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Turkmenistan Flag The Republic of Turkmenistan (Turkmen: Türkmenistan Respublikasy), also known as Turkmenia, is a country in central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Uzbekistan, and also has a coast to the West on the eastern shore of the landlocked Caspian Sea.

As of 2009, the population of Turkmenistan was estimated as being 5,110,000. The country's capital and largest city is Ashgabat, which, as of 2009, had an estimated population of 909,000.

Turkmenistan Country Details


Country Name Turkmenistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Flag Turkmenistan Flag
Principal Languages
  • Russian
  • Turkmen
  • Capital Ashgabat


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    Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide
    By Simon Proudman

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (262 pages)

    Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide
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    The second edition of the bestselling Far Flung Places guide to Turkmenistan, with increased coverage of all major cities, and updated listings.

    Turkmenistan, a country once closed to visitors during its time as a Soviet republic, is now attracting more intrepid tourists. Beautiful ancient Silk Road cities contrast with striking marble-clad modern architecture. Mix in unconventional leaders, an overwhelming choice in types of vodka, and a massive gas crater burning in the middle of the desert. There is a lot to see and enjoy in this unusual central Asian destination.

    Detailed information of the cities and attractions with maps and invaluable contact information. Learn how to travel around and find the best places to visit, stay and eat.

    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Anna Kaminski & Jenny Walker

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2018-06-19
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet Central Asia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Enjoy booming Almaty’s cafes, clubs and shops, wind through rugged mountains past ancient tombs, hot springs, and remote Kyrgyz yurt camps on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway; and wonder at the architecture in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of central Asia and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Central Asia:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, art, literature, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, Islam in Central Asia, the Silk Road, Central Asia today
    • Covers Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Central Asia is our most comprehensive guide to the region, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat sights.

    Travelling further afield? Check out Lonely Planet’s Mongolia, China and Iran guides for a comprehensive look at all those countries have to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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    Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan
    By Erika Fatland

    Pegasus Books
    Released: 2020-01-07
    Hardcover (448 pages)

    Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan
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    An unforgettable journey through Central Asia, one of the most mysterious and history-laden regions of the world.

    Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan became free of the Soviet Union in 1991. But though they are new to modern statehood, this is a region rich in ancient history, culture, and landscapes unlike anywhere else in the world.

    Traveling alone, Erika Fatland is a true adventurer in every sense. In Sovietistan, she takes the reader on a compassionate and insightful journey to explore how their Soviet heritage has influenced these countries, with governments experimenting with both democracy and dictatorships.

    In Kyrgyzstani villages, she meets victims of the tradition of bride snatching; she visits the huge and desolate Polygon in Kazakhstan where the Soviet Union tested explosions of nuclear bombs; she meets shrimp gatherers on the banks of the dried out Aral Sea; she witnesses the fall of a dictator.

    She travels incognito through Turkmenistan, a country that is closed to journalists. She meets exhausted human rights activists in Kazakhstan, survivors from the massacre in Osh in 2010, and German Mennonites that found paradise on the Kyrgyzstani plains 200 years ago. We learn how ancient customs clash with gas production and witness the underlying conflicts between ethnic Russians and the majority in a country that is slowly building its future in nationalist colors.

    Once the frontier of the Soviet Union, life follows another pace of time. Amidst the treasures of Samarkand and the brutalist Soviet architecture, Sovietistan is a rare and unforgettable adventure.

    8 pages of color photographs
    Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
    By Joshua Foer & Ella Morton

    Workman Publishing Company
    Released: 2016-09-20
    Hardcover (480 pages)

    Atlas Obscura: An Explorer s Guide to the World s Hidden Wonders
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    • Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders is a virtual celebration of 700 of the most unusual places in the world and will rewrite bucket lists with its descriptions of natural wonders, architectural marvels, mind-boggling events, and bizarre phenomena—all organized by continent and country.
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    It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

    Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

    Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
    Urban Cultures of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Karakhanids: Learnings and Conclusions from New Archaeological Investigations and ... (Schriften Zur Vorderasiatischen Archaologie)
    Harrassowitz
    Released: 2019-04-24
    Hardcover (463 pages)

    Urban Cultures of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Karakhanids: Learnings and Conclusions from New Archaeological Investigations and ... (Schriften Zur Vorderasiatischen Archaologie)
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    For the first time a comprehensive presentation of the development of urban cultures in Central Asia from the Early Bronze Age (around 3000 BC) to the Middle Ages (about 1200 AD) is exemplarily illuminated in this book on the basis of individual research projects. The treated area extends from Turkmenistan to Mongolia and was home to cultures such as the Bronze Age Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex (BMAC), the Sogdian of the Iron Age, the early Parthian or various early medieval ones, namely in the Zhetysu ("Seven Stream country") in the southeast of Kazakhstan. The urban civilizations that developed here were closely interrelated, on the one hand, with the cultures of the nomadic ranchers who traversed and inhabited this vast region and, on the other hand, with the more developed neighboring civilizations of the Near East and the Far East. Thus, the region became a diverse exchange zone of cultural and religious influences and also played a major role in the transmission of cultural impulses. The richly illustrated book reflects the contributions of a conference that took place in Bern in 2016 and includes 28 contributions from 50 researchers from 14 countries. The results of many of the excavations presented here will be published in English for the first time. Each article is accompanied by an extensive bibliography and a Russian abstract.
    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Map (English, German and Hungarian Edition)
    By GiziMap

    Gizi Map
    Map (2 pages)

    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Map (English, German and Hungarian Edition)
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    This folded tourist and road map of Kazakhstan also includes the surrounding countries of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The map features shaded-relief and elevation tinting. Major and minor roads are depicted along with railways, distance in kilometers, state boundaries (& disputed boundaries), airports, historical sites, point of interest, and natural features. Index of placenames is on reverse side of map. Legend in 5 languages: English, German, French, Russian, and Kazakh. Scale is 1:3 million.
    Silk Roads: A Route & Planning Guide (Trailblazer)
    By Paul A. Wilson

    Trailblazer Publications
    Paperback (384 pages)

    Silk Roads: A Route & Planning Guide (Trailblazer)
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    The Silk Road was never a single thread but an intricate web of trade routes – Silk Roads – linking Asia and Europe. This new practical guide helps travelers explore all these threads and covers Turkey, Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China.

    · Getting to the region from North America, Europe and Australasia

    · How to travel – train, bus or plane

    · Trips for all budgets – from $15 a day to over $150 a day

    · What to see and where to go

    · Full reviews of hotels and restaurants

    · Comprehensive chapter on the historical background of this most famous of all trade routes

    · 60 maps and town plans

    · Adapted from Silk Route by Rail, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Guide Book of the Year Awards

    · Covers more countries than other Silk Road guides – Turkey, Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China


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