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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. To visit Itchan Kala on your holiday in Khiva, and find out what else Khiva has to offer, use our Khiva trip website .
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  • Here it looks nothing like what you can know other Arab civilizations. C is a magical place in Pisa and Emerald and turquoise tiles. A must see. Caution: very hot place l was. There may be up to 50 degrees. The best season is now. It's nice and not hot.
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  • Had become from the West Gate front gate in the morning, tour around the city walls from the South Gate of the vicinity of the hotel in the old town with lunch in a Bazaar in the East of the finished shopping with the South Gate was in the evening. Around, still looking at the entire city of Chang Cala attractions. Understand Japanese and everyone feel talking to was able to realize the oasis in the middle ages, friendly people who remember the sense of intimacy.
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  • rebuilt well (certainly) or bad (according to purists) over the centuries after countless sieges and conquests does not matter this is a sterile debate ... for the spirit and the view ... the current result is lovely but it is the atmosphere of the alleys of the walls and of the time frozen in a show for the spirit ... I think in tours of this charming village of centrasia is the biggest surprise and it is right to spend as much time as possible in this place ... where, unfortunately, sometimes the more organized tours do not give this chance. ... (a pity) ... with the corollary of a discrete population and proud to work ...
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  • There are a lot of museums inside Itchan-Kala, where you just need to buy a ticket from the West gate and you will be able to visit all the museum inside, except minaret and one of the tall wall. The ticket lasts for 2 days. Viewing the city from higher point during sunset is really spectacular.
  • Amazing place. The city is rather small and can be walked easily. In summer the better times are the morning, when the air is fresh and the sunset when the sun light is good for.pictures and may stalls are closed. Have also a walk near the walls where most f the people live, they are very friendly. Some nice artisan shops too with good prices.
  • Amazing inner wall of old Khiva. You can walk on part of it. When we did this, we were the only people on the wall. It is free
  • 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.
  • Fun! Very interesting history, lots to see and do.

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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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