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Long obscured by its powerful neighbors, Turkmenistan is emerging as a destination for curious and adventurous travelers. Turkmenistan has been invaded and ruled by everyone from the Mongols to Arabs to Alexander the Great, and today, tourists can trace the marks of these great empires. Explore the ruins of ancient Merv, a once seminal city along the legendary Silk Road. Take in sweeping views of expansive desert and vast plateaus. Venture to the "Door to Hell," an immense fiery crater where natural gas has burned unchecked for decades. To the Western eye, Turkmenistan is a place out of time or from another world.

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Turkmenistan Rail Holidays

The ancient oasis city of Merv is one place you might visit on Turkmenistan rail holidays. It was once one of the greatest centres of Islam, comparable to Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Nowadays you can see scattered ruins of fortified walls that demarcate the sites of the ancient palaces and mosques that once gave Merv its grandeur.

You may also get the chance to visit the capital city, Ashgabat, on Turkmenistan rail holidays. Literally translating as the 'City of Love', Ashgabat is sandwiched between the Kara Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range. Characterised by gleaming domes, lavish fountains, gold statues and marble monuments, the city contrasts its ancient relics with modern sky scrapers and vast areas of well-kept parkland. Originally developed by the Russians during the late 19th century, one of the most vibrant places to see on Turkmenistan rail hoidays in Ashgabat is the Tolkuchka Bazaar, an enormous market that spreads across acres of desert on the outskirts of the city. There, amid the noise and commotion, you will discover that you can purchase anything you can possibly think of, from camels to car parts, pistachios to jewellery. Turkmenistan rail holidays are truly an incredible experience.



Capital City:Ashgabat
Currency:Turkmen New Manat
Electricity:European adapter required
Famous for:Carpets, embroidery and horseriding
Language:Turkmen – but also Russian
Population:5.1 million
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