Balkanabat

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Balkanabat is a city in Balkan Province, Turkmenistan.

Understand[edit]

Balkanabat may serve as a stopover on the trip from Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi and as starting point for excursions to Dekhistan and the Yangykala Canyon.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Turkmenistan Airlines offers flights from Ashgabat to Balkanabat on Tue, Thu and Sat (US $11). Balkanabat airport is 2 km east of the city.

By train[edit]

Turkmenistan Railways operate two trains per day from Turkmenbashi and two trains from Ashgabat. The railway station is 1 km west of the central Niyaziv Square.

By bus[edit]

The trip from Ashgabat takes about 6 hours. Marshrutkas and shared taxis cost about US $2 or 3, taxis approx. US $15. They arrive in front od the train station.

Get around[edit]

  • Gozli Ata (135 km north of Balkanabat). Mausoleum of a highly respected Sufi teacher, today a very popular place of pilgrimage
  • Yangykala Canyon. one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Central Asia, 165 km north of Balkhanabat, 160 km east of Turkmenbashi
  • Dekhistan. In medieval times rivalling Merv and Konye Urgench. Today only ruins of two minarets and of the oldest mosque in the country remain. Expect to pay US $50 for the round trip per taxi including waiting time
  • Tarshavat (38 km from Balkanabat). The picturesque ruins of the Tarshavat caravanserai stand on one of the ancient caravan routes on the Silk Road. The caravanserai is a rectangular building with a stone wall and ruins of residential buildings inside.
  • Shir Kabir Mausoleum (6 km from Dekhistan). Dating from the 9th and 10th cent. Shir Kabir is one of the oldest surviving mosques on the territory of Turkmenistan. It has a unique mikhrab consisting of three niches one inside the other.

See[edit]

  • Regional History MuseumGurgteli Annayew köcesi 49126. US $1.25.
  • Russian Orthodox Church.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Balkanabat Carpet FactoryAzady köcesi. Mon to Frin 9AM to 6PM.

Eat[edit]

  • Kafe RuslanKvartal 201 (west of the city center),  40740.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Hotel NebitchiKvartal 198 45335 to 39. five star hotel, all rooms with satellite TV, excellent restaurants dbl US $100.
  • Hotel BalkanKvartak 225 43293. US $30 to 60.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

By plane[edit]

Turkmenistan Airlines offers flight from Balkanabat to Ashgabat on Tue, Thu and Sat (US $11). Balkanabat airport is 2 km east of the city.

By train[edit]

Turkmenistan Railways operate two trains per day to Turkmenbashi and two trains to Ashgabat. The railway station is 1 km west of the central Niyaziv Square.

By bus[edit]

The trip to Ashgabat takes about 6 hours. Marshrutkas and shared taxis cost about US $2 or 3, taxis approx. US $15. They leave in front od the train station.

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