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Ashgabat is the capital of sovereign Turkmenistan. The city was founded in 1881 as a military fortification to replace the village of Ashgabat.
For the past century, this small village has grown into a prosperous city with a population of circa 604.000. Located in a seismic area, Ashgabat suffered a destructive earthquake in 1948. The city was restored at a rapid rate, and a new beautiful and comfortable Ashgabat with wide green streets, nice buildings, park and fountains rose from the ruins. Special anti - seismic structures of reinforced concrete were used for the reconstruction.
Ashgabat is a major industrial centre of Turkmenistan today, featuring more than 50 factories, including an oil equipment plant, glass works, spinning mills, silk factories, etc. Carpets - making in Ashgabat has gained international renown. The Turkmen Academy of Science was established in 1951 and has been operating in many crucial areas of research through 18 of its institutes, including the Institute of Desert, the Sun research and production amalgamation and the Institute for Seismology.
Ashgabat also has nine colleges, dozens of secondary special and vocational schools.
The capital city of Turkmenistan boasts four theatres (an opera and ballet theatre, the Drama Theatre, the Theatre of Russian Drama and a children's theatre), a philharmonic society, cinema halls and museums.
The Turkmen horse circus has earned high acclaim abroad. The state - owned TV and radio company broadcasts in Turkmenistan and Russian. The Republic also has its own movie studio, Turkmenfilm.
Ashgabat is a green city created by man on the border of the Garagum desert. Scorching summers have compelled people to plant trees in the streets and parks. A total of 35.000 - 40.000 trees and shrubs are planted in Ashgabat annually. Green recreation zones have also been set up in various districts.
Hotels in Aºgabat
Listed below are the
major hotels in Ashgabat.
Sheraton Grand Turkmen Hotel
Four Points Ak Altyn Hotel
Hotel Gara Altyn
Restaurants in Aºgabat
Italian cuisine. Wide selection of pasta, meat, chicken
and seafood dishes. Cozy dinning room atmosphere.
Visa accepted with a service fee.
American and Turkish dishes. Good selection of
sandwiches and light fare. On the weekdays there is also a buffet of Turkish
salads, meats and desserts.
Indian cuisine. Selection of steak, pasta and
American and Middle Eastern dishes. Selection
of kebabs, steaks, chicken and omelets in a pleasant setting. Azeri, Turkish
and Western music with dance perfomers.
Turkish dishes. Typical Turkish kebabs and salads in
rustic surroundings. No credit cards or dollars accepted, only manats. Inexpensive.
Turkish cuisine. Large buffet of Turkish main dishes
and salads. Entertainment on the weekends. Separate bar and casino. No credit
cards accepted. Moderately expensive.
Iranian and European cuisine. Large menu of
lamb, chicken and fish dishes. Pleasant environment. A dancing group
and a band perform at nights.
Turkish and European cuisine. Large menu of chicken,
lamb, fish and beef dishes in pleasant surroundings.
American and English food such as hamburgers,
sandwiches and fish'n chips. Also a popular bar and
gathering spot for Western visitors and residents, both at mealtimes and for
Italian cuisine. Wide selection of pasta, meat and
seafood dishes, as well as good pizza. European style dining room overlooking
the swimming pool.
Turkish and European cuisine. Large menu of
beef, lamb and chicken dishes. Pleasant environment. No credit cards
accepted. Moderately priced.
Turkmen private pizzeria with Turkish and Italian
cuisine. Large menu of beef, lamb and chicken dishes.
Menu includes daily special, hamburgers, pizza, and
in-house bakery. Good lunch salad bar, evening entertainment. No credit cards
accepted. Moderately priced.
Iranian and Russian cuisine. Iranian pilaf and
Russian borsch are the daily menu specials. Cozy environment and good
location in downtown. Moderately priced.
Tourism in Aºabat
The State Tourism
Corporation of Turkmenistan "Turkmensiyakhat"
The State Tourism Corporation of Turkmenistan "Turkmensiyakhat" was founded in July 1994 (according to the Decree of President Saparmurat Turkmenbashi). "Turkmensiyakhat", functioning as the Ministry of Tourism, takes purposeful measures to set rights of tourism business, keeping in mind the problems of statistics and market analysis, publicity and information.
The national tourist industry consists of 50 tourist enterprises, firms and companies, a branch network of hotels and other accommodations, a great part of which answers modern requirements and other various services connected with tourism. Moreover, the State Tourism Corporation and its departments and hotels guarantees full employment for 755 employees.
The State Corporation "Turkmensiyakhat" defined the next six helpful directions to be priorities in its activity:
Developing and reinforcing tourist equipment in
Turkmenistan is one of more unspoiled, more beautiful and more fascinating places you ever visited and "Turkmensiyakhat" do its best to realize tourism potential of Turkmenistan.
