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Khiva, Uzbekistan: Crowned the 2024 Tourism Capital of the Islamic World

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to Khiva, Uzbekistan, the vibrant hub of Islamic tourism in 2024!

Tucked within ancient walls, Khiva is a hidden gem bursting with cultural wonders just waiting to be explored. Recently crowned as the 2024 Tourism Capital of the Islamic World by the esteemed Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), this recognition underscores Khiva's profound cultural significance and its role as a beacon of Islamic heritage.

The ancient city is gearing up to offer visitors a year-long extravaganza of festivities and events celebrating its rich heritage and unmatched hospitality.

Dive into a Cultural Wonderland:

Prepare to be whisked away into a world of excitement and tradition as you step into Khiva's historical quarter, the Ichan Qala UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here's just a taste of the thrilling events waiting for you:

  • Navruz Celebrations (21 March): Join the lively festivities of Navruz, the Persian-Turkic New Year, as the streets of Ichan Qala come alive with music, dance, and puppeteers from the State Puppet Theatre of Khorezm. Don't forget to try sumalak, a sweet treat with ancient roots!

  • Lazgi International Dance Festival (25-30 April): Lose yourself in the mesmerizing movements of folk dancers clad in vibrant costumes, creating a kaleidoscope of color against the backdrop of Khiva's monuments.

  • Pahlavon Mahmud Strongmen Games (7-9 June): Marvel at the incredible feats of strength as international strongmen compete in a series of adrenaline-pumping challenges near the legendary mausoleum of Pahlavon Mahmud.

  • Melon Festival (12-18 August): Indulge your taste buds in the juicy sweetness of Khiva's famous melons, or join the festivities of the Pomegranate Harvest Festival (19-20 October) for a tangy twist!

  • Bollywood Extravaganza (5-6 October): Experience the magic of Bollywood as Khiva transforms into a cinematic wonderland, celebrating Holi and Diwali amidst the ancient streets.

  • International Pilgrimage Tourism Week (2-6 November): Embark on a spiritual journey through Khiva's sacred sites, exploring centuries of history and architectural marvels.

  • Food and Crafts Festival (8-10 November): Treat yourself to culinary delights and unique souvenirs at Khiva's festival of food and crafts, showcasing the best of Khorezm's flavors and craftsmanship.

Where to Stay in Style

Experience the charm and comfort of Khiva's accommodations, ranging from boutique hotels to historic guesthouses:

  • Hotel Bankir Khiva: Discover personalized hospitality at this brand new boutique gem just outside Ichan Qala, owned by the charismatic Timothy Go - a media and news personality in Singapore and his business partner, Khiva born Muhammadali Erkinov. The hotel was recently awarded's Guest Review Award for outstanding world-class service and hospitality.

  • Hotel Farovon Khiva: Luxuriate in 5-star luxury at the first of its kind outside Tashkent, offering a blend of Uzbek and international cuisine to tantalize your taste buds.

  • Historic Guesthouses: Immerse yourself in history at converted madrassas turned heritage hotels like Orient Star, Muso Tora, and Feruzkhan Hotel.

Practical Tips for Your Adventure

Reach Khiva via Urgench International Airport on Uzbekistan Airways, Humo Air and Centrum Airlines from Tashkent. Those traveling from Bukhara, can reach Khiva by the nostalgic traditional trains, or by car.

Get in touch with Go Anywhere Tour International for all your travel arrangements.

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