Malika Khiva Hotel
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... them for you". I asked if there was a place where I could wash my grapes and immediately they were whisked away and returned semi-clean on a China plate from the dining car.
Our beds had gold covers and neatly fluffed up pillows. Under the bottom bed is large container for luggage.
... Qala and the bit inside the outer walls Dishon-Qala. With the exception of one infrequently visited palace Dishon-Qala doesn't figure in this tale, that's Uzbekistan, remote from its capital. That means broken roads and pavements, holes in the pavement big enough to fall down, litter and rubbish everywhere.
Inside Ichon-Qala there is a Main Street which runs from the West Gate (where you buy your nearly-all-inclusive entry ticket) to the East ...
... was also a center of Zoroastrianism,one of the first monotheistic religions, which was also very tolerant and coexisted with other faiths. The Khiva mosque was originally a place of Zoroastrian worship ( their god was in fire/light), until the Arabs brought Islam.
There was a lot of entertainment here, some presented for tourists, like a little family trapeze performance, and some just the ...
... the city and the people who live within its tall 10 metre protective walls.
Ladies were washing their rugs in the street; kids were playing; people were riding around on their bikes; people starting the day. From what I could see inside people’s houses; they were ornate and pristine. It shows that with little money and lots of care a house can be a palace. Some people grew crops inside the city and some people even kept livestock in small mud made ...
The border crossing took us around three hours. It seemed slow in the heat but the officials were pleasant enough. Entering Uzbekistan, things I noticed were: paddy fields; lots of irrigation channels; two storey buildings; children shouting and waving by the side of the road.
Very soon we were in Khiva: a sight to behold. I think the photos will say it all tomorrow. I went to the supermarket and had an early ...