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Itchan Kala, Khiva

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Marvel at Khiva's medieval walled city, Itchan Kala--a World Heritage-listed open-air museum. Spanning 26 hectares (64 acres), this well-preserved urban core features over 250 old houses and more than 50 tourist attractions within its 2 km (1.2 mi) long brick wall. Some 300 families still live inside the walls, specializing in traditional crafts. Take a stroll along the old alleys, do some museum-hopping, and admire an ornate tiled minaret and characteristic entrance towers over a pointed arch. Climb to a vantage point for a panoramic view of Khiva. Using our custom trip planner, Khiva attractions like Itchan Kala can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Walking along the walls went up at sundown this sunset was so cool. Had dictate the look of the city the ancient castle inspiration could be commercial.
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  • When you place the Ota Darvosa, you get into the story. Old town Itchan Kala is a Museum in itself. A day with a guide and the next day is necessary to return to favorite places. If you are lucky enough to be there on a Sunday morning, don't miss the market. Dare to blend in with the crowd, taste spices them, enjoy the hubbub, eat their specialties. All are friendly and smiling.
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  • Despite the proliferation of tourist facilities, hotels and restaurants, despite the understandable influx of tourists make it rather difficult to enjoy glimpses "pristine", this city still manages to maintain a considerable charm and walk through the streets of the old city continues to give authentic sensations. The old town surrounded by walls has a very limited scope, you walk around on foot in half a day, but that doesn't prevent you redo it again and again. Photography lovers will find endless visuals that change soul, color and shadows along the course of the solar arc. Needless to say, the landscapes that gives this place at sunrise and sunset are the best!
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  • One of the most favourite place in Uzbekistan. In the evening it becomes quiet and more romantic place :)
  • Brilliant preservation of old city. VERY friendly locals.
  • Very comfortable to travel. All historical places in one city. But make sure you visit Ayaz-Kala, pay extra 50000 sums to get a driver for half a day.
  • Очень красиво!
  • Sadly, the skins of countless small animals are marketed to tourists in the old city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. There's no excuse for animal abuse.