Black sands Kara Kum, eternally burning gas crater, the medical underground lake, ruins of the prehistoric cities and picturesque east markets – solar and hospitable Turkmenistan, undoubtedly, deserves attention of tourists. Invites you in a winter tour across the capital and the ancient cities of this amazing country. You will visit the only thing on the planet the Museum of a carpet, will plunge into vigorous life of east "Second-hand market", learn all mysteries of Ashgabat and will touch true antiquity in legendary Merv.
Starting point for tourist routes across Turkmenistan is the snow-white capital of the state which is in the picturesque foothills of Ridge Kopet Dagh – Ashgabat. It surprises with an unusual combination of the European comfort in hotels and restaurants with the true east color of noisy markets – Gulistan, Dzhygyllyk, Lalezar and the Tekinsky market.
In the capital of Turkmenistan there is a museum, only on the planet, Kovrov. Its exhibits impress! The most ancient of them was made in the 17th century. There is also the biggest carpet on the planet included in the Guinness Book of Records. It weighs more than a ton, and the area makes it 400 sq.m.
In 15 kilometers from Ashgabat there is a capital of the most ancient Parthian empire – to Nis. Scientists carry ruins of this ancient settlement to 1 millennium B.C. The center of once powerful Parthian state is included in the list of the world heritage of UNESCO.
Almost all tours to Turkmenistan include visit of the most ancient of all known Asian cities – Merv. It is considered that it was based in the 1st century B.C. and in it great thinkers of the Middle Ages – As-Samani, Omar Khayyam and Imamad din-Isfakhani lived and created. It is worth studying also the ancient city of Anau which age already passed for 7 millennia. It represents literally the ruins of prehistoric settlements breathing antiquity which settled down from the fifth to the first century B.C., in parallel with existence of a civilization of shumer here.
The real pearl of the Khorezm oasis and sight of any excursion program, obligatory for visit, is also the city of Konye-Urgench announced by a monument of the World heritage of UNESCO. More than two millennia ago it carried out a role of the important trade pass between Persia, Russia, China and Mongolia.
In the territory of the country there are unique natural objects attracting a great number of travelers: the hottest desert on the planet with barkhans from black sand – Kara Kum, crystal-clear waters of the Caspian Sea, the blossoming valleys and deep caves.
In the Bakharlynsky cave located approximately in 100 kilometers from Ashgabat there is an underground reservoir of Kov-at. Its waters are saturated with hydrogen sulfide and recognized as medical. Going to an improving tour to these places it is worth taking with itself swimwears to plunge into the medical lake which temperature is all the year round identical – from 33 to 36 degrees.
One of the most demanded excursions in Turkmenistan – a trip to the burning crater of Darwaz which diameter reaches 70 meters. 40 years ago during drilling of an exploratory well geologists found underground emptiness of the impressive size and set fire to gas, assuming that it will burn through within several days. But the crater constantly flares since then on joy to tourists who even nicknamed it gates of hell and doors of an underworld.
You can choose the most convenient option of visit of east country – from a weekend tour prior to a two-week holiday with visit of all sights and treatment. In Turkmenistan the set of comfortable hotels including the known chains works.
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