Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is a modern city of just about one million residents. For the most part, the city`s older structures have been destroyed by earthquakes, so Ashgabat does not have the Oriental old town typical in other central Asian cities. The new city centre, which is growing rapidly, is dominated by structures made of reinforced concrete and glass, which are earthquake proof. The new cityscape also features wide boulevards and extensive green spaces and parks. The large number of fountains is also impressive.

The Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Culture and the Turkmen History Museum are all worth a visit. Both native and exotic plants astound visitors to the Botanical Garden. Other interesting parks include the area surrounding the Independence Monument, a park created to mark the first 10 years of independence. Ashgabat is well known as the centre of Turkmen arts and crafts, particularly for hand-woven carpets. As a result, there are many carpet weaving businesses and even a Carpet Museum.

At the Turkmenbashi Stud Farm, 10 kilometres south of Ashgabat, the famous Akhal-Teke horses are bred. In the summer, the Firjusa Gorge in the mountains south of Ashgabat is a popular day trip destination. Ninety kilometres west of Ashgabat is a lake fed by underground mineral hot springs.

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From the airport to Ashgabat

Name: Saparmurat Turkmenbashi International Airport (ASB)
Location: approx. 6 km from the city centre of Ashgabat

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