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ASIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Historical Places in Turkmenistan
by Laura R. Pinckney
|Turkmenistan's history is
colorful but jaded, characterized by constant struggles with conquering
neighbors and empires. This culminated with all the Tsarist Russian and
in the end the Soviet chokehold for virtually a century. But all these
pale in comparison with the idiosyncrasies and also the false grandeur
accomplished by the then president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov ever since
Turkmenistan was recognized as an impartial state in 1991.
Now with all the new government
established in 2006, headed by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Turkmenistan
is making headways in setting the correct political atmosphere for a renewed
nation, poised to take a more active role inside the global economic community.
Tourism is welcomed here as there's a growing amount of travelers who are
taking concern in this nation, whose cultural past was properly hidden
from your Europeans.
Turkmenistan is often a nation
in Central Asia, with a land area of 488,100 sq. km., 80 percent of which
is covered using the sandy Karakum Desert.
It has a strong coast about
the Caspian Sea, but otherwise landlocked by neighboring countries Afghanistan,
Uzbekistan, Iran and Kazakhstan. It has a population of about 5 million
of mostly ethnic Turkmen with a minority comprising of Russians and Uzbeks.
|Archaelogical sites as well
as medieval monuments, which can be seen throughout the country, are popular
tourist spots like the medieval cities of Aviberd and Darganata and also
the Abu Said Mithkene Mausoleum. Modern constructions are also a sight
to marvel like the Avaza - projected to be considered a multi-billion construction
project destined to be the flagship tourism project on the nation, which
aims to be another Dubai within the generating.
Turkmenistan's various nature
reserves are likewise being promoted as major holidaymaker destinations
simultaneously with adventure tour packages like an Adventure tour and
camel trek inside the Kara Kum Desert, hiking in the Kugitang Nature Reserve
and horse trekking with Akhal Teke horses, which promises to be an experience
worth longing for.
Nonetheless, a measure of
caution ought to be observed by the casual tourist. Taking photographs
is definitely allowed, but certain rules are to be followed - no taking
of photos of any government officials and government buildings.
In the capital city of Ashgabat,
the police are visible at every corner, so feel free to ask them what ought
to be the suitable behavior to observe throughout your stay inside the
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browsing hotels in Ashgabat
Oguzkent Sofitel Ashgabat
reflects the renaissance of Turkmenistan. In its spirit it combines Turkmen
tradition with modernity. Located in the city center, facing the Neutrality
Park, the elegant complex of 299 rooms & suites, 69 Residence apartments,
Spa, convention center, shopping mall & offices is the place to be.
In its 3 restaurants, guests will discover the amazing savors of Oriental
Cuisine, an International touch in the All Day Dining and French elegance
in the Panoramic Restaurant.
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