Border “Howdan” – Ashgabat – Mary – Turkmenabat – Border “Farap”


     Meet the tourists at the Howdan-Bajgiran  border, transfer to Ashgabat. Accommodation at the Hotel. Lunch.  After lunch city tour including Independence Tower 91 m. height. National Museum of History, Arch of Neutrality, Russian  Bazar. Dinner. Have   short evening tour to the city visiting “Yyldyz” hotel (imitation to Burch al Arab) impressive one and Wedding  Palace (City Hall) from there you will have wonderful panorama  to the  city. Overnight.


     Early   breakfast.  Explore  “Old Nisa”  remains of  Parthian Royal Residence  with Zoroastrian Temple, Square Hall, Treasury of Parthian Kings and currently excavated sites.  On the way back to Ashgabat stop at the village Kipchak to see Spiritual Mosque of  Turkmenbashy  with  capacity  of  10 000 worshippers.  Lunch on the way (probably in  Tejen).  There is a good chaikhana (tea cafe). Arrival to Mary. Visit Regional Museum it is open till to 5 o`cklock PM. Accommodation at the Hotel. Dinner. Overnight.


     Breakfast at the Hotel. Explore  Ancient Merv  Monuments, including  Kyz Kala VII-th century CE, late Sasanian  period,  Askhabs  mausoleum (companions of prophet  Muhammed) Al Hakim ibn Amr al Jafari and Bureida ibn al Huseib al Islami  with  the beautifully  blue  tiled  patterns,  eight pointed  star shaped . Futher  to the East cross the bridge on al Razik canal and head to the North  between two fortresses. On the left Sultan Kala built at the time  of  Malik  shakh ibn  Alp Arslan, on the right Gyaur  Kala IV-th century BCE. On the Northern edge of that  there is Erk Kala  the oldest of Merv  fortresses. Hoja Yusuf  Hamedani  Mosque is one of Merv holiest parts where local pilgrims are worshipping  and  sacrificing the animals for good Fortune and fertility. Hoja Yusuf  Hamedani was  sufi-dervish and based in  Merv  School of SufismThe Shahriar Ark (or Citadel of Sultan Kala) is another  impressive parts of Merv. Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar is Most impressive construction with magnificent turquoise-tiled outer dome, which was seen from one day caravan way according to the reports of middle age  historians. The XII-th century Mausoleum of Muhammed ibn Zeid is an interesting site for Sufi pilgrims. Drive to Turkmenabat, accommodation at the Hotel. Dinner. Overnight.


     Early breakfast. Transfer to Farap border. After Custom formalities via Bukhara.


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