Turkmenistan is a country so off-the-beaten track that most people have never even heard of it! So what does the country have to offer?
Well the capital Ashgabat is a mix of white marble skyscrapers with modern futuristic buildings, however once you leave the relative comfort of the city you’ll discover a world of traditional lives clashing with an advancing country.
Here’s a selection of the best photos from my trip in March 2015.
In traditional attire, everyone was celebrating and enjoying the Nowruz festival (Persian Spring)
The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Merv
Peace and love in Turkmenistan
So our modern bus broke down but this beast of a Soviet machine came to help with a group of amazing local Turkmenistan residents who kept us entertained.
The largest mosque in Turkmenistan was built in a small village where the Leader was born, very few people visited by the looks of it
Baby camels are just big bundles of fur, so cute!
A cemetery in the mountains, there’s worse places to be buried.
iPads are definite kid magnets, they were fascinated
Ashgabat is full of big brash white marble buildings, this one is a wedding reception venue
In the 1940’s an earthquake hit Ashgabat destroying almost everything, this used to be a mosque and still has some beautiful original features showing.
Oh camel, table manners please!
The Door to Hell was quite simply mesmerising
I loved my time visiting Darvaza, aka The Door to Hell!
Turkmenistan’s current leader with the worker’s at his feet…
The World of Turkmenbashi Tales was only completed in 2006 but is already falling into disrepair!
The face on the camel is priceless. My selfie in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan
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