15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Taxi to Dashoguz, Fly to Mary
4
Mary
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kaakhka
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

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Ashgabat

— 5 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat online itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Ashgabat is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Ashgabat, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Darvaza

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Darvaza tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Darvaza in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks

Kunya-Urgench

— 2 nights
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and then steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai, explore the ancient world of Kyrk Molla, delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum, then delve into the distant past at Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Seyit Ahmet, and finally contemplate the long history of Sweet Well.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kunya-Urgench sightseeing planner.

Getting from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Kunya-Urgench can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites

Mary

— 3 nights
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Mary is known for historic sites and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, and don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mary road trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kunya-Urgench to Mary in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Mary sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll set off for Kaakhka on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums

Kaakhka

— 2 nights
Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaakhka online vacation planner.

You can drive from Mary to Kaakhka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Turkmenistan travel guide

3.8
Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.