Tourism in Turkmenistan, 10 Reasons to Visit Turkmenistan

Tourism in Turkmenistan, 10 Reasons to Visit Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan is a country with an expanding tourism industry potential. Ashgabat has a modern international airport, the base of Turkmenistan Airlines. Furthermore, tourists from abroad are deterred by the restrictive visa regime with all the countries of the world.

There are many historical buildings and natural beauty areas to visit in this country which attract visitors with its cultural values and historical richness. The countries that visited Turkmenistan the most, respectively; Iran, Germany and the United States.

1. Mary

It is the 4th largest city of Turkmenistan with a population of about 135,000. Mary, an important industrial city, is an oasis town in Karakum Desert. There are many historical buildings and natural beauty areas to be visited and seen here. Especially you should see the museum of history in the city center.

2. Konye-Urgench


Konye-Urgench, located on the south bank of the Ceyhun River in the north-east of Turkmenistan, is an important Central Asian city. History is quite old. There are many ancient cities in the city. Moreover, Konye-Urgench is one of the most visited cities in the country.

3. Gonur Tepe

Gonur Tepe

Gonur Tepe, located on the border of Turkmenistan, 55 acres of historical archaeological area dating back 2500 years ago. Moreover, this area, discovered by the Greek-Russian archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi, has many temples of Zoroastrian religion.

4. Neutrality Monument

Neutrality Monument

Located in Ashgabat, Neutrality Monument is a wonderful building built between 1995-1998. Furthermore, this structure is exactly 75 meters long. Many tourists visit throughout the year this monument, which greets the city with 3 legs.

5. Ashgabat National Museum of History

Ashgabat National Museum of History

Ashgabat National Museum of History is located in Ashgabat. It is home to about 500 thousand collections such as, antique artifacts, table-paintings, sculptures, carpets, rugs, fabrics, local clothes. You can visit this museum to have information about the history and culture of the country.

6. Nisa


Situated 18 km south of the capital Ashgabat in Bagir Village, Nisa is a historic city. As a result of the work carried out here, a royal building belonging to the Persians of 2500 years and Nisa Fortress was reached and besides this, many historical ruins were reached here.

7. Independence Monument

Independence Monument

Independence Monument, located in Ashgabat, the capital city of the country and the largest city, is a monument commemorating the independence of the country in 1991. Furthermore, this monument is 91 meters long and has a wonderful view. This monument, which has become a symbol of the country, is worth seeing.

8. Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell is a natural gas well located in the district of Ahmet in Turkmenistan. In 1971, Geologists discovered the world’s largest reservoir of natural gas. However, as Soviet Russia goes a little farther as it pierces the ground, it becomes a giant pit. Moreover, to prevent the toxic gases from reaching the earth, the fire in the hole burns. The flames in this giant pit continue to rise to that day.

9. Turkmen Carpet Museum

Turkmen Carpet Museum

Turkmen Carpet Museum, located in Ashgabat, is a museum that has been operating since 1994. You can see large number of carpets here. There is a large collection of many ancient carpets. The huge carpet of 301 square meters, which was woven in 2001, is also exhibited here.

10. Turkmenbasy Ruhy Mosque

Turkmenbasy Ruhy Mosque

Turkmenbasy Ruhy Mosque, located in Ashgabat, is the largest domed mosque in Central Asia and the world built by Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov between 2002-2004.