Tour to Khiva the city of Uzbekistan for 1 day with a guarantee
Uzbekistan is a country with diverse cultural traditions. Many historical, architectural, and cultural sites are under the protection of UNESCO. The city of Khiva is no exception. For now the traditions of predecessors are inherited and preserved here. Khiva preserves and honors the history of the city. This you can see when you arrive in Khiva, all the architectural and historical monuments are preserved to this day. And also here with respect to the ancient folklore and traditional cuisine.
Having gone on a Khiva tour for one day, you can immerse yourself in times when the life and works of an important and well-known scientist Al-Khorezmi were occurring. Visit the mosques, walk near the madrasah (Muslim secondary school and theological Seminary), get acquainted with the majestic palaces, see the harem and ancient baths, as well as walk near the fortress-citadel Ichan-Kala.
Due to the preserved history, the city of Khiva is in demand among tourists from many countries. That is why Uzbekistan is receiving more and more tourists every day.
One-day tour program to Khiva
Day 1 Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent
The tour to Khiva begins with the flight Tashkent-Urgench. Immediately after arrival at the airport you will be waiting for a transfer to Khiva city. On arrival in the city, you will meet with a local guide who will give you a vast guided tour of Khiva.
Tour of Khiva starts at “Ota-Darvaza” gate It is situated in west part and considered as the main entrance to the city of the four existing gates of Ichan-Kala. Ichan-Kala is actually a “city within a city”. In the east there is “Palvan-Darvaza”, in the north “Bogcha-Darvaza”, in the south “Tosh-Darvaza”. Each of these gates are part of one large complex of guarding walls with a length of 2.1 km and a height of about 700-800 cm Thickness of fortification exceeds 5 meters, and the very walls complement the defensive galleries for archers.
Next on Khiva tour you are waiting for:
“Muhammad Amin-khan” madrasah. This building is considered as the largest madrasah not only in the city, but also in the whole of Central Asia.
“Kalta-Minar” minaret. It is the official emblem of the city. The nearly 30-meter minaret was remained incomplete however it was originally planned that its height would reach 70 or 80 m. The governor of the ancient Khiva khanate wished the minaret to be the highest in Central Asia, but after his death the construction came to a stop.
“Kunya-Ark” citadel complex. Kunya Ark or the old citadel is the inner fortification of the khanate, which is located in Ichan-Kala. In addition to the old citadel, the ensemble has citadels “Kurinishkhana”, “Harem”, “Mint” and a tower with an observation deck “Ak-Sheikh-bobo”, from which you can view the whole “Ichan-Kala” and even make a photo on the background of beautiful panoramas.
“Muhammad Rahim Khan” madrasah. This building, built in the middle of the XIX century by order of Seid Muhammad Rahim Khan II. He was also known as the poet Feruzshah.
“Juma” mosque and minaret. On the outside it is an ordinary one-storey building with a visor roof near the entrance. And still it is called unusual and amazing. As a matter of fact that the large size or beauty does not make it unusual, but the absence of domes. In the mosque there is no gallery, and even the courtyard. And you can enter the building from three different sides. Especially the northern entrance stands out, as from its side you can see the minaret of 33 meters in height, which is part of a mosque. And in the mosque there is another amazing phenomenon – the structure is supported by 213 pillars. These wooden pillars are decorated with carvings with floral motifs. All pillars are installed on the felt lining (of course, now it is almost turned into stone), which was necessary for the building to withstand the earthquake. About 2 dozen pillars were built in the 10th century, the rest were installed a little bit later.
“Islam-Khoja” madrasah and minaret. Despite the fact that this complex is quite young, it is a real pearl of Khiva. The main part of the architectural complex is Islam-Khoja minaret. Today it is the most famous ensemble in Ichan-Kala. The composition is based on a combination of contrasts. The project was built on contrasts: the highest minaret in the city is located next to a small madrasah. Because of this, so high construction seems even more. “Islam-Khoja” can be seen from afar. At the beginning of the last century, the minaret was used as a lighthouse that pointed the way to caravans. The best architectural traditions of the XVI century, the height of more than 56.5 meters and all this made it possible the construction to surpass “Kalyan” minaret, which is located in Bukhara. Especially decorative majolica stands out. Horizontal rows lined with white, blue and turquoise colors shine against a background of the bright sky. A platform is built at the 45-meter height, which opens a view of almost all Khiva sights. Interestingly, the minaret and madrasah have almost no distance between them. The madrasah itself consists of one large hall and 42 living rooms (they are called hujras). Students and their teachers used to live there. In the south-eastern wing there is a mosque decorated with ganch (decoration with gypsum) and majolica.
