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Three fortressess near Khiva / Urgench

Well worth a visit if you have 5-7 hours free in Khiva. You may find a driver who after visit of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lodz, Poland
The "Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm", definitely worth a visit

The desert fortresses of ancient Khorezm lie mostly in Karakalpakstan and the area's traditional... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Adele M
Milan, Italy
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4 days ago
“Three fortressess near Khiva / Urgench”
30 Aug 2018
“The "Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm", definitely worth a visit”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Kyzyl Kum Desert, Urgench, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth a visit if you have 5-7 hours free in Khiva. You may find a driver who after visit of Ayaz Kala, Toprak Kala and Kyzyl Kala will take you to the Urgench airport for the evening flight to Tashkent or Bukhara. There are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

The desert fortresses of ancient Khorezm lie mostly in Karakalpakstan and the area's traditional name gives a stark indication of what lies beneath the desert sands.To explore the fortresses properly you will need a bit of time, as there is quite some distance between them....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Adele M
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

After visiting Ayaz Kala, it’s normal to feel that you dont like this place much as you just encountered the greatness of Ayaz Kala! Entrance fee is required also here for 4,000 som. Go to Janpik Kala also if you have a chance. It is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Andromedra
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Quite a lot of walls still remain. This is in stark contrast to the magnificent buildings of ancient Uzbekistan and to beautiful intricately decorated Madrassas and mausoleums. But perhaps that is why this place is interesting. Whether it is worth subjecting yourself to pain and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Reviewed 11 November 2017

If you are a fan of fantasy video games, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, then this is the place for you. For complete info on all the 8 fortresses in this area please read my other review of the Ayaz Kala, which also applies...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank wvzjxq
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Still lots of traces of walls and mud bricks that allow a vision of where rooms and streets used to be. Amazing to think of how old this is. A magnificent view from the top. High above the desert floor but not to difficult to...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I forgot to add this to my reviews since we visited in April 2015, but little would have changed since then. We visited several desert castles between Nukus and Khiva, a trip lasting 7 hours along atrocious roads. Toprak Kale has been excavated, the main...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Rod F
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Ancient castle is still impressive, some parts are in good condition. Not far from Ayzqala, other castle on the way between Nukus and Khiva.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Kamol Y
Reviewed 22 October 2015

If you have difficulty walking, this fortress is a good bit easier to enter than Ayaz Kala. This is another 2000+ year old fort. Somewhat restored, once you are up there, you can see the difference between the officers' area and the soldiers' part.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Frank W
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Truly curious ruins of a once magnificent fortress. It might be inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list once so it's really worth seeing. However it's better to be visited with someone local who knows where it's located as it's quite in the middle of nowhere.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Tina Q
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