Central Asia - Turkmenistan (Chapter)
This is the Turkmenistan chapter from Lonely Planet's Central Asia guidebook.
The least-visited of Central Asia's countries, Turkmenistan is far more than the totalitarian theme park it's often portrayed as being, and is an ancient land of great spirituality, tradition and natural beauty.
- marvel at the ancient minarets, mausoleums and palaces of Konye-Urgench, which stand testament to the former glories of the Khorezmshah empire
- don’t miss the Darvaza Gas Crater: a vision of hell amid the incredible lunar landscapes of the Karakum Desert
- lose yourself in Ashgabat’s wonderfully chaotic Tolkuchka Bazaar
- soak up some history among Merv’s ancient foundations
Coverage includes: Itineraries, Climate, History, Current Events, People, Religion, Arts, Environment, Food & Drink, Directory, Transport, Ashgabat & around, Karakum Desert, Köw Ata Underground Lake, Nokhur, Parau Bibi, Balkanabat, Dekhistan, Gozli Ata & Yangykala Canyon, Turkmenbashi, Mary, Merv, Gonur, Tagtabazar, Turkmenabat, Dayahattin Caravanserai, Kugitang Nature Reserve, Konye-Urgench and Dashogus.
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