The Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm

Ellik Kala Tour - Kyzyl Kala, Tuprak Kala and Ayaz Kala

Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm consists of following: Toprak Qala, Ayaz Qala, Koy-Kirilgan Qala, Big Guldursun fortress, Pil Qala, Anka Qala, Kurgashin Qala and Djanbas Qala.

The UNESCO-protected Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm are becoming very popular destination in Uzbekistan among the tourists. Take your unusual Golden Ring Day Tour to three Old Castles.

Ellik Kala Tour Duration: 1 day (6-8 hours)
Ellik Kala Tour Itinerary: Khiva⇒Kyzyl Kala⇒Tuprak Kala⇒Ayaz Kala⇒Khiva (190 km)

Ellik Kala Tour - Three Old Castles Tour Itinerary:

08:00 Start your tour "The Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm" - Three Old Desert Castles of Ellik Kala.

Visit Kyzyl Kala (Red Fortress) - The fortress is located 27 km from Beruni town. The total area of the fortress Kyzyl Kala is 65х63 meters. The ancient structure was built as a defensive fortress and was part of a chain of Khorezm fortifications, created by the state for protection of north-east borders of ancient Khorezm. The fortress’ walls were 8 meters thick.

After exploring Kyzyl Kala drive to Tuprak Kala - a ground a fortress. Tuprak Kala castle is a rectangular structure with dimensions of 500 x 350 meters. The total length of the perimeter walls is more than a kilometer, and the height reaches 8-9 meters in some places. The castle was severely damaged. Only the south-east corner is well preserved.

Drive to Ayaz Kala (Fortress in the wind). Ayaz Kala is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Kyzylkum Desert. The fortress remained unfinished and it never became habitable. The fortress has a rectangular shape with dimensions of 152x182 meters. Along the perimeter of the outside, the wall surrounds 35 unfinished towers in the form of a semicircle. The surviving fragments of double-row outer walls are at the base of slightly more than 2 meters. A two-level corridor between them with a width of 2,5 meters, also remained.

Drive back to Khiva. End of the tour.

Tour Price for 2019-2020

Type of vehicle Sedan car with a/c
(Chevrolet Cobalt 2016)
Minivan with a/c
(Hyundai Grand Starex 2016)
Recommended number of people 1-3 4-6
Khiva — Kyzyl Kala — Tuprak Kala —
Ayaz Kala — Khiva (190 km)
45 USD in total 85 USD in total
Price includes
  • Transportation service during the tour
Optional services
  • Guide services - 45 USD per group

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