Visually, Nohur is unlike any other site found in Turkmenistan. Rich in history, nature and tribal custom, Nohur is set 1,100 m above the Karakum Desert in the cool mountain valleys of southwestern Turkmenistan.
The Nohur people have maintained a highly homogeneous society based upon ancestral rights, and tribal custom. Varied images in the stunning silk embroideries sewn by local Nohur women, indicating their particular tribe, make Nohur silk renowned throughout the country. The Nohur felts are also thought to be exclusive to this region. They differ from customary Turkmen felts with their original designs and Zoroastrian ornaments symbolising the worship of fire, and the cult of fertility. Constructing their homes from the stones found around the area, the Nohur people have decorated these simple homes with handcrafted wooden columns and capitals unique only to this clan of people. Accented by two small flowing streams, the flora and fauna of this region is exceptional. There are mountain goats (umga and marhur), Urial mountain sheep, wolves, foxes, jackals, porcupines, and even snow leopards in these mountain-ridges. See this ancient way of life uniquely preserved and rarely seen.
– Nohur is reached by a road heading south into the mountains from the village of Archman. A 4x4 is required, though the route can become all but impassable after heavy rains. Since 2004, visits to the Nohur area have required a special border zone permit, to be applied for when you request your letter of invitation for Turkmenistan. The border checkpoint lies 12 km south of Archman. Nohur itself is another 10 km further on, and up, at an altitude of around 1000 m.
Day Tour to Nohur
Duration: 1 day (9-10 hours)
Pick up: hotel pick-up.
Morning pick up at your hotel in Ashgabat. Transfer to Nohur - village in the western Kopetdag Mountains on 4x4 vehicles. Visit the Ahal-teke private horse farm in Gokdepe on the way. In the private horse farm you can see the proud of Turkmens – national Akhal-teke horses. 5000 years ago Turkmens began to breed Akhalteke horses. Different rulers as Alexander the Great, Darius I wanted to own these horses. Continue drive to Nohur. Arrive and lunch at local’s family home in Nohur to experience the extraordinary culture enjoying the hospitality of locals. Visit the silk weaving home workshop and two fascinating sights in Nohur. One is the town’s cemetery, where each grave is protected by the huge horns of the mountain goats that locals consider sacred - indeed many houses in the village have a goat’s skull hanging on a stick outside to ward off evil spirits. Just beyond is the pilgrimage site of Kyz Bibi. A fat-trunked plane tree, surrounded by a small metal fence, is covered with small scraps of cloth representing wishes. From here, a flight of concrete steps leads up to a tiny cave, just a few centimeters across, in the side of the hill. The cave is surrounded by more pieces of material, some of which have been fashioned into tiny cribs, suggesting the nature of the wishes made here. After sightseeing tour in Nohur return to the main road to Ashgabat. Tour ends at your hotel.
Private tour to Nohur:
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• Transport services (4WD cars) during the whole tour,
• English speaking guide or driver,
• Lunch at the homestay in Nohur,
• Admission fee to the private Horse Farm in Gokdepe,
• Complementary mineral water
• Food and drinks, unless specified
• Personal expenses, tips