Archaeological researches reveal that this historical city is almost 2,500 years old. Khiva in Uzbekistan is characterized by historical monuments. To preserve the original flavor of the city, keeping its historical monuments intact UNESCO has included it in the World Heritage list. The beautiful architecture of Khiva is amazing.
One of the main tourist attractions of Khiva is the Djuma mosque. The mosque has been reconstructed at the end of the 18th century. It is based on a typical Oriental style of architecture. The Djuma mosque in Khiva is a unique single floor building without any portals, arches and domes. There are 213 beautiful wooden carved columns. The Muhammad Amin-Khan madrasah is one of the largest madrasah's in Khiva. Majolica tiles with plant ornaments enhance the ornamental beauty of this building. Cemetries and masoleums form and integral part of this city.
Khiva at Uzbekistan was one of the largest center of international trade and a part of the Great Silk Road. Traders from Povoljye, India and Iran arrived here and departed in caravans for middle east, eastern Turkestan and China.
Several hotels in Khiva provide accommodation to the leisure tourists who come to visit this magical city. Some of the popular hotels are the Hotel Aziza Khiva, Hotel Mallika Khiva, Hotel Mallika Khorezm and Hotel Shaherezada Khiva.
Travelers are spell bound by the beauty of this magical and mystical city. Khiva in Uzbekistan is sometimes referred to as an architectural museum under the open sky.