Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is something very unique in terms of travel experiences. The climate is very harsh: Ashgabat is known as one of the hottest places (cities) on Earth, with summer temperatures exceeding 46 degrees Celsium. It has very peculiar architecture as the city faced two major renovations: the first in 1948 after a ruinous earthquake of 9 magnitude, and the second one after 1991, when the government of independent Turkmenistan decided to make it a symbol of modern prosperity and wealth. Since then, the construction is focused on highrises, and the city has acquired a completely new look.
What to see
The TV Tower on Kopetdag Mount has won several awards as the highest building in the country, the biggest star in the world, and is seen from any point of the city at day and night time.
The Alem Entertainment Center is located on a hill and features the world's largest indoor ferris wheel. The center invites travelers for entertainment and shopping.
Driving only 18 km from Ashgabat you will find the famous Parthian Fortresses of Nisa, which were once the capital of Parthia. Tremendous historical heritage was found here which is now exhibited in the Main Museum of Turkmenistan.