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Golden hour in Khiva
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A breathtaking desert sunset

Find one of the special spots in Itchan Kala to enjoy the end of your day and watch the sun set.

Among the various spots to watch the sunset in Khiva or Itchan Kala, one of the best is Kunha Ark and its watchtower. The complex is interesting enough in itself - built in the 12th century, Kunha Ark is a magnificent citadel which used to be the residence of Khiva's rulers. With a large wall and imposing door, it's quite easy to find.

Once inside, have a look through the inner domain. With an open-air throne room and a mosque beautifully painted in white and blue patterns, Kunha Ark’s insides are a sight to behold. The citadel is even said to be one of the best architectural wonders of the city. From the throne room of Kunha Ark, you can find the stairs which will guide you to the top of the watchtower where you will find one of the best spots in Khiva to watch the sunset: a panoramic view on top of the 10-metre-high tower.

Sunset over the Khiva landscape © Zuyet Awarmatik / Unsplash
Sunset over the Khiva landscape © Zuyet Awarmatik / Unsplash

With Itchan Kala on full 360-degree display, you can look over the magnificent buildings on the horizon and watch the sunset, in what may be the most peaceful moment from Itchan Kala.


A breathtaking desert sunset


Opening one hours before sunset and closing one hour after sunset.


Kunha Ark entrance fee is included in the Itchan Kala ticket. An additional 2 USD fee is required to climb the Watchtower.