Tour Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, and admire the wonders of a newly-minted city. In recent years, the city has grown by leaps and bounds from oil money. Nearly every new building and structure in and around the city is perhaps larger than life, but worth seeing. Some major places of interest include the Türkmenbaşy Palace the presidential headquarters, the Independence and Peace Monument, the Kipchak and Ertuğrul Gazi Mosques with golden domes and pointed minarets, and the impressive monument to the Akhal-Teke Horses, the "golden horses" and national emblem of Turkmenistan. You should also visit the Turkmen Fine Arts and Carpet Museums, which house an extraordinary collection of beautiful Turkemen carpets and thousands of archeological items. No trip would be complete without a visit to Toulkucha Bazaar, the largest bazaar in the country, where you can buy almost everything imaginable, including vehicles, camels, handicraft, jewelry, spices, vegetables, and, of course, the world famous and colorful Turkemen carpets. Ashgabat is a unique blend of old and new and should readily appeal to any PlanetHopper!
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- Location: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan