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A very long drive

Up bright and early to start our 7 hours bus ride towards Khiva. As soon as we left Bukhara and headed further into the desert the road became terrible! The road was similar to driving up an old creek bed in a vehicle with no shocks! This lasted for about two hours and it was impossible to sleep or read! The roads in Uzbekistan outside the main cities are very poor and slow going. Ultimately, we got onto a new stretch of divided highway, and this lasted us nearly to Khiva, when the road once again became very poor.
We stopped at restaurant out in the middle of nowhere for lunch. The food was quite good and we enjoyed one of the national dishes called Lagman Soup. Then it was back on the bus for a few more hours before arriving in Khiva.
Khiva is 2,500 years old and is famous for its long and brutal history as a Silk Road slave trading post. Khiva is sandwiched in between the vast Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts.
Our hotel is nearly new, in a complex alongside a brand-new train station. After settling into our hotel room we walk into the perfectly preserved medieval walled town called Ichon-Qala. Inside the wall there are dozens of mosques, madrasas and mausoleums. After viewing the town from a spot high on the city walls, we had a traditional dinner and entertainment from some Uzbek musicians and dancers.

View from the town wall
From the town wall
Town wall in background
View from town wall of Ichon-Qala

Mantis a Uzbekistan dumpling
Evening entertainment

Posted by Jimpat 06:36

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