Tourism of Lebap Region
Lebap Region (Turkmen: Lebap welaýaty from the Persian لب آب Lab-i āb) is one of the regions of Turkmenistan. It is in the northeast of the country, bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan along the Amu Darya. Its capital is Türkmenabat (formerly named Çärjew). It has an area of 93,730 square kilometers, and a population of 1,334,500 people (2005 est.).
The name Lebap is Turkmenized form of the Persian Lab-i āb (لب آب) which means "riverside" and has long been used to designate the middle reaches of the Amu Darya river.
It contains the Repetek Nature Reserve and the Köýtendag Nature Reserve, which has Turkmenistan's highest mountain, Aýrybaba (3137 meters).
Both Turkmen citizens and foreigners require special permission to visit parts of the province bordering Uzbekistan, as the government regards the border district as a "closed" border zone.
Lebap Region is divided into 16 districts (etraplar; singular etrap) and 3 cities (il).Name changes since 1995 are shown in parentheses:
Magdanly City (formerly Gowurdak)
The main industries are gas, food, textile and chemical branches (the ammonium and carbamide works, a modernized oil grease factory in Turkmenabad). Animal husbandry and agriculture are also well-developed branches of the region. The Lebap velayat has good prospects regarding industrial and transport development.
Among tourist itineraries about the Lebap velayat a trip to reserved places of Kugitang, magnificent mountain a mass known for luxuries primeval nature, unaffected by civilization and abundant in rare spices of animals and plants, will be of special interests. One can see here not only a sparking "Lunar Landscape" and "Plateau of Dinosaurs" with paw prints of the pre-historic reptiles, but also contemplate in reality wonderful pictures of the carts caves created by the Nature's fantasy deep underground.
Quite the opposite to the wealth of the plants of Kugitang will appear he Repetec snake reserve, one of the biggest in the world by variety of serpent species collected there. One can see in real a graceful deadly dance of cobras, proud predators of desert - varan lizards, Central Asian adders, gurzas, and many others.
Besides, the Lebap Land also keeps many others secrets you can get in touch with just by visiting the town-museum of Atamurat with its ancient caravanserais, mausoleums of Alamberdar and Astana-baba which continue to be the places of pilgrimage for many believers up to now.rkmenabat City (formerly Çärjew)
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Author: Guljahan Tursunova