Known for its autocratic government and large gas reserves, Turkmenistan is bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert though lush green mountains, natural gorges and diverse flora and fauna are found. It’s known for its archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, both major stops along the ancient trade route, as well as its relatively new capital, Ashgabat which is home to the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.
Best time to travel
The best time to visit Turkmenistan is March to June and September to November. The winter months, December-February, can be extremely cold while July and August are extremely hot, especially in the desert regions.
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