ATTRACTIONS: (a few major)
The country's main entry point is Ashgabat, the capital city. Its major attractions include a collection of museums, and a colorful carpet factory and museum; be advised that NO permit is required to export your purchase.
Across the country important archeological sites include the Parthian Fortress of Nisa; the Turabeg Khanym Mausoleum in Dashkhovuz: Dekhistan Oasis; Geok-Depe Fortress; the Mausoleum of Abu-Said Mayhene in Abiverd, near the Sarakh oasis; the Bronze Age treasures at the Mary Museum, and Merv, a one-time stop on the ancient Silk Road, and site of relics and ruins from many cultures.
Note: The Government of Turkmenistan has designated certain areas of the country as 'restricted zones,' including border areas next to Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, the city and region of Dashoguz, and areas of the Caspian coast. Travel to these areas is forbidden without prior permission from the Government of Turkmenistan.
- Calling Code: 993
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
- Drive on the: Right
- Times to Travel: Most visitors to Turkmenistan prefer the Spring and Autumm seasons.
Turkmenistan's climate is continental, with extremely hot summers when temperatures can exceed 104° F (40° C) The winters are very cold and temperatures can drop to below -4° F (-20%deg; C).
There is no distinct rainy season in Turkmenistan, and rainfall is quite rare.
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