Hotel Khorezm Palace
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After almost 2 weeks of visiting the nonetheless impressive and beautiful buildings in the 3 Silk Road cities, a day trip into the desert was a welome change. The Kizilkum desert in the northern part of Uzbekistan is were these ancient castles emerged between the 7the century BC and the 12th century BC. Some of them were merely ruins, but we did manage to climb on high remaints of mudbrick walls. A very nice day out. We loved it! ...
... new cookie cutter developments line the main road into town but Khiva itself is not much different from many towns in Uzbekistan, dusty lanes lead off the paved artery through town in to maze of back streets where mud brick houses and courtyards with few fruit trees and animal pins is the norm. After 30 minutes we approached the tall city walls around Ichon Qala and the Ferris wheel.
... is known as the Golden Ring. We set off driving into the desert to reach the first fortress before it got dark. About 40km in and our car broke down. After much discussion about what it could be, including talk of having to rebuild the engine, and a quick tow to the nearest town, they realised the car had run out of petrol. The cars here run on petrol and diesel so you fill both tanks up then select and switch between what you want to run on. We ...
Intoxicated and hungry, Prince Channing, Lili and I arrived into Khiva. The Prince couldn't hold his liquor well, therefore giving me yet another thing to worry about. Khiva was a city whom also practiced Islam, and thus, if they knew Channing, the Prince of Kashgar, was intoxicated, they would be entirely disturbed. The Prince could not come off as a sinner. Nevertheless, he continued praising the emir who was untiringly taking care of law and order ...
Through the border with the minimum of fuss, lots of checking and stamping but no hassle. Goodbye to our Turkmen guide and hello to our Uzbek guide.
Straight away there is a change, the irrigation seems better, lots of green, cheerful people and better roads. Donkeys and vines everywhere.
Our hotel in within the city wall at Khiva and the view from the hotel steps is exceptional.