The capital of Turkmenistan is over - the - top and fancy, with wide, empty boulevards flanked by white marble buildings and psychedelic government buildings rising above perfectly manicured gardens. It may be one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, but it is not the only one.
Another city that few see is Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, which is one of the least visited countries in the world in terms of tourism. A major reason for travel to Turkmensistan is expensive and restrictive If you are travelling outside the capital cities, you will need a travel guide. On every corner there are monuments to the rule of their leaders, from the Tajikistan National Museum and the National Library of Uzbekistan.
Depending on the direction of travel, you will need to apply for a transit visa, but generally these visas are limited to five days. These visas would give you enough time to see the best of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.
Ashgabat is a pretty interesting city, but if you want to see the best things Turkmenistan has to offer, you have to navigate the old Silk Roads and explore the city and visit some old Silk Roads. Another unique place to visit on your Ashgabsat tour is the Turkmensi Museum, a unique place that includes some of the largest and most beautiful hand-woven rugs in the world from the past. The best exhibit in the museum is "The largest hand-woven carpet in the world," which features Turkmanistan tribes. There are over 1000 handwoven rugs of different tribes woven on the occasion of the 100th birthday.
The national flag of the Turkmen National Museum is currently the fourth highest in the world, at 133 meters. It is the largest flag in the world and has now been dethroned by the flags of Jeddah, Pyongyang, Baku and Dushanbe. There is also a monument to the Turkmen Empire, the oldest and most powerful political and military power of Turkmanistan, which is located outside the city. This monument is a symbol of their influence, which reached as far as Iran and Afghanistan.
In Independence Park, the Independence Monument is located on the wall of the Turkmen National Museum in the centre of Ashgabat, just outside the city centre. Turkmanistan National Airport is located in a 4-5 star hotel in this city, and the national airline is operated by Turkmensistan Airlines. There are very few ATMs in Ash gabadat and Turkmenistan is a cash - country only and does not accept foreign bank cards. Central Asian Republic, which gained independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991 and received the five stans after being the fifth largest economy in Central Asia after Russia, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The largest mosque is the Azadi Mosque, which resembles the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. The mosque was inaugurated in 1998 and the white marble building is reminiscent of Istanbul's Blue Mosque, but with a more modern design and interior.
It is not far from the Silk Road city of Konjikala, which was destroyed in the 13th century. The ruins have been excavated and today you can explore the ruins of this once mighty city, which is now covered in sand in a desert in Turkmenistan.
The National Museum of History and Ethnography offers ancient artifacts from all over Turkmenistan, including one found during excavations in Old Nissa. If you are looking for something to look at with amazement and amusement, then visit the Alem Culture and Entertainment Centre. To learn more about Turkmanistan's history, visit one of Ashgabat's many museums and museums, such as the National Museum of History and Ethnography and the Almaty Archaeological Museum.
Turkmenistan is famous for its long history of carpet making, and if you are in Ashgabat, visit the Turkmen Carpet Museum to learn more about this tradition. The capital of Turkmanistan is perhaps one of the best places in the world to buy carpets, as in this museum you will find the carpets themselves, which are well over a thousand.
Another very interesting place in Ashgabat is Rukhnama's book, written in honor of Turkmenistan's first president, Niyazov, and his father, Turkmanbashi, the country's founder. As President of Turkey, he amassed a vast array of gifts during his nearly 20-year rule during the Communist era. He is the centre of a legendary personality cult and has ruled Turkmensistan since his death in 2006.
When the Communist Party was founded in 1927 in Turkmenistan, the name Ashgabat, usually known in Russia as a form of Ashhabad, was restored. After ceding the territory to the Russian Empire, Russians began to develop the area, and finally, in 1992, the newly autonomous Turkmensistan adopted the "Turkmen" variant of the city name "Ashg Abat." Ashgabats arose and grew again, they became the capital of a new state, a state with its own language, culture and history.