Since May 1993 the tourist company "AMADO LTD" offers the services for individual tourists and tourist groups both within Turkmenistan and abroad. Our company is ready to supply your customers with any travel services they may require in Turkmenistan and we can offer you itineraries and services for excursions along "The Great Silk Road" from Shanghai to Istanbul in cooperation with leading tourist companies of the Commonwealth of the Independent States. Since 1998 our company is official representative of Uzbekistan Airways.
The Tourist Company "Amado Ltd" has a honor to propose unforgettable journeys which give a unique possibility of acquaintance with Oriental coloring of our country to be involved in cradle of ancient culture of Turkmenistan. We specialize in itineraries for culture, environmental, historical, archeological, and leisure tours.
The following outlines the types of services which your customers may need and which our company will provide:
Visa support (to enter Turkmenistan you need to
obtain visa at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in your country if it is
available, in International airport of Ashgabat on arrival or in the border
point. Visa is given on the basis of our letter of invitation authorized by
Ministry of foreign affairs. The procedure of authorization takes 10 days. To
process letter of invitation we need your passport data and terms of your
stay in Turkmenistan
Mr. Dovletmurad Amanov, President of the tourist company "AMADO
Tourism and travel company “Elkhan - Syiakhat”, one of the leading tourist enterprises of the country has a two year experience on an international tourism. We have obtained modern working style, created a stuff of reliable specialists.
Experienced and qualified employees are able to serve customers and to take care of organizing their rest inside the country and abroad. We are carrying out a lot of work to extend relations with local and foreign partners.
Our aim is to reach the proper Turkmenistan tour where both the destination and the services are equally unique. With a keen eye on quality, we combine a variety of itineraries with a wide choice of tours all flavored by and enriched with the best lodging, guiding and transportation facilities set to make your tour to Turkmenistan a special experience.
We are successfully cooperating with various foreign tourist companies in Germany, Thailand, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.
“Elkhan - Syiakhat” keeps on opening new tours for local customers: in the mid - 1999 the enterprise rendered assistance to start Ashgabat - Urumqui flight.
We are always pleased to see every customer. Our well - trained stuff and active attitude towards the tourism industry help us to gain the trust of our clients. We are opening new spheres of business all over the world with other agencies who are interested in assisting people to discover a new independent and neutral country of Turkmenistan. “Elkhan - Syiakhat” is a reliable partner and always guarantees high standard service.
We are pleased to provide our customers with the following services:
“Great Silk Road” tours (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan,
”Elkhan - Syiakhat” private enterprise is open for new ideas and proposals from the companies interested in cooperation!
Your are welcome to share with us our aspiration for perfection.
"SAADA" is the private tourism company under the leadership of Kaka Myatiev. "SAADA" was founded in 1996.
During the 3 years our stuff were work hard to develop tourism and now it is a big company which can welcome foreign tourists with the wide range of services:
If You are interested in "SAADA", please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are very glad to invite you to the world of
"ALHO" Ltd offers you interesting and exotic itineraries of Turkmenistan.
Our experienced guide will help you during your travel and tell you a lot of fantastic legends and real facts about rich historical and cultural legacy of ancient people, you will see "Nokhur - Country of Legends", also we can suggest you a walk on the horses and spent a pleasure time on the coast of Caspian Sea.
"ALHO" will give the modern system of service for foreign tourists:
We happy to realize any of your dreams!
"Ovadan - Tourism" travel company has been working in tourist business since 1996. At present time it is one of the leading companies - tour operators of Turkmenistan. "Ovadan - Tourism" gives the whole range of professional travel services, receipts foreign tourists in Turkmenistan, sends off local tourists abroad and develops national tourism. "Ovadan - Tourism" travel company offers unforgettable tours through the territory of Turkmenistan - a country situated on the Great Silk Road.
Today "Ovadan - Tourism" renders the whole spectrum of tourist service:
Individual and group tourists departure to foreign
Welcome to independent neutral Turkmenistan !
Our company is well known in Turkmenistan as one of the leaders in international tourism. Our reliable partners in neighbouring countries can organize joint programs along "The Silk Road" from Istanbul in Turkey through Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrghizia to the Chinese border.
Our guides are professional travel agents experienced in giving the best international customer service. Our agents speak excellent English and Russian. If necessary we can engage a guide who speaks French, Italian, or German to guarantee a truly memorable trip. They offer in - depth knowledge of all sites of interest. We are up - to - date with information to ensure a safe, interesting and comfortable journey.
"LATIF" offers the following services:
We have the pleasure to introduce ourselves as one of well - known tour operators in Turkmenistan.
Tourist Co. "TourStroyService" has been operating in the field of foreigners services since 1995.
We are keeping close relationships with partners in neighbouring Countries and, therefore, we are able to provide full set of tourist Services (incl. visas, transfers, accommodations, etc) with high standards on itineraries along Great Silk Road involving Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Iran.
