"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.." - Jimmy Dean
Route: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (Flight: HY051)
Hotel: Khiva Malika Hotel, Uzbekistan
|(Urgench International Airport)|
|(Eager to explore the Ancient City of Khiva)|
The distance from Urgench Airport to Khiva old City is about 25 km. Khiva is one of the old cities of ancient Khorezm, the pearl of eastern middle age architecture. According to the legends Khiva was founded by a son of Noah, Shem when he dug a well in the middle of the desert and became a caravan destination. Khiva was located on the crossroad of The Great Silk Road as an important post that connected two powerful lands, China and Rome.
|(A famous mathematician, Al-Xorazmy)|
|(Exploring the Silk Route in Central Asia)|
|(The Kunya-Ark Fotress)|
Kunya-Ark ‘old fortress’ was Khiva rulers’ residence and citadel. The fortress had a developed infrastructure for the convenience of administration, and entertainment of the khan, his family, officials and troops. Since the end of the 18th century the fortress had been a guarded and hidden behind its own castellated adobe wall, not to mention the 10-meter-high and 5-6-meter-thick fortification wall of Ichan-Kala itself.
|(Mohamad Amin Khan Madrassah)|
|(Unfinished Kalta Minor Minaret)|
|(A 44 meter high Islam Khoja Minaret)|
|(Bustling bazaar in the walled city)|
|(The gate of Palace Tash Hauli)|
|(Walled palace and mausoleum)|
The name of Uch Avlioli mausoleum means ‘Mausoleum of three Saints’ and it is located in ancient city of Khiva. The current location of the mausoleum is the rear courtyard of the palace Tash Hauli. Wide hall of the mausoleum has arch-dome-shaped roof with stalactites as a decoration.
|(Wooden columns in Juma Mosque)|
|(The original pillars still standing strong)|
|(Khiva green dome and the tall minaret)|
|(Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum)|
Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum is a beautiful emerald green dome topped with a gleaming gold orb. It is the holiest site in Khiva. Many visiting pilgrims pass through a wooden door carved with the Islamic creed and enter a sublime courtyard. Here the slanting shadows, the musical strains of a mullah's prayer and the glinting of the majolica and daisy-patterned tiling in the afternoon sunlight create a magical effect.
|(Tash Hauli Palace)|
|(Puppets and ceramic souvenirs)|
Tash Hauli Palace which means ‘Stone House’, contains Khiva’s most sumptuous interior decoration, including ceramic tiles, carved stone and wood, and ghanch. Built by Allakuli Khan between 1832 and 1841 as a more splendid alternative to the Kuhna Ark, it’s said to have more than 150 rooms off nine courtyards, with high ceilings designed to catch any breeze.
|(The palace beautiful courtyard and garden)|
|(Artifacts in the museum)|
Alla Kulli Khan Palace and Madrasah complex was built by order of Allakuli Khan, in order to make Khiva one of the picturesque and attractive cities of Asia. Having demolished decrepit and collapsing old madrasahs made from framework and adobe, he asked skillful masters of those times to build new madrasahs from baked brick.
|(Vibrant local designs and colors)|
After visiting the historical sites inside the fortress city, we had lunch at Tasavul Boshi restaurant. Lunch was elaborate with starters of salad dishes followed by hot soup, then the main course. Dessert was sweet rock melons and honey dews. The meals normally ended with green or black tea. Coffee was served upon special request only.
|(Dinner under the sky)|
|(A Museum Restaurant)|
After lunch we continued the walking tour of the old city. Then we checked-in Khivac Malika Hotel and had a refreshing nap till it was time for dinner. Dinner was at Tolib Museum Restaurant in the open air next to the minaret.
We stayed overnight at Malika Hotel in Khiva, Uzbekistan.