BalkanabatBalkan Province, Turkmenistan.
By planeTurkmenistan Airlines offers flights from Ashgabat to Balkanabat on Tue, Thu and Sat (US $11). Balkanabat airport is 2 km east of the city.
By trainTurkmenistan 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 busThe trip from Ashgabat takes about 6 hours. Marshrutkas and shared taxis cost US$2-3, taxis approx. US$15. They arrive in front of the train station.
Gozli AtaMausoleum of a highly respected Sufi teacher, today a very popular place of pilgrimage
Yangykala Canyonone of the most spectacular natural attractions in Central Asia, 165 km north of Balkhanabat, 160 km east of Turkmenbashi
DekhistanIn 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
TarshavatThe 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 MausoleumDating from the 9th and 10th century. 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.
Regional History Museumphone: +993 222 49126address: Gurgteli Annayew köcesi
Russian Orthodox Church
Balkanabat Carpet Factoryaddress: Azady köcesi
Kafe Ruslanphone: +993 222 40740address: Kvartal 201
Hotel Nebitchiphone: +993 222 45335address: Kvartal 1985-star hotel, all rooms with satellite TV, excellent restaurants
Hotel Balkanphone: +993 222 43293address: Kvartal 225