|Total area:||488,1OO sq. km|
|Density:||8 people per sq. km|
|Languages:||Turkmen, Russian, English|
|Religions:||Muslim 85%, Eastern Orthodox 10%, other 5%|
|Ethnic mix:||Turkmen 78%, Uzbek 9%, Russian 6%, Kazakh 5% and others 2%|
Turkmenistan – country of kindness and hospitality
Turkmenistan is located in Central Asia and is primarily covered by desert. Not
yet over-run by tourists. Turkmenistan is renowned for its hospitality and rich oriental culture. Visit sleepy desert cities along the Great Silk Road, experience vibrant bazaars filled with delicious local food and intricate handicrafts or relax on the wonderful beaches along the Caspian Sea. Turkmenistan has it all. According historians’ assessments, the history of civilizations existed in this land covers almost five thousand years. Remains of those vanished cultures can be found here almost everywhere: in the desert and the foothills of mountains, along the channels of dry rivers and in caves. Traces of human activity have been preserved in the form of implements, domestic utensils and real works of art made of stone, bone, ceramic and metal, including bronze, silver and gold. But it is the architecture which most recollects the distant ancestors of the Turkmen, beginning with the earthenware houses, sanctuaries and formerly inaccessible fortresses of the ancient world to the luxurious palaces and temples of the middle Ages.
Turkmenistan is the home of some of the world’s oldest civilizations, having made significant contribution to the development of World culture. Contemporary Turkmenistan’s borders first appeared in the world around the same time as India’s and the countries of the Middle East.
However, historical sources prove that in the 3rd-2nd millennia BC two large states, which were consolidated nations living far from each other in the desert and river valleys, were established on the territory of present day Turkmenistan.
Ashgabat – capital of Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – the city of love and hope rises between the Garagum desert and the foothills of the Kopetdag mountains. The combination of oriental cultural traditions and modern urban design makes this country one of the most exciting in Central Asia.
Modern Ashgabat abounds with harmonious white marbled skyscrapers and ornate public buildings, unique palaces, monuments and hotels and mosques as lacy as jewelry. New modern highways, vivifying arteries, pass throughout the city connecting prestigious districts and suburbs.
Hospitality from the heart
The hospitable Turkmens, who maintain some of their nomadic traditions, will make your stay in Turkmenistan into an unforgettable event. Experience the life of the country straight out of 1001 Nights and feel the warmth of the Turkmens for yourself. Visiting local markets and neighborhoods allows you to experience a diverse oriental culture and really get a feeling for local life. Those who like it quieter can observe the bustle of the streets from a sidewalk café with a warm cup of tea while conversing with locals.