Badhyz State Nature Reserve (16/03/2009)
Syunt Hasardag State Nature Reserve (16/03/2009)
Dinosaurs and Caves of Koytendag (16/03/2009)
Repetek Biosphere State Reserve (16/03/2009)
Amudarya State Nature Reserve (16/03/2009)
Hazar State Nature Reserve (16/03/2009)
Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (01/03/2010)
Dehistan / Mishrian (25/02/1998)
TCC and MTP both count Turkmenistan as a single place, which is reasonable despite its size since on the order of 90% of that is desert, and, well, one bit of uninhabited desert is very similar indeed to pretty much any other bit of uninhabited desert.
The big reason to visit Turkmenistan, far as we’re concerned, isn’t actually the World Heritage Sites…
… it’s THE DOOR TO HELL!
The Darvaza gas crater (Turkmen: Jähennem derwezesi, Җәхеннем дервезеси), known locally as the “Door to Hell” or ”Gates of Hell“, is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern, becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since 1971. The diameter of the crater is 69 metres (226 ft), and its depth is 30 metres (98 ft).
A fire lit in 1971, 200+ feet around? Seriously, whenever we get to Turkmenistan, we’ll even miss our heritage sites to see THAT one!
- UNESCO country profile
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Nation Online’s profile
- CountryCode’s statistics and telephone info
- WhatPlug’s power outlet info
- Budget Your Trip’s cost estimations
- FlightMapper’s list of international airports
- Trip Advisor’s Things to Do
- Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum
- none yet!