You can never truly understand how beautiful and glorious Khiva is until you find yourself standing inside the ancient city itself. No words can match its beauty and the ancient wisdom on display in the buildings and planning of this city in central Asia’s Uzbekistan. With a seven-day visa-free policy for Chinese travelers coming in 2020, this UNESCO World Heritage site along the ancient Silk Road is expecting to see an increase in both tourists from China and archeology cooperation with the country.
Bjoern left Germany some weeks ago, travelled through Eastern Europe to Russia, visited historical places, enjoyed the overwhelming hospitality of the Russians, and followed the vast open landscapes of Kazakhstan round the northern shore of the Caspian Sea.
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Khiva (Uzbek: Xiva, Хива; Russian: Хива) is a town in the western province of Khorezm in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Along with Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road. It’s difficult to imagine what exactly ancient Khiva was like, considering the historical…
Delegation of Uzbekistan visited the historic city of Avila. According to the khokim of the city of Khiva Erkin Yakubov, Khiva and Avila can become sister cities. Negotiations between the administrations of the two historical centers on this issue have already begun. This was reported by the Press Service of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Development of Tourism.
«We have a lot of things in common between the cities of Avila and Khiva, – noted the khokim. – Both cities are fortresses. Avila was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985, and Khiva in 1989. These fortified cities can be entered through the gates – 4 in Khiva and 6 in Avila. We have adobe walls, and they have stone walls. At the same time, the population of Khiva is 1,5 times more than Avila’s, 89 thousand and 53 thousand, respectively. The experience of preserving the historical heritage and attracting tourists to Avila is worthy of attention.Spanish partners are expressing a great interest in cooperation and assistance in development of tourism».
Delegation of Uzbekistan in Spain is taking part in the largest tourism fair FITUR 2018.
A homophobic gang assaults a gay technical-school student in Fargona, Uzbekistan, a country where sexual activity between men is a crime — stripping the victim naked, beating him with a stick, and forcing him to insert a beer bottle into his anus, then posting video of the attack on the Internet.
Several men force an Uzbek woman to confess that she has worked as a prostitute while they film her for a “shame video” distributed on social-media networks.
Angry shopkeepers at a clothing market in Urganch accuse a teenage girl of theft and take the law into their own hands — stripping her naked from the waist up, beating and kicking her, and forcing her onto the street while a man who encourages the attack shoots a video that goes viral in Russia and other former Soviet republics.
We’ve referred to this trip in all three of the above terms, but just one three-week trip. The nine-day add-on to Iran and then our three days in Dubai will be covered separately.
Overview: We started in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, drove over the border toAlmaty, Kazakhstan, flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, next by road to Khujand, Tajikistan, then drove back into Uzbekistan to Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva; drove over the border to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (from their four of us left the Silk Road for an extension of our tour and drove into Iran – blog to come).
This trip was one Bernie had been thinking/dreaming/planning on for a very long time and brought me around to slowly, but I’m definitely happy he convinced me.
We did this trip with Road Scholar because of the language and logistical difficulties; we were super happy with the itinerary, accommodations, transportation and our guides, both our main guide, Jamma, who was with us the whole time, and our local guides. Road Scholar’s emphasis is on education – we were told at least a dozen times “this is NOT a shopping trip” and we appreciated that.
Khiva (Uzbek: Xiva, Хива; Russian: Хива) is a town in the western province of Khorezm in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Along with Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road. It’s difficult to imagine what exactly ancient Khiva was like, considering the historical areas were restored to a scrubbed and squeaky-clean look by the Soviets in the 1970s. However, the clustered array of mosques, madrassahs and tiled minarets within a area of less than 3km provides a sense of how crowded and bustling this town must have been throughout its history.