“Pakhlavan Mahmud” mausoleum. The main shrine of the city, which is one of the most beautiful mausoleums. The interior and exterior of the building are entirely made of blue majolica, which was made by urban craftsmen. The blue dome (or “gumbaz”) is the largest in the city, so it can be seen from any side. Almost the entire area around the mausoleum is filled with ancient graves. Local pilgrims constantly come to the “Pakhlavan Makhmud” mausoleum.
Caravanserai and “Tim-Alla-Kuli-Khan”. Once it was the main stop of merchant caravans, where merchants could trade and store goods. Caravanserai is a yard with a two-storey residential building. The rectangular building was built according to the project, which resembles the construction of madrasah and consists of 105 rooms. The living rooms were at the top, and below there was a counter and storage for goods. It is the only caravanserai, which escaped destruction in all of Khorezm. “Tim-Alla-Kuli-Khan” is a building that was built in the middle of the XIX century. This building served as an entrance complex and a market at the same time. Shops were built on the sides, behind which merchants stood. Fabric from England or Russia, silk shawls, boots from Bukhara, Chinese dishes and there was a huge selection of goods. And here it was monitored that the scales showed the correct weight, and the buyers paid taxes for the import and export of goods.
“Tash-Hauli” Palace. The city has more than fifty sights, but “Tash-Hauli” palace is the brightest of them. Wood, natural stone, marble, ceramics - all this was used in the construction of a whole maze consisting of more than 150 rooms and courtyards. The harem was build in the same palace as well.
“Kutlug-Murad-Inak” madrasah. Madrasah in the east of Ichan-Kala is distinguished by the antiquity of building among the 20 urban counterparts. It is one of the oldest madrasahs in Khiva. It was believed that this building lies on the way to the ancient city of merchants, Khazarasp. That is why all the masters who participated in the construction of the madrasah were invited from Khazarasp.
“Allakuli-khan” madrasah. This madrasah has standard form with a very rich decor. The front part of the madrasah is decorated with the Khorezm majolica in black, white and blue.
“Ak” mosque. Literally it means “White mosque”. It is located on the east side of Ichan-Kala and is part of the architectural ensemble. The Foundation of the mosque was built under Anush-khan in the XVII century.
“Anush-khan” bathhouses. There are many legends and traditions about the emergence of these bathhouses. Most often, their construction is associated with the triumphal campaign of Anush Mohammed khan on Kermin. According to the stories, the army of Anush’s father, Abulgazi khan, was suddenly attacked by the khan of Bukhara. And only a clever and brave Anush khan helped his father to gain a victory. In honor of his son, Abulgazi arranged a festive where he publicly acknowledged his merits, giving him an army with a banner and governing in Khazarasp.
“Palvan-Darvaza” gate. The final part of the tour. This gate is the eastern entrance to the Ichan-Kala citadel. It was named after the Khivan poet Palvan Mahmud, a native of an ordinary family, who was considered invincible pakhlavan (that is, a fighter). Over time, he was called a "pir", the city protector.
After visiting all the sights of Khiva you will be transferred to Urgench city, and then flight to Tashkent.
Tour price includes
- air ticket Tashkent – Urgench – Tashkent, econom class;
- excursion according to the program with a local guide (if necessary the guide is provided in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian);
- cost of entrance tickets in Khiva;
- transfers from airport Urgench to Khiva and from Khiva to Urgench airport;
- photo & video costs during the city tour program.
Tour price excludes
- excess baggage over 20 kg;
- personal expenses.
* On the territory of Tashkent voucher for this tour can be delivered by courier. The service is absolutely free.