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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 […]

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 […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]

Cargo Trucks, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

Friday Photo – Cargo Trucks, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

This is a photo I took in September 2018 as we travelled back from our visit to see the Darvaza Gas Crater.

Train Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

Bordering On The Ridiculous – Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan

Border Crossing Between Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Our short stay in Turkmenistan was coming to an end. It was the morning we would be heading for the border with Uzbekistan from the Turkmen city of Mary. We had wanted to get the train to Turkmenabat but were told that the times we not convenient, either arriving […]

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

The Gate to Hell – The Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan 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 discovered near a small oasis settlement called Darvaza, with drilling commencing in order to tap the fuel for commercial gain. Whilst […]