Khiva, the ancient oasis town

Sudha Mahalingam

 

Colourful ceramic tiles embellish the dun coloured architecture, breathing life into the structures. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
A map of Khiva in the museum. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Tile designs on the wall of the Summer Mosque in Khuna Ark. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The streets are populated by traders enticing you with stunning ceramics and bric-a-brac. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
A medallion depicting a warrior in the Khiva museum. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The walled city of Ichan Kala. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Another view of Ichan Kala. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The minaret of Juma Mosque. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Well-preserved Khiva viewed from atop a minaret. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The fortress of Kunya ark, or old citadel. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The entire town has a feel of being an artificial construct, a sprawling museum under the open skies. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
A cobbled street.
The entrance to Kalta Minar. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The Islam Khodja Madrasah. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The imposing gates of Kunha Ark. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Museum of music, Khiva.
Uzbek women in traditional gowns and headscarves. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The contemplative statue of Al Khwarizmi at the square in the town centre of Ichan Kala. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
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