Question about Marv and Gozli Ata&Yangykala canyon
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2013 2:01 PM Last Post By: danielsprague
Apr 17, 2013 5:55 AM
Question about Marv and Gozli Ata&Yangykala canyonIf anyone can answer my questions I would be very thankful.
How much can cost renting a taxi to get from Mary to Merv complex, visit it and go back?
If I have a transit visa from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan, so can I make a detour in Balkanabat and go on the way to Turkmenbashi to Gozli Ata and Yangykala Canyon? How much can cost a car for such a trip?
Is it easy to find a not expensive hotel in Turkmenistan (Mary, Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi)?
Is transport from Turkmenbashi to Zanaozhen (Kazakhstan) frequent? I mean is it going every day?
Apr 23, 2013 12:16 AM
I have visited some of these places with my own car in 2010, so I cannot give prices on public transport.
Unless you really want to stay in Mary, its better to stay in the little town of Bayramaly which is right next to Merv. There was a cheap ($10 ?) hotel there. However, Merv is a huge area and to see it properly you need a car, or a bike maybe.
Side trips in Turkmenistan will involve taxis, and you will have to plan where to stop on the main road and find a taxi.
With a five day transit visa (i.e. four days max in the country) you are really trying to do a lot to go from Serhetabat to Mary, Bayramaly, Merv, back to Mary, then Balakan to Gozli Ata, Yangikala, then Turkemenabat and out at Karabogazkol. It is probably better to just book a tour to do all this, as I doubt you could do it all by organising it on the ground.
As far as I know, there is no transport from Turkmenabat to Zhanaozen.
There was a recent post on the TT which contained info on Mangystau region, and gave the name of a T2000 hotel in Zhanaozen, and in Aktau. Do a search.
You're looking to go to some very remote places, and if you don't have your own transport, you will need plenty of cash for taxis, or plenty of time for hitching... If you are lucky.
Apr 23, 2013 9:48 AM
the idea of a detour on the way from Balkanabat to Turkmenbashi was just an idea and i am not sure about that. As for these 5 days I have it all planed. First day is for entering Turkmenistan from Herat and getting to Mary. I hope there is public transport from Serhetabat to Mary. Second day is for visiting Marv and maybe get to Ashgabat the same day, Ithink here it shouldn't be a problem with transport. Third day is for visiting Ashgabat and then taking night train to Balkanabat or Turkmenbashi. Fourth day is for staying there and 5th day is for leaving for Kazakhstan. I don't have plenty of cash for taxis and I want to use public transport. You wrote about Turkmenabat but it is not in my plan - I wrote about Turkmenbashi and in LP they write there are shared taxis, so are you shure that there's not? Do you have any idea about how much can it cost to hire a taxi for visiting Marv? I heard taxis in Turkmenistan are not so expensive.
Apr 24, 2013 8:46 AM
3Sorry, I meant Turkmenbashi instad of Turkmenabat.
I have never taken a taxi in Turkmenistan, but I doubt it is very costly.
Your plan sounds much more feasible without the side-trips, the only part is leaving Turkmenisatan on the last day. I did not cross the border at karabogaz - zhanaozen, but the only person I have ever met who did it had to hire a taxi. You might get a ride on a truck, but this is seriously remote territory.
You would also be better staying the night in Torghundi, so you can cross the border first thing in the morning, and have the best chance of finding a marshrutka to Mary. I stayed with the chief of police after he told me I could not sleep at the chaikhana...
Best of luck
Apr 24, 2013 11:34 AM
4Thanks Daniel, well I will have in fact 2 days to organize transport and leave Turkmenistan, LP writes that renting whole car from Turkmenbashi to Zhanaozen is about 120 usd and I also found info that going from karabogaz to zhanaozen by private car is 50 usd, so if I am ready to pay such amount if I haven't found shared transport. But could you tell me yet 2 things. First - are there ATMs working with our VISA/Master Card in Turkmenistan (in LP they write that there are not). Second - you traveled from Afghanistan to Turkmenistan or oposite direction? How did you get from Serhetabat to Mary? Shared taxi? I saw that there's also a train at 1.30 pm.
Apr 24, 2013 1:59 PM
5I have never used an ATM in Turkmenistan, and have never heard of anyone doing so with a foreign card. I couldn't even tell you if they have ATMs there at all. I would not go there on the assumption that you can access your money. There was an ATM which worked in Herat I think in 2010, so you could stock up there. In Kazakhstan, ATMs are very common, and although I have never visited Zhanaozen, I am 95% sure you will find an ATM there.
As I have said in my first post, I drove my own car, it means my car, which I own. As I have said in my second post, I did not use taxis :)
I travelled from Afghanistan into Turkmenistan at Aaqina / Imam Nazar, then I came back to Afghanistan at Serhetabat / Torghundi. Getting from Herat to Torghundi will be no problem.
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