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Impressive desert fortress but beware of entrance fee scam from the yurt camp

Fortress 1 is pretty impressive in terms of scale and the view you get of fortress no. 2 and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TimFP
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Singapore
Tricky access, spiritual place

Definitely a place for those who find spirituality in old Zarathustra beliefs. It’s situated in the... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Lovetotraveldubai
,
cyprus
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Ellikqala District of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fortress 1 is pretty impressive in terms of scale and the view you get of fortress no. 2 and the surroundings is grand. You really need to read up on the history (free information is available from the Unesco nomination documents) or have an English...More

Thank TimFP
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Definitely a place for those who find spirituality in old Zarathustra beliefs. It’s situated in the middle of nowhere, a bit of an uphill hike in the middle of the day in the scorching sun. Tricky access to the actual fort but doable. Good views...More

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

This fortress is unrestored. There are 2 of them in this location. For those who want to play Indiana Jones or are fans of Lord of the Rings, this fortress will give you that feeling of discovery and adventure. Better to stay at the yurt...More

Thank wvzjxq
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I reached there around 3pm, rested a bit and then went to visit fortress 1. From there you can see fortress 2. They are both amazing... standing on these 2000 years old fortress gave me an indescribable feeling. The starry night in the desert also...More

Thank Chua X
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

A group trip so small coach to the middle of the desert then a short hike through sand dunes and a scramble up some rocks. Amazing views across the desert and an unexpected amount of this old fort remaining. Yurt camp nearby provided lunch and...More

Thank stevieblooz
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

I forgot to review this as part of our tour of the desert forts between Nukus and Khiva which we visited in April 2015, but little will have changed since then. These 3 fortresses were created to guard the oasis and fertile plain of the...More

1  Thank Rod F
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If you have more then a day in Khiva, then it is worth to visit the castle. Do not forget good shoes, also suncreen. Better to have a lunchbox from Khiva.

Thank Kamol Y
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

Being out here in the barren landscape with nothing around for miles and miles is a liberating feeling. The actual fortress is now basically the remains of the walls and an imagination will be required to envisage what it would have been like thousands of...More

Thank jonbennison
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Reviewed 28 November 2015

Probably the most impressive of the smattering of desert forts in Ancient Khorezm is this group of three complexes located just above the same-named Yurt camp (see separate review). We spent maybe 45 minutes traversing the walls and interior before returning to the camp. My...More

1  Thank midway42
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

To get here, you drive through agricultural lands, which are interesting in themselves. Then into the desert to the fortresses. We thought the climb to the fortress would be difficult, but it wasn't, and we are glad we went up. Over 2000 years old!

Thank Frank W
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