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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