Mystery abounds in Turkmenistan! This remote and largely unexplored country is bustling with archaeological monuments and ruins, the sweeping Karakum Desert, ancient cities along the Silk Road and popular resort towns dotting the border of the Caspian Sea. The Darvaza Gas Crater is perhaps one of it’s most fascinating attractions – located in the middle of the desert and known as ‘The Door to Hell’, this cavern of natural gas has been burning continuously for the past 48 years with a blazing inferno.
• Darvaza gas crater
• The Silk Road
The best time for visiting Turkmenistan is from mid March to the end of May or from mid September to November, as daytime temperatures will be between 23 & 35°C. Summer can be extremely hot, especially in the desert regions, and in contrast, winter months can be extremely cold.
Currency Turkmenistan manat
Language Turkmen is the official language, however Russian is widely spoken in cities.
Weather Summers are long, hot and dry (May to September), while winters are generally mild. Most rain falls between January and May, however annual averages are very low for most of the country.
Social customs and quirks Turkmen people are known for their incredible hospitality. Turkmenistan’s national dress hasn’t changed very much over centuries. Richly decorated headwear, jewellery and embroidery still accent even everyday clothing.
Festivals and events Turkmen Carpet Day is observed annually on the last Sunday of May. Exhibitions around the country feature local arts and crafts including exquisite handmade carpets that are unique to the country. The second Sunday in August is Melon Day, with festivities held in every province and including musical performances and melon and pumpkin contests!
Health* There are currently no health requirements entering Turkmenistan however some vaccinations may be recommended by your doctor.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.