Another primary branches of our activities are different types for active kinds of tourism - rock - climbing, tracings, desert crossing, etc.
To develop such routes we have well - arranged campings in most picturesque gorge of Kopetdag Mountains - Sekizyab canyon. Fans of active relaxation can enjoy the beauties of unusual natural sites and clear mountain air. Simultaneously they would be able to check their own skills in adventure exercises like rock - climbing, horse riding, overnight in Karakum desert.
Also, we have camping place on the bank of Geok - tepe artificial Lake where for your kind attention fishing and some water enjoyments would be offered. Including excursions to impressionable natural amazing - underground lake Kov-ata.
We are working in cooperation with local sporting club. So, we can provide experienced staff (almost all of them with rescuers skill) to secure safe and interesting excursions just on sites. Let us know your special interest and we will develop the route in accordance with your wishes.
For any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us by fax (993) 12 47-45-71 or address 20, Azadi Str., Ashgabat, 744000, Turkmenistan. (number of governmental license is 0000307).
We are looking forward to hear you soon.
"DN TOURS" (Touroperator License N 0000208) specializing in inbound tourism as a main part of its activity during many years & offers a wide range of tours for foriegn travelers around Turkmenistan & Central Asia region.
For you we organize:
Places of interest in Ashgabat, Mary, Dashoguz & other cities of Turkmenistan invariably attract foreign travelers. Our company is working hard to open new horizons of travel & offer new tour programs for its customers.
To resolve the problem of transportation for its clients, "DN TOURS" has its own deluxe coaches, minivans & sedan cars with A/C.
Although, Turkmenistan is not widely known by foreign travelers, "DN TOURS" guarantees for tourists of all over the world that in Turkmenistan safety, prestige & a hospitable atmosphere awaits them.
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TRAVEL AGENCIES IN ASHGABAT
Paradise Travel Agency
Turkmensiyahat State Corporation
Museums in Aºgabat
Turkmen History Museum
excellent small museum houses archeological finds from sites around
Turkmenistan. The collection of items from Nisa, a Partian site very near Ashgabat, is particularly
interesting. Do not miss the display of ivory ritons.
The model of Nisa is very helpful to anyone who
intends to visit the site.
Museum of Fine Arts
This museum houses an eclectic mixture of fine arts and crafts. Most surprising are the Renaissance paintings and sculptures. More interesting to visitors are the rooms filled with carpets and jewelry of the various Turkmen tribes. Director: Bekmurad Djumayevich Kayumov; Address: 84 Mahktumguli Prospect; Hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:30pm, closed Tuesdays; Entry Fee: 5,000 manats (US$1) Union of Artists. Exhibits of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Turkmen artists. The gallery shop has works for sale. Address: 33 Zhitnikova Street; Hours: Daily 10:00 to 6:00pm
About 200 people are employed here to produce what are known as "Bukhara" carpets. The visitor is invited to watch and take pictures of the staff knotting the carpets. Some carpets are sold here. Carpets purchased from the factory have one advantage over those sold at other sources: you do not have to obtain an export permit for them. The receipt is all you need for airport customs. Location: 23 Liebknecht Street; Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm, closed from 1:00 to 2:00 pm for lunch.
This museum has a large, impressive collection of antique carpets and also the largest Turkmen carpet in the world. Groups may reserve in advance for a tour (10 or more people) and reduced entry fees. Please note there are charges for picture taking and video taping. Next door is the museum shop. Carpets purchased here will also receive a license and permit (which you will be charged for) for airport customs. Director: Tuvakbibi Kurbanovna Durdyeva; Location: 5 Gorogly Street; Hours: Daily 10:00 am to 6:00pm, closed for lunch between 1:00 and 2:00pm, closed Sundays; Entry Fees: 25,000 manats (US$5).
Historical Site of NISA
This site includes the remians of the Parthian fortress of Nisa (second century B.C. through the second century A.D.) In ancient times, this fortress included the treasury of the king of the Arshakid Dynasty. Director: Kurban Ballyev; Located in the Akhal velayat, settlement of Bagyr (30 mintes by car from Ashgabat); Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Tuesdays; Entry Fee: 5000 manats.
Historical Site "Geok-Depe Fortress"
Geok-Depe is a fortress from the nineteenth
century where a particularily bloody battle (1881)
was fought between the Turkmen and the Russians who were attempting to take
over Turkmenistan. In 1995, a mosque was built to commemorate the battle of Geok-Depe.
Historical site "Abiverd"
This site is near the ancient oasis of Sarakh. Here, the visator can see ruins of the mausoleum of Abu-Said Mayhene, an oriental philosopher(1049). Director: Akhmed Khalmuradov.
