Khiva

 

Khiva is an ancient Silk Road town in western Uzbekistan near the Turkmenistan border.

It is known for its historic center, which clusters an array of mosques, madrassahs and tiled minarets in a dense area. This part of town is known as Ichon-Qala or Itchan Kala (literally: within the wall).

With a total of 94 mosques and 63 madrassahs, Khiva remains an important center of Islam.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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Hotel Asia Khiva

Located in the historical town of Khiwa, less than a 1-minute walk from the Ichan-Qala - Tash-Darwaza Gate and the old city, Hotel Asia Khiva features a spa and wellness centre, a swimming pool, a sauna, and an on-site restaurant. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$67

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Old Khiva

Only steps away from the picturesque Khiva Old Town, Old Khiva provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access. A restaurant and free bikes are at the guests' disposal at this hotel. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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Islambek Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Islambek Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Khiva. The hotel has a children's playground and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

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Mirza Boshi Hostel

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace, Mirza Boshi Hostel offers accommodation in Khiva. A TV is available. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Urgench International Airport is 33 km away. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$13

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Guest House Orzu

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Guest House Orzu is located in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Mirzo Boshi

Hotel Mirzo Boshi

Hotel Mirzo Boshi offers accommodation in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Each room at this inn is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$18

$18-
Hotel Kala

Hotel Kala

Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Hotel Kala is set in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Hotel Kala features free WiFi . Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$18

$18-
Old Khiva

Old Khiva

Only steps away from the picturesque Khiva Old Town, Old Khiva provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access. A restaurant and free bikes are at the guests' disposal at this hotel. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Hotel Isakhoja

Hotel Isakhoja

Hotel Isakhoja offers accommodation in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. A TV is provided. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Hotel Euro-Asia

Hotel Euro-Asia

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Euro-Asia offers accommodation in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Madrasa Aminxon

Madrasa Aminxon

Madrasa Aminxon offers accommodation in Khiva. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$22

$22-
Hayat Inn Khiva

Hayat Inn Khiva

Featuring free WiFi, Hayat Inn Khiva offers accommodation in Khiva. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$24

$24-

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks

Ichon-Qala (Itchan Kala)

Khiva’s historic city is rectangular in plan. This was the site of the khan's palace, and high officials and clergy and rich merchants used to live here, and is the reason there are many most important buildings located here. The ordinary people, small merchants, craftsmen and peasants lived in Dishan Kala. There were wells in Itchan Kala, whereas people had to draw drinking water from the irrigation channels in Dishan Kala.
Castles and Forts

City Gates

Khiva’s surrounding walls are 6 to 8 m high and 6 m thick at their base. As in other cities in Central Asia the city walls were built of sun-dried bricks, were destroyed several times, but were always rebuilt. According to the archaeologists the oldest parts of the city wall date from the 5th to 6th century CE. The main sights lie within the massive Ichon-Qala, which contains almost all of the ancient buildings of Khiva. There are four gates on each side of the wall:

West Gate (Ata Darwase). This is the main exit and entry point for almost all of the visitors."

North Gate (Bachtscha Darwase) is closest to the trolleybus and taxi stand; it is also called Urgench Gate

East Gate (Palwan Darwase) is the entry and exit to the caravanserai (a large building to house caravans); It is the best preserved gate in Khiva, its passage passage is 60 m long with deep niches on both sides.

South Gate (Dascht Darwase) is probably the least used, except by locals who live inside the Ichon-Qala.
Islamic Landmarks
Khiva is filled with mosques, mausoleums, and madrassas. Among these are:

Ak Mosque. This consists of a monumental hall with a dome above it and wooden aiwans on three sides.

Bogbonli Mosque The mosque was built in the 19th century, but wooden columns of the 15th century were used for it's aiwan.

Seid Allaudin Mausoleum. This is one of the oldest buildings at Khiva, dating from the period of the rule of the Mongols.

Khan Anush Mohammed's Bath. The building with a dome beside Ak Mosque is called Khan Anush Mohammed's Bath.

Uc Avlija Mausoleum. Uc Avlija is called the mausoleum of the three holy men or mausoleum of three great dervishs.

Juma Mosque. One of the oldest mosques in Khiva. It contains 212 ornately carved columns that support the roof, dating back to the 12th to 15th century.

Pahlawan Mahmud Mausoleum, This mausoleum is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in Uzbekistan. Pahlawan Mahmud ("the strong man") was famous for his extraordinary bravery, physical strength as well as his good nature.

Islam Khoja Minaret. The minaret is 45 m high and 10 m wide at its base. It was built in 1908 using the same methods as the much older minarets at Bukhara, Wabkent and Konye Urgench.
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