Nomad village - Erbent Oasis
oasis has preserved many of the traditional nomadic customs
and handicraft throughout the centuries. Watch the Teke
villagers prepare a traditional Chynar-patterned felt,
see how the wool is combed and beaten and help the women
with their tremendous work.
the firing of the Tamdyr-Oven to bake the dark bread common
in rural areas and join the milking of the dromedary camels
to make Chal, the traditional fermented Camel milk. Take
part in the set up of the summer Ak-Oy yurts together
with the villagers and learn the significance of the amulets
and protective Alaja strings used in this centre of everyday
nomads life. Erbent is also one of the few places where
you can still watch the beautiful traditional Turkmen
hunting dogs called "Tazy", a bread similar
to Afghan dogs.
can be visited in a day trip from Ashgabat or en route
to Northern Turkmenistan being a 3 hour drive north of
Ashgabat. You can also spend the night in a yurt or in
a traditional Chaykhana teahouse.