About the Karakum Desert and Darvaza
The karakum desert has different aspects when you cross it. From the way of Ashgabat to Darvaza, you can observe dunes of sand and also arid steppe. You can find some villages where the life is very quiet with a traditional lifestyle. Darvaza is specially famous cause the gas crater in the middle of the desert, far from away. The best moment to see it is at the sunset when the fire from underground lights the sky. If you approach near the crater, you will feel the hot coming on your skin. The experience is amazing. The sound of the fire and all these flames at night sounds a bit scary as well.
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