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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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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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  • I first time in my life had visited Khiva and was surprised with the Ichan Kala. It`s really old city with feeling of history of region. Madrasah, Emir`s palace, Mosque with hundreds of pillars and et...  more »
  • The small area of the walled city is so full of wonderful sights every way you turn. There is a lot of restoration and it does take on a bit of a film set feeling but is facination non the less. There...  more »
  • The view of the old city from above is a definite thing to include. Start at the north gate and go west and then south to an end around the Ark, at which point you have the best view over the religiou...  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 :)