The Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm II

Ellik Qala Tour - Kyzyl Qala, Tuprak Qala, Ayaz Qala, Kirkkyz Qala, Janbas Qala, Koy-Kyrylgan Qala and Guldursun Qala

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 seven Old Castles.

Ellik Qala Tour Duration: 1 day (8-10 hours)
Ellik Qala Tour Itinerary: Khiva⇒Kyzyl Qala⇒Tuprak Qala⇒Ayaz Qala-Kirkkyz Qala⇒Janbas Qala⇒Koy Kyrylgan Qala⇒Guldursun Qala⇒Khiva (280 km)

Ellik Qala Tour - Seven Old Castles Tour Itinerary:

08:00 Start your tour "The Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm" - Seven Old Castles of Ellik Qala.

Visit Kyzyl Qala (Red Fortress) - The fortress is located 27 km from Beruni town. The total area of the fortress Kyzyl Qala 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 Qala drive to Tuprak Qala - a ground a fortress. Tuprak Qala 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 Qala (Fortress in the wind). Ayaz Qala 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.

Visit Kirkkyz Qala (Fortress of Forty Virgins) - The sizes of the fortress Kirkkyz is 65х63 meters, it was located on the flat district. The external wall possessed two circles with arrow-shaped loopholes. According to researchers, the fortress was erected to protect northeast borders of ancient Khoresm. Archeologists found the burials made on a ceremony of ancient fire worshippers in a site of ancient settlement. Bones of the person were laid in ceramic jugs – huma, the heads of the woman having a form. This fortress was those times a trade place of the Great Silk Road.

Visit Janbas Qala -  a frontier fortress in the south-eastern border of ancient Khoresm. Janbas Qala is located on the way to Turtkul. It is a showy and fascinating ruins on the slope, with a view to old horn of Amudarya. The fortress has a rectangular shape of 200 to 170 meters and it is quite accurately oriented to corners of the earth.

Drive to Koy Kyrylgan Qala. The clay construction of the Fortress was enormous. Diameter of the central building was 42 m, height in the best remained part was about 8 m, the diameter of the whole construction - about 90 m.

Visit Guldursun Qala. Guldursun Qala is a relative latecomer as it was built in the XII-XIII centuries. It is also one of the region's largest fortresses with slightly over 1 kilometer of perimeter walls bounding an area of about 6.4 hectares.

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 — Kirkkyz Kala — Janbas Kala — Koy Kyrylgan Kala — Guldursun Kala — Khiva (280 km)

55 USD in total 95 USD in total
Price includes
  • Transportation service during the tour
Optional services
  • Guide services - 45 USD per group

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