Before starting the so-called ‘top destinations’ list, let us tell you about Turkmenistan. Located in Central Asia, Turkmenistan is one of the most beautiful and exuberant places to visit. Practically 80% of its territory is in the Karakum Desert. In summer, temperatures reach almost 50° and in winter, snow covers most of the passes, so the best time to visit is in autumn and spring. It borders Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Uzbekistan. It belonged to the Soviet Union, but gained its independence in 1991. It is one of the most beautiful places for tourism, with sights and fantastic architecture. The predominant religion is the Islam of the Sunni branch, practiced by 89% of the population. About 10% of the population follows the Russian Orthodox Church and the rest of the population has no belief.
Top tourist destinations in Turkmenistan
Discover now a little of the main Places to visit in Turkmenistan and fall in love.
Darvaz Crater (Gateway to Hell)
Darvaz Crater, popularly known as the Gate to Hell is one of the most amazing places in Turkmenistan. It is a natural gas field, with a crater that has a flame that has been burning continuously since 1971. It was set on fire so that its gas would not poison animals and neighboring villages, becoming one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. The look is gratifying and at dusk, it gets even more impressive.
Kipchak Mosque, Turkmenistan
Located about 7 km west of city centre, the Kipchak Mosque is made of marble with beautiful water fountains. Next to the mosque, there is a fascinating Mausoleum, where the tomb of the leader is located.
The Tower is located in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It is 211 meters tall, making it the tallest structure in the country. On the 28th floor there is a VIP room and on the 29th floor is located the revolving restaurant with beautiful modern national decoration, where it is possible to observe the natural landscapes. There are two observation platforms on the 30th floor.
Located in Ashgabat, the Independence Monument also proclaims peace. Inspired by the nomadic tents of Central Asia, it has a large hall raised by a tower of 118 meters. At the top, there is a panoramic observation platform 10 meters in diameter. The main hall has an exhibition, which presents the main events in the country’s history and works of art.
Turkmenistan Tapestry Museum
Located in the capital Ashgabat and opened in 1994, it has the largest collection of Turkmen rugs in the world, with rugs ranging from the middle Ages to the 20th century. More than a thousand rugs from the 18th and 19th centuries are in its collection, in addition to various articles of Turkmen culture.
Cultural and Entertainment Center
Officially opened in 2012, the cultural center is located in Ashgabat, with six floors, four built up and two underground. At the top of the building is Alem, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world with more than 47 meters in height. In Turkmenistan, tourists can also discover many places of exuberant nature such as parks, caves and caves, geological formations and areas with wildlife and nature.