Day 28: Tash-Hovli Palace

The Kuhna-Ark, which is located near the western gate of Khiva's Itchan Kala, served as the primary palace of the Khans for the better part of 400 years.  Built primarily as a fortress, the Ark was more purpose built for military use rather than as a lavish residence. Rather than have his residence in a … Continue reading Day 28: Tash-Hovli Palace

Day 36: Islam Khoja Complex

Additional proof that monuments don't need to be ancient in order to preserve historic ambiance, the Islam Khoja complex is just 100 years old, founded in 1908 by Asfandiyar Khan's enlightened Vizier, none other than Islam Khoja.  Timing was bad for everyone unlucky enough to be in a position of power during this period of … Continue reading Day 36: Islam Khoja Complex

Day 53: Kuhna Ark

The Kuhna Ark is a city within a city, located on the western edge of the Itchan Kala, separated from the rest of the Khiva by a high wall.  First constructed as a military defensive fortress in the 12th century, and then expanded in the 17th century as a citadel palace and residence of Arang-Khan.  … Continue reading Day 53: Kuhna Ark

Day 60: Itchan Kala

If you had to pick a quintessential silk-road storybook destination, one that preserves that ancient caravan route ambiance, massive walls rising out the desert, palaces and minarets poking up above the dunes into the sky over the horizon, Khiva's Itchan Kala is what you have been looking for. Khiva fulfills all the Central Asia expectations and … Continue reading Day 60: Itchan Kala