The Akhal Velayat (region)
is situated in the center of the southern part of Turkmenistan at the
border of the Kara Kum desert its climate is sharply continental with
hot and dry summers. The area of Akhal equals 98000 square km and its
population is about 700.000 inhabitants.
The center of this velayat is an important industrial are Bezmein and
Tedjen. The Akhal velayat is an important industrial region of
Turkmenistan, having such major industries as natural gas extraction
and textile production (the biggest in the world factory of denim,
knitted and cotton fabrics have been put into operation in recent
years in Geok depe and Kaka), as well as the production of building
In agriculture the priority is given to cultivation of fine-fibered
cotton vegetables and stock-breeding. The tourist itineraries about
the Akhal velayat are diverse and intresting, providing acquaintance
with historical and architectural monuments of such towns-fortresses
as Khivabab, Abiverd, the ancient town of Serakhs and pilgrim routs to
the sacred places of Ak-Ishan, Dawgala, Zendi-baba, Kyrk-gyz,
Archman-ata, Shekshi islam, mausoleum of Abul-Seyid-Meikhene and the
mosque of Saparmurat Khadzha.
Perfect rest and medical treatment can be offered at a hard resort of
Archman known since the old times for its curative properties of radon
mineral waters. Akhal area there is also unique underground lake
Kov-ata with warm hydrogen sulfide water. The cave is 250 m long, 65 m
deep and 50 m wide. The water of this lake remarkably clean and
transparent, having admirable amethyst colour. Not far from the city
Ashkhabad in a mountain ravine there are wonderful nice picnic in the
open air and picturesque rest areas.
The Akhal velayat is a magi Archabil and Gokdere where one nificent
and beautiful land can climb a mountain in a retaining successive ties
company of skilful guide, with its ancient culture and nice a horse or
go out for an aspiring to the future.