Ashgabat is really a relatively young city, but it is not far from Nisa, the ancient capital of the Parthians and the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala.
Our group visited the old Nisa archaeological site, but I remained behind in the shade with about a half dozen of our group members. After the disappointment at Old Penjikent, I preferred to stay in the shade and enjoy the Kopet Dag mountain range that hid Afghanistan from our site - only about 12 miles distance.
The sister city to Ashgabat is Albuquerque. It figures; hot and dry.
Our hotel in Ashgabat.
High school students celebrating graduation.
Visit to Nisa archaeological site.
The mosque built by the French.
The mausoleum next to "that" mosque. The attendant scolded me for taking notes while inside. Talk about "extreme," this is one of them
Closeup of the mosque. We were not allowed to take pictures inside.
We visited one of the largest bazaars in Central Asia. This was the camel/livestock market.
We saw many Koreans throughout Central Asia. Many sold their salads in one section of the bazaar.
Although there are many vendors outside the gate of the bazaar, this is the main entrance.
There are many vendors of carpets similar to this one.
What I saw walking through the bazaar.
There are many nuts and dried fruit vendors.