Welcome to Turkmenistan
The modern capital of Turkmenistan – Ashgabat (‘the city of love’) welcomes visitors with a unique architectural style that appears to be a blend of science fiction and Romanesque marble! The city is dotted with impressive monuments and tremendous fountains. The country’s landscape is characterized by beautiful sandy deserts and oases. In the middle of the Karakum desert at Darvaza lies the burning crater, also known as ‘the gate of hell’. One can spend the night in a tent next to this gas drilling accident from Soviet time.
Other interesting sights include dinosaur footprints, underground lakes, and – most importantly – the remains of the ancient cities of Konye-Urgench and Merv that were once important stopovers along the Great Silk Road. Turkmen people are very hospitable and proud of their ancient history and rich traditions and customs. Turkmen carpets are well appreciated around the world, but only in Turkmenistan, you can see how they are being crafted by hand. Another pride of every Turkmen is the Akhal Teke horse breed that you can find nowhere except for Turkmenistan. The best time to visit Turkmenistan is Spring or Fall when the temperatures are more bearable than the 40 degrees summer months.