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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 its 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.

The capital city of Turkmenistan and known as the ‘city of love’. Explore its incredible marble palaces, gold domes, perfectly manicured boulevards and parklands set in a long dry valley. For spectacular views of the city and surrounding desert take a ride on the 3.5km long cableway to the lower peak of Kopet Dag.

Darvaza Gas Crater
Located in the Karakum desert, the Darvaza Crater is also known as the ‘Door to Hell’ which was created as a result of gas exploration in the 1970’s continues to burn today. As you stand near the edge of this fiery crater, you will be in awe of its magnificent colour and incredible strength visible from miles away.

The town contains the ruins of the capital of Khwarezm, a part of the Achaemenid Empire. The town’s inhabitants deserted it three and a half centuries ago, leaving impressive monuments to its Silk Road past.

A once prosperous oasis city on the historical Silk Road and a major center of religious study, Merv served as the capital of several empires and kingdoms.


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 and 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 & 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 & 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.

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