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Five hundred miles across the desert from Tashkent lies Khiva, a well-preserved and fascinating city, its azure-glazed tiles glinting in the midday sun.

The city was well known to the Victorians, who were shocked at tales of the barbarity of the local rulers, the Khans of Khorezm. Within the redoubtable city walls, however, a parallel history of scholarship and study, typified by the wondrous madrasas and mosques, with their intricate majolica patterns, is waiting to be discovered.

Around Khiva

The Aral Sea basin, UzbekistanNorthwest of Khiva, at Nukus, visitors can witness the tragic remnants of the Aral Sea, where rusting trawlers are marooned far from the receding waters. A visit to this desolate region contrasts sharply with the pomp and majesty elsewhere in the country.

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    • Khiva Walking Tour
      Khiva, Uzbekistan

      Khiva Walking Tour

      Khiva Walking Tour

      Khiva is a walker's town, with most of the monuments within a short distance of each other. The minaret is Khiva's highest point and, if you can climb all 118 steps, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the town and the desert beyond.

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