Ancient City Of Khiva
Trip Start Oct 11, 2011
22Trip End Oct 31, 2011
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The hotel was absolutely gorgeous and the view was stunning. At about two o'clock we started off on the tour, beginning with a brief history of the Koujand Empire. Khiva was the capital city before it's annexing by the Russian empire in1873 during The Great Game, the name given by British intelligence officer Arther Conolly for the British and Russian strategic rivalry of the time. We headed through the gates of the old city to view the Djuma Mosque and Itchen Kala. As impressed as I was with the architecture and restoration, Mohamed was less please, taking the stance that they should leave the monuments to show their age with time and not to be glossed over with new paint.
As night fell, I snapped some pictures as i headed to the hotel to unload souvenirs before heading right back for dinner at the Khorizim Art Restaurant. The food was good but selection was lacking.
Following a wonderful breakfast in the hotel, joined by a busload of Israeli tourists, Saddadrine readied the car for our departure.
The drive out of Khiva to Bukhara was nothing less than painful. Three hundred fifty kilometers too over ten hours of nonstop driving. Uzbekistan is currently revamping this major highway, and in the meantime the alternative route is comparable to a rally course.
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