Journey to the Door to Hell (Turkmenistan part)
Duration: Days:3, Nights:2
Best time to travel: March – October
Day 1: Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Gas Crater
Meet the tourists at the Hojaili or Dashoguz border. Drive to Kunya Urgench (UNESKO 2005) ancient capital of Khorezm. Visit mausoleums of Il Arslan and Soltan Tekesh, Nejmeddin Kubra, Soltan Ali, Turabek-Khanum (12th c), minaret of Kutlug Timur, MamunII. Drive to Gas Crater dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop at small nomad village and in the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. Dinner at Gas Crater. Overnight in a camp.
Day 2: Gas Crater - Ashgabat – Nissa fortress
Picnic style breakfast. Drive to Ashgabat. Check in to the hotel. After lunch, city tour of Ashgabat. We will begin our tour in Ashgabat. It is a capital and largest city of Turkmenistan. Ashgabat is a relatively young city in 25.05.2013 city was included Gunnies Book of records as a white marbled city on the world. Within this tour you will visit Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Artogrul Gazy Mosque and other beauty sights of Ashgabat. Then drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village. Drive to visit the biggest Mosque in Central Asia Ruhy Mosque. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell with tourists and transfer to the International airport of Ashgabat for flight to home.
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