Visit Khiva, Uzbekistan
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 medressas and mosques, with their intricate majolica patterns, is waiting to be discovered.
Northwest 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.
Suggested itineraries featuring Khiva
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Khiva, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Map of Khiva
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Photos of Khiva
Accommodation choices for Khiva
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Khiva. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Situated 50 metres away from the West gate of the Ichon Qala, Hotel Malika is the best hotel in town. Its rooms are simple and comfortable, and surround an indoor courtyard.
Ideas for experiencing Khiva
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Khiva, and which use the best local guides.
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.