It was once home to the biggest city in the world, now it’s a shy country hiding its treasures from the world.
For those eager to discover a truly unglimpsed world, Turkmenistan barely features in Western travel promo. Yet this cagey country has enough natural wonders, architectural ruins and glittering cities to compete with the best. Most famous are the ruins at Merv, the one-time greatest metropolis in the world, a Silk Road oasis in the vast cruel desert. Turkmenistan’s natural beauty is not all sand and mountain, but includes an underground lake and volcanic crater – the latter known as the Door to Hell. If Turkmenistan is a little known destination, one thing is for sure – it’s not for lack of attractions.
Turkmenistan travel highlights
Take a cable car over Ashgabat
The ride to the Kopet Dag Mountains reveals incredible views of this sparkling white and gold capital.
See a fallen empire at Old Nisa
Aside from the ruins at the Silk Road city of Merv, Old Nisa is another one of Turkmenistan’s ancient capitals.
Go for an underground swim at Kow-Ata
The Kow-Ata cave shelters an underground late, perfect for cooling off from the desert heat.
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