22 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

22 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan visit planner
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Fly to Daşoguz Airport, Drive to Dasoguz Province
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Dasoguz Province
— 3 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 3 nights
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ashgabat
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kaakhka
— 1 night
Drive
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Mary
— 3 nights
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Dasoguz Province — 3 nights

Dasoguz Province is known for historic sites and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, make a trip to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dasoguz Province trip planner.

Bhopal, India to Dasoguz Province is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Darvaza.
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Historic Sites
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Darvaza — 3 nights

Darvaza is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater and don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darvaza online trip planner.

Getting from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza by car takes about 2 hours. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Balkanabat.
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Nature · Parks
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Balkanabat — 3 nights

Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. Balkanabat is known for nature, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon, appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Balkanabat journey maker.

Drive from Darvaza to Balkanabat in 9 hours. You'll set off for Ashgabat on the 12th (Tue).
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Ashgabat — 8 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, and examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Balkanabat to Ashgabat takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaakhka.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Kaakhka — 1 night

Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaakhka driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Kaakhka in 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Mary.
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Historic Sites
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Mary — 3 nights

Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque and then take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church and then delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mary road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kaakhka to Mary in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.
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