Turkmenistan is a country with a fascinating history. You can see the traces of the Parthian Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, the Ancient Silk Road, Alexander the Great, Turkmen khans and rulers, as well as dinosaur traces in Kugitang Mountains. There are many historical monuments and sites that attract visitors from all over the world.
Although Turkmenistan is situated in the desert (80% of the territory is taken by the Garagum Desert), the country is developing its economy by using modern technology in order to turn the desert into an oasis. By the way, there is an amazing place and the only subtropics in the country, the Aydere Valley (the valley of the Sumbar River), full of pistachio, walnut, pomegranate, grapes, blackberries, and it is truly a paradise! There you can have a fantastic view of the so-called “Moon Mountains” that look as if they are covered with a veil or a table cloth with laces of intricate design as well as nature preserves with amazing flora and fauna.
The nation's hospitality is just one of its outstanding characteristics. You can visit any house in the city or villages nearby, and they will make you feel like a Guest of Honor! They will put cushions around you and serve you with everything they have. This tradition passed from generation to generation, and it is one of the most striking features of the Turkmen nation in addition to modesty and respect.
Additionally, it is a peaceful country that guarantees the safety of its citizens and guests, which is an essential characteristic to consider when people decide to visit the state. As a result of the kindness, friendliness, and hospitality of the people as well as the safety of the country, many visitors want to come back.
Turkmenistan’s capital city, Ashgabat, is one of the world’s fastest expanding cities and certainly one to keep an eye on in the future. The city’s population is growing rapidly and already totals over a million.
Ashgabat is a young and lively city: rich in natural gas, the city can offer a high-quality lifestyle to all people living here. It is vibrant and bustling, with many opportunities for outdoor activities, as well as some interesting cultural venues. Ashgabat is a lovely city with a welcoming community. This city is ranked in the Guinness Book of Records as the city with the most marble buildings. No wonder it is also known as "White-Marble Beauty". The city is also known as the “City of Love”, which is still true about Ashgabat. Both names fit well here since the city sparkles with thousands of lights especially at night and during holidays!
The city itself is very green, and expats living in Ashgabat have a wide range of choices for open-air parks and gardens to visit, with the Botanical Garden perhaps the best of them. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is its version of Disneyland, the World of Turkmenbashi Tales amusement park. Altyn Asyr Bazaar in Choganly is one of the best places to go shopping in Ashgabat.
Many buildings in Ashgabat are also notable, such as the Star of Oguzkhan, the Tower of Turkmenistan, the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center, and the Ashgabat Flagpole, which is the world’s fourth-tallest free-standing flagpole.
You have to visit Turkmenistan and Ashgabat to fall in love with the country, its people, cuisine and traditions.