Turkmenistan, or loosely translated “The land of the Turkmen,” is a country in Central Asia and is mostly covered by the Karakum (Black Sands) Desert. It has a rich and long history of horse breeding which, today, is still one of the things Turkmenistan is most known for. But, horses are not the only thing to see in Turkmenistan.
An absolutely breath-taking area of Turkmenistan can be found at Kunya Urgench. Magnificent monuments and mausoleums such as fahad – din Razi’s and Tekesh Khorezmshakh’s from the thirteenth century, and the fortress of Ak – Kala. This is truly a wonderful place to visit.
The Museum of Reviews, one of Turkmenistan’s few modern creations, is another of Turkmenistan’s popular attractions. Just inside the main entrance is a 3 – D replica of the cities of Merv. You’ll also see ancient pottery, exquisite collections of Turkmenistan carpets, and traditional Turkmen outfits. Don’t be startled if the lights should go out before you leave each room of the museum. An attendant, hired by the museum, turns the lights on in each room when you enter and then off again when you leave.
Ashgabt, is the capital of Turkmenistan, and this is where it’s all happening. Gold domes as far as the eye can see, luxurious palaces, and huge stretches of pristine parkland. Some interesting history behind this eloquent city: It was originally constructed by the Russians in the late nineteenth century. But, the entire city was wiped out in a single moment of time in 1948 when an earthquake, measuring a nine on the Richter scale, completely leveled it. It’s hard to believe when looking at the city now. The Ashgabat of today has risen out of the rubble, and has recovered from the devastation that took the lives of an estimated two-thirds of the population.
Find the best prices for hotels in Turkmenistan, and other cheap hotels here. It wasn’t until Turkmenistan gained its independence that there was a need for accommodations. The country worked day and night to change this situation, and constructed luxury hotels along the outer edges of Ashgabat. You can also find lower – priced hotels, guest houses and camping accommodations as well.