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Golden hour in Khiva

Breathtaking desert sunset from a prime vantage point

An exclusive moment to enjoy the end of your day with a view of historic Khiva from Itchan Kala.

Among the different spots to watch the sunset in Khiva and in Itchan Kala, Kunha Ark and its watchtower stand as inescapable. Kunha Ark itself is a magnificent citadel which used to be the residence of Khiva's rulers. Built in the 12th century but pursued later by the khans, Kuhna Ark is easily findable with its large wall and imposing door, a sure way to not miss it.

With an open-hair throne room and an open-air Summer 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-meters high tower.

Sunset in Uzbekistan
Sunset in Uzbekistan

With Itchan Kala on full 360 degree display other magnificent buildings nestled on the horizon, watching the sunset from the Ark Watchtower will probably ingrain itself in your memory as the most peaceful moment from Itchan Kala.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.


Breathtaking desert sunset from a prime vantage point


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.