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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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  • This walled old city appears to have been fully revitalised with quite a lot of historical content ready to be shown. The shops and cafe are well organised like a department store for tourists enjoyme...  more »
  • Walking around aimlessly through the streets and squares inside the city is all that needs to be done in Khiva ... view will do the rest.
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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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful area to wander. No need to get a ticket if you don't want to go to museums.
  • History, atmosfere, nice old city
  • Brilliant preservation of old city. VERY friendly locals.
  • 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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