Khiva - Day 5
Updated: Jun 19, 2020
Khiva is magnificent. We started the day with a walking tour of the city. It’s enormous and beautiful with its minarets, palaces, harem and schools. The photos tell the story much better than I can articulate. Every corner was a new photo-opportunity, every street reeked of history. By the time the tour finished at 1pm the temperature had risen to 30 degrees and we were glad enough to visit a restaurant for a large pot of green tea. To my surprise, these central Asian countries don’t have a coffee tradition. They are staunch tea drinkers. Fortunately I like green tea, and on a day as hot as this it’s very refreshing. We were joined mid-morning by the two we had left at the Turkmenistan border. Apparently they’d managed the entire crossing in only half an hour! We are off again early tomorrow morning en-route to Bukhara. It will be a full days drive, but we’re clean, our clothes freshly laundered and the dust of bush-camps has been brushed off. We’re all good to go.