grounds, extended parklands (picture 3) and fountains (picture 5) is the showcase of Turkmenbashi, the former president Niyazov. The landmark of the citycentre is the high Arch of Neutrality...

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  • Nissa, capital of the Parthian empire

    Once Nissa was one of the earliest and most important cities of the Parthian Empire, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. From Nissa the Parthian kings started their conquests and turned small Parthia into a huge empire that stretched from the Indus to the Euphrate.The archaeological site includes the remains of Old and New Nissa. Old...

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  • Konye Urgench, UNESCO world heritage...

    Konye Urgench (Old Urgench) was the capital of the Khorezm region, part of the Achaemenid Empire. Ancient Konye Urgench was considered as one of the major cities of the East. The city developed, thanks to its location on the trade routes from the south to the north and from the west to the east. No one knows exactly when Konye-Urgench was founded....

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  • Konye Urgench, Turebek Khanum complex

    The Turebek Khanum Mausoleum (picture 1), named after the wife of the Urgench governor Kutlug Timur is considered to be the most beautiful building in Central Asia. The Turebek Khanum complex dates back to the end of the 12th century, beginning of the 13th century. Some archaeologists don't consider it to be a mausoleum, but a throne hall. You...

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  • Annau Archeology site

    Not very far from beautiful downtown Ashgabat is this very interesting major stop on the Silk Road. The Great Annau Mosque one of the beautiful blue tile mosques is really something because it’s blue mosaic tile depicted Chinese dragons looking east.When I was there the folks from the Univ of Penn had done some wonderful work on the early bonze age...

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  • Historical old Nissa - Parthian Empire

    Yes this is well woth the visit it is the capital of the Parthian Empire the other empire at the time of Rome. Mithradates I (171-138 BC) was the king that made Parthia into a major power and Built Nissa into his capital. He expanded the empire westward into Mesopotamia and eastward into Bactria. Actively promoted Hellenism and titled himself...

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  • Ancient Merv

    Merv is one amazing place if you are like this VTer and love history. It was the largest city in the world in the 1200erds. For many centuries, Merv was regarded as one of the richest, most highly cultured centers of the Ancient East. Its greatest period of glory was during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, when it served as the Eastern capital...

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  • Arsary

    Arsary sometimes miscalled (Ersary) are one of the five Major Turkmen tribes in Turkmenistan and like the other tribes have their own style of carpet the others are tribes are Teke, Yomut, Chowdur, Salyr. The Arsary are the Turkmen tribe that inhabit the Lebap District of Turkmenistan which is in far northeast of the country, near Uzbekistan. Its...

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  • Salyr

    Salyr (Salor).Many of the Salyr (Salyrth) people from the are of central asia around Samarkand and Bukara is moved eastward , eventually settling in Western China. I know all this central Asian people and their movement are very confusing. Their language has an Oghuz Turkic base and in China these folks are the Salor. But they make some wonderful...

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  • The Five Tribes with Five rugs Teke

    Teke (Tekke) style GulThe Teke were the dominant southern Turkmen tribe when the Russians came into this part of central Asia and are still the folks the VTer runs into visiting Ancient Merv or Mary south east of Ashgabat. Very proud People with their name forever associated with the famous Akhal-Teke a horse that is thought to have descended from...

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  • The Five Tribes with Five rugs

    The Five type of carpet patters from the five areas.The Yomut (Yomud) in this picture made by the people just like the man in the intro. This Yomud is typical for the group. It has fantastic all vegetable dyes of very individualistic hues. The background is a rich light red plum color. I got this one from a small village marget and was told that a...

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  • Oldest Turkmen Carpet

    This Carpet in the national museum is from 400 BC and is the oldest Turkmen -- beautiful would you not say.Carpet Museum This museum has a large, impressive collection of antique carpets and also the largest Turkmen carpet in the world. The director: Tuvakbibi Kurbanovna Durdyeva is very helpful in explaining all about carpets.

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  • Merv: Mausoleum of Mohammed Ibn Zeid

    This 12th century Mausoleum is one of the most beautiful structures around Merv, the best restored anyway.Not only the building but also it's surroundings are really attractive. Mystical bush and trees where camels wander around. The caretaker is a very frienly old mullah who's living there in a mystical cave like room.

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  • Turkmenbashi City: Relax on the Caspian...

    Turkmenbashi City (former Krasnovodsk), is beautifully situated on the Caspian Sea shore, but, although the atmosphere is relaxed, there's nothing of much interest to a traveller besides being the port to/from Azerbaijan.After I arrived from Ashgabat by plane (which cost me $1,80/1 hour), I decided to go for the most pleasant thing to do -according...

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  • Ashgabat: Extravaganza in the desert

    In Ashgabat we found the Psychiatric Institute mentioned in the LP for possibly cheap accommodation ($5/bed) and were friendly welcomed with melon and tea. Besides some patients also some friendly Iranian traders were guest here with their families. Unfortunately I got a bad fever that evening, which lasted for 3 horrible days while my friends had...

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  • Mary / Merv: a stopover to see some...

    After 28 sweaty hours in the train I arrived in early evening in Mary, close the ancient cities of Merv..It took an hour before I found a room -terribly overpriced ($12) and again one plagued by insects- and when I wanted to eat there was nothing else to find than a watermelon. That evening I watched TV with the servant, browsing through the 3...

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  • Konye Urgench: signs of rich history

    A thousand years ago, Konye (Old) Urgench was an important oasis on the Silk Road, bigger than Samarkand. Although the ancient town was sacked several times, a few remains still can be admired.On the serene, atmospeheric site, full of graves and tombs, well maintained paths leads you around the monuments while signs tell you about their history....

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  • Karakum Desert: traversing by Lada

    From Konye Urgench we travelled to Dashoguz, a major city ca. 103 km away, where we chartered a beautiful old Lada for $30 for the 580km/12 hr ride through the desert to the capital AshgabatFortunately the tight road was sealed all the way and only covered by sand sometimes. Although it's one of the hottest deserts in the world, the heat is...

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  • Karakum Desert: small oasis along the...

    It's very weird to find some villages along the road in such a barren and dry area. The villagers cater mainly for travellers, serving kebabs and tea and selling petrol..The Turkmens, who live here in yurts, were very friendly and welcoming as we found shelter to have some lunch and shade in the heat of the day.If you want to stay here for the...

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  • Konye Urgench: a mysterious gate in the...

    A bit more outlying is the 14th century gate of probably the Dash Kala Caravansarai. With some efforts you can climb up to the roof and have perfect views over the whole area!

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  • The Bazaar, wow, a Cecil B....

    The Bazaar, wow, a Cecil B. Demille movie set! This is the jewlery section, they still use old time scales! Visit the ruins in Mary/Merv. Please check everything out before you go, it seems different parts of the country are closed off at different times. The place is sureal, and can be dangerous. It is very much a police state.

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  • If you can, travel to...

    If you can, travel to Merv/Mary and see the archeological digs and museum.This is the site of many religious roots of many religions in Central Asia. This is a very ancient part of the world with a history filled with different cultures and religions. Study the religion and trade correlation to get he whole picture! Attend a fashion show in...

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