8 days in Turkmenistan & Tajikistan Itinerary

8 days in Turkmenistan & Tajikistan Itinerary

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8 days in Turkmenistan & Tajikistan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New Delhi, India


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1
night
Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Darvaza online route planner .

New Delhi, India to Darvaza is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature Parks
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality. On the next day, admire the striking features of Wedding Palace, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ashgabat day trip website .

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Ashgabat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

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nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Hisor Fortress (in Hisor). There's lots more to do: walk around Rudaki Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, and don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ashgabat to Dushanbe by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ashgabat in October since evenings lows in Dushanbe dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Iskanderkul Lake, Hisor Fortress, Nurek Dam
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan ©