Turkmenistan Attractions

Turkmenistan Tourist Attractions

Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia which has become a very popular destination. The country is rich with its archaeological sites. It’s a beautiful country which has the blends the past and the present in perfect harmony. As it bordered by the Caspian Sea, it offers so many attractions and things to do in the country. Since it has so much of historical remnants of the past, visitors are always surprised with what the country has to offer. It’s so full of history and ancient ruins that it’s difficult to even imagine of the inhabitants who steeled here over the centuries.

Best Places to Visit in Turkmenistan

1. Darvaza Gas Crater

Darvaza gas Crater locally known as ‘Door to Hell’ or ‘Gates of Hell’ is a natural gas field collapsed into an underground cavern located in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it is thought to have been burning continuously since 1971. The crater is a popular tourist attraction.

Darvaza gas Crater, Turkmenistan

2. Neutrality Monument

Neutrality Monument was a monument located in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The three-legged arc, which is locally known as Tripod, is 75 meter tall, was built in 1998 on the order’s of Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov to commemorate the country’s official position of neutrality.

Neutrality Monument - Turkmenistan

3. Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque

Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque is located about 7 kilometres west of the Ashgabat city centre. It was built in the home town of President Saparmurat Niyazov with a mausoleum in preparation for his death. The mosque has been at the centre of controversy as scriptures from both the Quran and the Ruhnama are built into the walls.

Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, Turkmenistan

4. Ruhyyet Palace

Ruhyyet Palace is a palace in the capital, Asgabat in Turkmenistan, built by the French Company Bouygues. The palace holds official state events, forum, meetings and inaugurations.

Ruhyyet Palace, Turkmenistan

5. Konye Urgench, Khorezm Region

Konye Urgench is located on the left bank of the Daria River on the western part of Turkmenistan. It used to be the capital city of the Khorezm Region and destroyed by Ghengis Khan and water. But, irrespective of its past, the old town still remains strong with sites like Soltan Tekes mausoleum and Gutluk Temir Minaret.

Konye Urgench

6. Merv

Merv is now known as Mary who was founded in the 6th century by Cyrus. It used to be an important archaeological site on the Silk Road, the part of old Persia. The town used to be alive with bustling cities and one of the largest cities in the world before the invasion of the Mongols which now remain as ruins.


7. Nisa

The ancient city used to be an ancient settlement of the Iranian people. It was an important Parthian Empire in the city of Ashgabat which was completely destroyed by an earthquake occurred in the first decade BC. The ruins of this fortress are now inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


8. Sarakhs

Sarakhs is located in Ahal’s province which was an important oasis on the Silk Road. The tomb of Sufi Abul Faz also known as Serakhs baba is also located in the city. It’s also a burial site of the famous Shiek Agmed Khady which goes by the name of Yarty Gumbez mausoleum.


9. Dekhistan

The city is located near the Caspian Sea in western Turkmenistan which is supposed to be one of the most unusual cities in the country. There’s a lot of historical monuments that have survived in this city even though there’s not much of construction activity that’s taken place in the past till today.


10. Annau Archaeological Site

It’s on the Silk Road where the first excavations started in the year 1904. And, during this time there were many items found in the remnants such as remains of camels, children’s skeletons, pottery and decorations etc. From these remains, it is believed that it must have been the first place where camels were domesticated.

Annau Archaeological Site

11. Ashgabat City

Ashgabat city is the capital city of Turkmenistan and one’s the country’s largest city. It is home to the famous and largest mosque in Central Asia which is popularly known by the name Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque. There are several attractions one can find in and around the city such as the Wedding Palace, Turkmen carpet museum and many others.

Ashgabat City

12. Abiverd Ancient Town

It is an archaeological site created in the year 1993 and has a collection of over 200 objects in the region of Akhal. It’s a medieval town which is often cited along with the sources of Nisa, especially since the Arab conquest. There are ruins of Turkmen village, traces of Seljuk found in this region.

Abiverd Ancient Town



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