On The Silk Route - 2013 travel blog






Note the traditional carpet guls on the license plate

The Marble City


Middle Class Housing















again, carpet guls as a design motif on public buildings

Wedding party

The Turkmenbashy Mausoleum



The Turkmenbashy Mosque


The Carpet Museum

Again, I can't resist.

"Tolkuchka Bazaar - An archetypal Asian bazaar as Cecil B. de Mille would have created it."

Sadly all that is left is the animal market and a row of rug sellers within a giant complex that could have been built for Walmart.

The city itself appears new born since much of it was destroyed in a 1948 earthquake that took over 100,000 lives, a third of the population. It is a desert city reborn in marble and gold and black granite. It has to be seen to be believed. However, I have to say that it is much more tasteful than I had expected. And less quirky. It doesn't displace Tirana or Trans-Nistra on my favorites list of quirky places.

Quite stunning. And largely empty. The people are evidently at Walmart, except for wedding parties that drive from shrine to shrine for photographs.

It is a place I can't explain.

The carpet museum is my last stop. Entry is expensive and each photograph would cost $4 so you'll just have to take my word for it that it is glorious.

And three of us are the only visitors.

That's it from the Silk Road. Definitely a can't miss for me.

And the overlanding was a pleasure.

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