Historical site "Sarakhs"
The mausoleum of the religios leader Abdul-Fazla (1024) is located here. This mausoleum is one of the most complete architectual works of art still standing in Turkmenistan. Director: Annamurad Amanberdyev; Located in the Akhal velayat, village of Sarakhs (4.5 hours by car from Ashgabat; Tel: 993-134-2-14-44.
Mary Historical site and ethnographical museum
This museum has just opened an exhibit of archeological finds from sites excavated in the Mary oasis, including material from the Bronze Age, sites of Gonur adn Togoluk and the cities of ancient Merv. The building in which the museum is housed is itself worth a visit, as are the museum's other exhibits. Director: Maya Assadulina; Eglish speaking guide: Evgeniya Golubeva; Located in the city of Mary at 1 Komsomolskaya Street (5 hours by car from Ashgabat); Tel: (37022) 3-27-22; Hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
Mary Historical site "Ancient Merv"
Merv, a stop on the ancient Silk Road to the Far East, is the largest ancient site that has been discovered in Turkmenistan. The mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, located there, is Merv's most famous structure. It was built during the tenth through the twelfth centuries, A.D. Located about 1 hour by car from the city of Mary; Director: Redjep Djepbarov; Tel: (37064) 2-22-17; an English speaking guide is available at the Mary Historical Museum.
Charjou Historical and Ethnographical Museum
This museum possesses an interesting collection of artifacts from the Lebab velayat, which also included cities on the Silk Road. Located in the city of Charjou (7 hours by car from Ashgabat) on 35 Shaidjanov Street; Director: Maya Akmamedova; Hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, closed Mondays; Tel: (993-422) 4-80-79.
Historical site "Kerki"
The mausoleum of Astan-Baba is a unique structure located at this site, northwest from the town of Kerki. It has been rebuilt many times during the centuries. Located 3 hours by car from Charjou; Director: Kurban Djumageldyev; Tel: (993-444) 22-98.
Ethnographical Museum Turkmenbashi
Although the history of the city begins in 1717 when the Russians marched on Khiva, the museum has interesting artifacts from the Seljuk empire when Genghis Khan invaded from the steppes through TransCaspia (The region east of the Caspian). Located at 2 Magtymova Street, Turkmenistanbashi (about a 7 hour drive by car from Ashgabat); Director: Akgul Kalpakova; Tel: (993-222) 7-62-13; Hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:00 pm, closed Mondays.
Historical Site "Dekhistan"
Dekhistan is considered the most important oasis in southwest Turkmenistan. On this site the city of Misrian reached its peak when it belonged to the Shahs of Khoresm (end of the 15th century). Only a few ruins remain. Located in the Kizilatrek region, village of Madau (about 7 hours by car from Ashgabat); Director: Durdy Kurbanov; Tel: (432-42-1-34).
Historical Site "Keneurgench"
In the Middle Ages, a powerful, state controlled Shah of Khorsem was located here. This city was destroyed by the army of the Emir of Samarkand Teimour (1388). The Tyrabek-Khanum Palace is one of the architectural monuments here. Located at 79 Moskovskaya Street, city of Keneurgench in the Dashhouz velayat (8 hours by car from Ashgabat); Direcotr: Yagshimurad Ashiorv; Tel: (360-47) 2-10-08
From another reference:
National museum of Turkmenistan
Address/Location: 30 Novofiryuzinskoye
Shosse (highway). National Museum of Turkmenistan
is located south of Ashgabat in Berzengi.
There are 8 permanently functioning exhibition halls in four different areas: history of Turkmenistan and Turkmen nation, history of Turkmen carpets, nature, and ethnography. Historical exposition covers the period from primeval times to modern days. Visitors to the museum can purchase Turkmen crafts and souvenirs in the shop located in the museum.
5 Gorogly Street, Ashgabat
(next to the Grand Turkmen Hotel)
This museum has a large impessive collection of antiques and world- renowned Turkmen carpets, as well as the largest hand-knotted Turkmen carpet in the world. It also has a carpet shop where visitors can buy new handmade carpets. See exports for information about taking rugs out of Turkmenistan.
The ruins of Old Nissa are
situated near the Bagir Village, about 15 km west
of Ashgabat. Old Nissa was the capital of the
Parthian Empire, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Nissa is mentioned in the Zend
– Avesta – sacred book of Zoroastrianism. Old Nissa is located on the territory that constitutes the
core of the Parthian Empire. It was the land where the Parthian kings started
their conquests and turned small Parthia into a huge empire of the ancient
world that stretched from the Indus to the Euphrates.
Historical site "Geok-Depe Fortress"
khal Velayat, town of Geok-Depe (40 minutes outside of Ashgabat by
Historical site "Abiverd"
Akhal Velayat, village of Kaakhka (An hour and half
by car from Ashgabat)
Historical site "Sarakhs"
Akhal Velayat, village of Sarakhs (Four and a half
hours by car from Ashgabat)
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