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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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  • August 17, 2017
    The old town of Khiva is an architectural gem. Essential to climb the Watchtower at sunset to see the city with a special light
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  • July 31, 2017
    Khiva's Old Walled Town is one of the most well-preserved in Central Asia. It is also one of the most atmospheric. Compared to other silk road towns in Uzbekistan, like Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    the city tour immerses you in a fabulous size (one thousand and one nights, Aladdin) the city and rebuilt in historical parts as being the gateway to the East was subject to the ravages of the powerful. The city and the walls are built with mud and straw. However hardly there deviates from the tourist center there are the houses of ordinary people
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  • July 13, 2017
    It is absolutely worth the effort to visit this incredibly preserved silk road city. The individual museums can be a bit weird and wonderful, but the place as a whole is the best museum you could wish to see.
  • April 4, 2017
    Beautiful area to wander. No need to get a ticket if you don't want to go to museums.
  • May 8, 2017
    History, atmosfere, nice old city
  • September 24, 2016
    Brilliant preservation of old city. VERY friendly locals.
  • June 24, 2016
    One of the most favourite place in Uzbekistan. In the evening it becomes quiet and more romantic place :)

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Whether you're looking to experience local culture or want a more upscale hotel experience, you'll find many types of accommodations in Khiva. Staying in a guesthouse or rental lets you really engage with the city, without spending a ton of money. If traveling with a tour group, you will most likely stay in a modern hotel. Book ahead for travel in spring or fall, the tourism high season. During the off-months fewer hotels stay open, but you also have far fewer tourists to compete with.
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