Discover Turkmenistan in photos

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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.

Everyone looked incredibly smart in their traditional attire for the festival

In traditional attire, everyone was celebrating and enjoying the Nowruz festival (Persian Spring)

The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Merv

The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Merv

Peace and love in Turkmenistan

Peace and love in Turkmenistan

This wasn't our bus, this was the one the locals had been travelling on and came to help us.

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

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!

Baby camels are just big bundles of fur, so cute!

A cemetery in the mountains, there's worse places to be buried.

A cemetery in the mountains, there’s worse places to be buried.

iPads are definite kid magnets, they were fascinated

iPads are definite kid magnets, they were fascinated

Ashgabat is full of big brash white marble buildings, this one is a wedding reception venue

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.

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!

Oh camel, table manners please!

The Door to Hell was quite simply mesmerising

The Door to Hell was quite simply mesmerising

I loved my time visiting Darvaza, aka The Door to Hell!

I loved my time visiting Darvaza, aka The Door to Hell!

Turkmenistan's current leader with the worker's at his feet...

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 World of Turkmenbashi Tales was only completed in 2006 but is already falling into disrepair!

Camel selfie in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

The face on the camel is priceless. My selfie in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

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Further Information

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