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Tours to Khiva

Khiva is an ancient oasis and museum city situated not far from the Kyzylkum desert. There are a number of legends explaining the origin of the city. One of these tells us about the old man starving from the thirst who had endured a trek across the seemingly boundless desert. Out of utter desperation, he stroked and pierced the ground with his staff to find water from which the city of Khiva was born.

The monuments of Khiva are like opening a Pandora’s Box of ancient jewellery within one finds the unsolved mysteries of the past. Ak-mosque, Tash-hauli Palace, Djuma mosque, the small structure of Kalta-Minar, Pakhlanav Makhmud mausoleum and Bagbanly mosque are just a small selection of the many historical antiquities to be happily explored.

There are a big number of madrassahs in Khiva: Allakuli-khan, Amir-Tura, Khurdjum maddrassahs, the education institutions of Arab-khan, Mukhammad-Amin-inak, Kutlug-Murad-inak, Abdulla-khan, Matniyaz-Divan-begi, Mukhammad Rakhim-khan and Shergazi-khan. The excursion along Khiva will not go without the visit to the residence of Khans – Kunya-arc, Mizdakhan complex and Anush-khan bathhouses.


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Complex of Pakhlavan Makhmud

The Mausoleum of Pakhalavan Makhmud is an amazing architectural complex, which can truly be proclaimed as the main sightseeing of Khiva. The mausoleum was built in 1701 and is presented in the form of huge building with blue domes decorated with gilding. It was built on the honor of city ruler Pakhlavan Makhmud, the poet, healer and incredibly strong man.

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Bathhouses of Anush-Khan

Bathhouses of Anush-khan are situated close to Ak-mosque. According to historians, bathhouses were built in 1664 by Abdulgazi-khan on the honor of his son Anush-khan. The uniqueness of Khiva bathhouses is in the fact that they are located almost under the ground and only the domes can be seen from the outside. Anush-Khan bathhouses are equipped with heating and sewerage systems.


Ak-mosque is a small structure built in white color. For this reason the name of this building is translated as “the white mosque”. It was founded on the XVII-th century on the initiative of Anush-khan. The bathhouses of Anush-khan are situated not far from Ak-mosque. They were built by the famous historian of those times Abdulgazi-khan.

Madrassah of Tamerlane

Madrassah of Tamerlane was built in 1870 and reconstructed in 1983. Due to unrest in times of construction, this huge monument has not been decorated. Madrassah of Temerlane consists of two floors. It is situated on the territory of Itchan-kala.

Madrassah of Arab khan and Muhammad-Amin-inak

There are two amazing monuments on the center of Itchan-kala: Madrassah of Arab Khan and Muhammad-Amin-inak. The monument is dated back to different years of construction. Madrassah of Arab khan was built in 1616, but after 200 years was rebuilt by the order of Allakuli-khan. Madrassah of Muhammad-Amin-inak is dated to the end of XVIII-th century. As legends suggest, Muhammad-Amin-inak himself was buried in the its walls.

Bagbanly Mosque

Bagbanly Mosque was built in the XIX-th century. Today this structure has a huge historical value due to columns made of carved wood whose style resembles with columns of Djuma mosque. The creator of Bogbanly mosque was a talented architect of those times Pakhlavan-kuli.

Djuma Mosque

Djuma Mosque was built on the sacred place. It is a wood carved shed over the square. It has a huge number of wooden columns part of which is dated back to X-th century. Djuma mosque was built thanks to Abdurakhman Mukhtar, a high official. This unique structure does not distinguish itself with lavish portal and rich decorations. Each guest of Khiva has a unique opportunity to plunge into the genuine history of the ancient Central Asian city. There is a tall minaret next to Djuma mosque, which is the first building of such type in entire Khiva.

Islam-Khodja Madrassah and Minaret

Islam-Khdja Madrassah and Minaret is a contradiction in one ensemble. Islam-Khodja minaret is considered as the tallest minaret in Khiva, but madrassah of this ensemble is the smallest one. It was constructed in 1919 under the leadership of Islam-Khodja. This monument is obviously one of the most beautiful in Khiva.

Madrassah of Muhammad Amin-Khan

Madrassah of Muhammad Amin-khan is one of the biggest madrassahs of Khiva. The majestic portals of this madrassah are decorated with five domes. There are 125 rooms for rest (khuzhr) inside the building that accommodate over 200 students. Madrassah was built in 1854 by the order of Muhammad Amin-khan.

Palace of Nurullah-Bai

The Palace of Nurullah-bai is unique for its mix of styles: it combines the traditional architecture of Khiva and European trends. The palace is situated on the territory of Dishan-kala (outer city). It was built by the order of Muhammad-Rakhim-khan II for his sone in 1912

Madrassah of Shirgazi-Khan

Madrassah of Shirgazi-khan is dated back to 1726. It is built in the center of Itchan-Kala, not far from Mausoleum of Pakhlavan-Makhmud. The prisoners of Shergazi-khan were involved in the construction, who eventually killed him. Despite of this, the madrassah was still built. Not only the local students were educated there, but also guests from the neighboring countries.

Thash-hauli palace

Thash-hauli palace is one of the most visited monuments of Khiva. Obviously, this sightseeing can be named as one of the best architectural monuments of the XIX-th century. The translation of Tash-hauli Palace means “Stone yard”. It consists of three parts: the residence of khans, court place and the hall of reception. The Tash-hauli Palace was built during the reign of Allakuli-khan and it used to be a center for social and political life.

Kalta-Minor Minaret

Kalta-Minor Minaret is a noble architectural monument of Khiva. It was built in the XIX-th century by the best masters of the ruler Mukhammad Amin-Khan. The translation of it means “short tower”. It is unique because it is considered as incomplete. There are a number of legends proving this. According to one legend, the head architect was invited to Bukhara to build the same structure. The khan of Khiva discovered it and counted it as a betrayal. He ordered to kill the master. The architect managed to escape. Thus Kalta-Minor could not be completed. The diameter of minaret is 14 meters. Its height is 26 meters.