8 Days Nature tour itinerary for Ashgabat & Balkanabat: Marvel At Turkmenistan's Natural Wonders
Visit the most interesting and mysterious places of Turkmenistan in this nature tour. You will see the modern capital city with its impressive white marbled buildings entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. You will also make a journey to the heart of the Karakum Desert to see the Burning Gas Crater in Darvaza.
ASHGABAT - DARvAZA
Meet tourist at Ashgabat airport. Transfer to hotel accommodation.
Rest and eat breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Cas Crater- Darwaza 400 km-4/4.5 hours. On the way to see 2 more creators. The first crater is deep, circular hole; a metal barrier surrounds this somewhat smaller crater. There is no fire here, though it too offers a strong smell of gas. The second one lies some 18km south of Darwaza, on the west side of the main road and just about visible from it.
Eat dinner at Gas Crater.
Overnight in tents or yurta.
DARvAZA - DAMLA
Drive to village Damla – 100km -2/3 hours’ drive. It is located in the midst of the arid sprawl of Turkmenistan's vast Karakum desert; the tiny village of Damla is a little haven of traditional Turkmenistani life.
Enjoy lunch – dinner - traditional style in Damla village. see the Tazy hunting dogs show, view sparrow hawks and listen to traditional music on dutar.
Overnight in tents.
DAMLA - ASHGABAT
After breakfast at Damla, drive to see camel cattle and local shepherd.
Taste fresh food cooked by the shepherd for lunch.
Drive to Ashgabat city with your Turkmenistan tour guide.
Rest at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
NOKHUR - YANGyKALA
Very early morning at 06:00, drive to Nokhur (120km – 2 /3 hours). The village itself fills a small depression valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range and the houses are been built with local boulders cemented with mud. Apart from the main street through, the middle of the town, the streets are so narrow that they only just fit a car between the high stone retaining walls on each side. The Nohkuri people who populate this remote mountain village are quite different from other Turkmen tribes. They live in a handful of villages in the mountainous border area spanning Turkmenistan and Iran. Nokhur is the largest village with just a thousand or maybe two thousand people.
Have lunch at the guest house.
Continue your way to Yangikala (480km – 5/6 hours). The word expression ''Yangi Kala'' is translated from Turkmen as “fire fortresses”. Indeed, the sheer cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colours, fancily carved by winds and rains, are very similar to the stone castles from a fantasy. The most beautiful canyons are during sunset when everything is painted in a red-hot colour.
Overnight at tents.
GOZLI-ATA – KOV-ATA
After breakfast at Yangikala, at 08:00, drive to Gozli Ata (520/530km – 7/8 hours). Reportedly, a respected Sufi lived in the early part of the 14th century. His mausoleum is a brick building with twin white domes, standing in an old graveyard containing many nicely carved stone tombs. The twin- domed structure of the mausoleum is necessary to accommodate the length of the tomb: a triangular prism perhaps three ordinary graves long.
Continue to Kov-Ata – Underground Lake. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means Father of caves. At first glance, this underground area appears like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald coloured. The water has a constant temperature of 33–37°C.
Drive to Ashgabat.
Stop for dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel accommodation and overnight.
ASHGABAT - DARK GORGE
Drive from Ashgabat city to Gokdepe.
Continuer to 3rd Berlishik and Dark Gorge (171 km / 2/3.5 hours).
Entrance to Gorge.
Turn back to camp.
Overnight in tents.
DARK GORGE – ASHGABAT
Early morning, view an ancient settlement of 15-16 centuries, Archman fortress, cave “Div-Govok” and stream.
Stop for lunch.
Head back to Camp and to Ashgabat city.
Enjoy dinner with folk show performance (dances, sing songs and wedding ceremony in the traditional style).
Overnight at the hotel.
Night transfer to the Ashgabat International Airport to board a flight to next destination. End of the Program.
Letter of Invitation
Registration fee and tourist tax
Hotel stay (2 night) 3*
Transfers during the route
Daily 1.5 lt water
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