Category Turkmenistan

My Iconic Travel Moments – 2011 to 2019 (#4) – Turkmenistan

Number 4 – The Gate to Hell in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan was a truly amazing country to visit. From its surreal capital of Ashgabat to Ancient Merv and the city of Mary. One site however stands out as a truly memorable experience from my 2018 visit – the Darvaza Gas Crater in the remote Karakum Desert. […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

I am reflecting on a trip that I made in 2018 from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat to the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling through the desert northwards from Ashgabat to Dashoguz close to the Uzbek & Kazakh borders, our excitement to be embarking on our only train […]

Ashgabat, Risen From The Rubble

The Ashgabat Earthquake In 1948 the capital of Turkmenistan was razed to the ground by a devastating earthquake. The two shocks lasted less than a minute in total, but are said to have measured 9.6 on the Richter Scale and claimed 110,000 lives, about 60% of the then population. This would make it the most […]

The Akhal-Teke Horses of Turkmenistan

Wordless Wednesday – Desert Roll in Turkmenistan

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The beautiful mosque just outside the Turkmenistan capital brings back wonderful memories, perfect for beating any Monday morning blues.

Sunday Sunsets – Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan

A visit to the amazing Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert in Northern Turkmenistan is an unforgettable experience. The fires have been burning for close on 50-years now, the result of an accident when the Soviet authorities were drilling for natural gas. The sunset in the desert is pretty ethereal as I hope this […]

International Women’s Day – A Celebration Of Women In Pictures

Women of Laos

Pilgrims Merv, tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish

Wordless Wednesday – Pilgrims at the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan

Pilgrims at the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#4) – Turkmenistan

Number 4 – The Gate to Hell in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan was a truly amazing country to visit. From its surreal capital of Ashgabat to Ancient Merv and the city of Mary. One site however stands out as a truly memorable experience from my 2018 visit – the Darvaza Gas Crater in the remote Karakum Desert. […]

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

The Gate to Hell – The Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan In October 2018 I visited the amazing country that is Turkmenistan. I have been looking back on a truly remarkable trip. 80% of Turkmenistan is made up of the Karakum Desert and 270 km northwest of capital Ashgabat there lies one of the nations gas fields. In the late ’60s gas was […]