Ancient Khiva - a day in a city on the Silk Road
Khiva, perhaps, is a small city — its population barely reaches 40,000 people — but its history as the most preserved city on the ancient Silk Road, conveys its main attraction for tourists, recreating the historic trade route.
It seems that no one knows for sure how old this ancient city is, although history says that Khiva was founded by none other than Shem, the son of Noah (who built the Ark) and the date of the foundation of the city dates back to at least 7th century b.c., and possibly much earlier.
Khiva is a city of one-day excursion. Most of the city mosques, minarets and other historical buildings, known for their exquisite majolica and naturalistic painting, are situated inside an ancient fortress called Ichan-Kala.
|Start of the tour: Tashkent|
|End of tour: Tashkent||Tour category: Historical tours, Sightseeing tours.|
|Duration: 1 days / 0 nights||Сities: Tashkent, Khiva.|
Day 1: Tashkent - Khiva - Tashkent
Flight Tashkent - Urgench.
Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to Khiva.
Khiva is a city-museum in the open air. On the territory of 2.4 hectares the central part of the ancient city was preserved, surrounded by a fortified wall with four gates. On the territory there are palaces of rulers, harem, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and madrassas, as well as carpet workshops, woodcarving workshops, teahouses. Khiva - one of the capitals of ancient Khorezm - is a classical medieval city of three-part architecture.
Excursion to the historical and architectural reserve:
- Ichan Kala. Kunya Arc (XVII-XIX centuries);
- Ala Kuli Khan Ensemble (XVII-XIX centuries);
- Pakhlavon Mahmud Complex (XIII-XIV centuries);
- Tash Hauli Palace (XIX century);
- Madrasah and Minaret of Islam Khoja (beginning of the XX century);
- Madrasah of Shergazi Khan (XVIII century).
After the tour, free time is given for walking around the city and buying souvenirs.
Transfer to Urgench.
Flight of Urgench - Tashkent.
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