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Ten interesting facts about Turkmenistan

1. The name Turkmenistanwas derived from the Persian language, and it simply means “Land of the Turkmen.” 2. The KarakumDesertcovers almost 80% of the country. 3. The KarakumCanalis one of the world’s longest canals used for irrigation. 4. Turkmen carpets have been known worldwide for centuries. 5. As of 2008, Turkmenistanboasts of a 100% total adult literacy rate. 6...


Turkmen Cuisine

Borscht Turkmenistan is a Central Asian country so local cuisine shows strong Russian influences. Some dishes are exact copies of their Russian counterparts, while some have been modified to suit the country’s tastes and available ingredients. Borscht, a form of vegetable soup, is an example of a Russian dish that the Turkmen have adopted as their own. It is a soup...

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What to do in Turkmenistan

Go shopping Shopping in Turkmenistan is just like going on a treasure hunt – amid hundreds of stalls and thousands of items, there are items that you would find more precious than others. It’s just a matter of finding that thing that you can’t resist to buy. A stroll through the Tolkuchka Bazaar would show you what that means. There are so many stalls, each selling...

Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan. Door to Hell is a natural gas field in the Ahal Province. It is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical engineers in 1971, in the middle of Karakum desert. Few foreigners have seen the crater and Tourism officials say the Door to Hell could developed into a key draw for adventure tourist. The site was identified in 1971. It was a oil field site. The engineers set up a drilling rig and camp nearby and started drilling operations. The ground beneath the drilling rig and camp collapsed into a wide crater and disappeared. No lives were lost in the incident.

Where to go in Turkmenistan

Ashgabat Ashgabat is the capital city of Turkmenistan. Its name literally translates to the “city of love,” and there really is no shortage of that there. The lavish palaces and vast parks add a very romantic feel to a city that has reinvented itself to become a modern capital. Funded by Turkmenistan’s oil and gas revenues, the city continues to undergo development...

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When to visit Turkmenistan

It is highly recommended that you avoid visiting Turkmenistan during the months of July and August, the hottest months of the year, where temperatures can reach as high as 50 °C (122 °F) in the capital city of Ashgabat. Turkmenistan is infamous in Central Asia because it is the region’s hottest country. However, because of the dry desert climate, the temperatures are...