Tejen (older spellings: Tedzhen, Tejend, Tejent) is an oasis city in the Karakum Desert, in Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. It lies along the M37 highway, between Dushak and Mary, 223 kilometres (139 mi) by road southeast of Ashgabat.[1] It has a population of approximately 52,000. To the east is the larger oasis of Merv.

Tejen
Tejen is located in Turkmenistan
Tejen
Tejen
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°23′N 60°30′E / 37.383°N 60.500°E / 37.383; 60.500
Country Turkmenistan
ProvinceAhal Province
Elevation
161 m (528 ft)
Population
 • Total52,000

The town contains the Charman Ahun Mosque, the Hotel Tejen, and numerous fertiliser and textiles factories.

HistoryEdit

In 1883 it was occupied by General Komarov during the Russian conquest of Turkestan. In 1916, when the Turkmens participated in a revolt against the Russians, Tejen was a hotbed of activity.[2]

EconomyEdit

Tejen is known for its melon production, and contains numerous fertiliser and textiles factories. It is also known for its narcotics, which are known locally as "Tejen tea".[3]

LandmarksEdit

The town contains the Charman Ahun Mosque and the Hotel Tejen.[3]

WildlifeEdit

Historical records indicate that the Caspian tiger occurred in this region.[4]

TransportEdit

It is a stop on the Trans-Caspian railway, and in the 1996 a new line to Mashhad in Iran was opened.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Google (9 October 2016). "Tejen" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Turkenistan". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c Brummell, Paul (2005). Turkmenistan. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 129–30. ISBN 978-1-84162-144-9.
  4. ^ Geptner, V. G., Sludskij, A. A. (1992) [1972]. "Tiger". Mlekopitajuščie Sovetskogo Soiuza. Moskva: Vysšaia Škola [Mammals of the Soviet Union. Volume II, Part 2. Carnivora (Hyaenas and Cats)]. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation. pp. 95–202.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Coordinates: 37°23′N 60°30′E / 37.383°N 60.500°E / 37.383; 60.500