NOWRUZ - NEW YEAR OF CENTRAL ASIA
21-22 March 2018
We welcome you to be the witness of colorful cultural show of greeting the spring – Nowruz Bayram. Turkmenistan, like many other neighboring countries, celebrates NOWRUZ – the ancient New Year of the region. Turkmens have their own Nowruz colorful customs. Traditional games, costumes, outdoor concerts of traditions songs and dances, and delightful culinary are among very unique elements that guest can observe and even be part of. Nowruz is celebrated in wide geography of Central Asia and Middle East with its unique local traditions. Nowruz celebration is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage.
Day 1 (19.03.2018): Arrival to Ashgabat city
Meet tourists at Turkmen-Iranian border “Howdan”. Transfer and accommodation at Grand Turkmen hotel. Free time. Overnight at Grand Turkmen hotel.
Day 2 (20.03.2018): Ashgabat - Gokdepe - Ashgabat
BF at hotel. In the morning drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village. Then drive to Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russian Empire Army. The siege of Gokdepe lasted 23 days, after which the city was taken by storm. Visit Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Also visit Gokdepe Historical Museum to learn the history of Gokdepe, understand the reason of Russian attacks, see the drawings of Russian-Turkmen battle, and see socio-historical development of Turkmen people. Later drive to visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses in the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque/mausoleum in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia). Then you will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat 2017 Sports and Housing facilities, and other beauty sites of Ashgabat. You will be also taken to grandiose Square of Revival (Galkynysh) - a new administrative, business and cultural center of Ashgabat. Have a stroll along Ylham (Inspiration) Park. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 3 (21.03.2018): Ashgabat –Yayla – Ashgabat
BF at hotel. Drive to Turkmen Yayla – participation in Nowruz Bayram Celebration. Visit folk show of five regions: Balkan, Ahal, Mary, Lebap and Dashoguz. Ancient traditions of celling carpets, jewelry and clothes. Lunch. Show of the woven of carpets, processing of wool. Cooking of traditional meals, visit of national wrestling. Then transfer to hotel. Overnight at Grand Turkmen hotel.
Day 4 (22.03.2018): Departure
BF at hotel. Transfer to Turkmen-Iranian border post “Howdan” or to Ashgabat International Airport. Farewell with tourists.