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The "Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm", definitely worth a visit

The desert fortresses of ancient Khorezm lie mostly in Karakalpakstan and the area's traditional... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Adele M
Milan, Italy
Custom made for fans of castles in remote locations

If you are a fan of fantasy video games, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, then this is the place... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
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3 weeks ago
“The "Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm", definitely worth a visit”
11 Nov 2017
“Custom made for fans of castles in remote locations”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Kyzyl Kum Desert, Urgench, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The desert fortresses of ancient Khorezm lie mostly in Karakalpakstan and the area's traditional name gives a stark indication of what lies beneath the desert sands.To explore the fortresses properly you will need a bit of time, as there is quite some distance between them....More

Thank Adele M
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

After visiting Ayaz Kala, it’s normal to feel that you dont like this place much as you just encountered the greatness of Ayaz Kala! Entrance fee is required also here for 4,000 som. Go to Janpik Kala also if you have a chance. It is...More

Thank Andromedra
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Quite a lot of walls still remain. This is in stark contrast to the magnificent buildings of ancient Uzbekistan and to beautiful intricately decorated Madrassas and mausoleums. But perhaps that is why this place is interesting. Whether it is worth subjecting yourself to pain and...More

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Reviewed 11 November 2017

If you are a fan of fantasy video games, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, then this is the place for you. For complete info on all the 8 fortresses in this area please read my other review of the Ayaz Kala, which also applies...More

Thank wvzjxq
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Still lots of traces of walls and mud bricks that allow a vision of where rooms and streets used to be. Amazing to think of how old this is. A magnificent view from the top. High above the desert floor but not to difficult to...More

Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I forgot to add this to my reviews since we visited in April 2015, but little would have changed since then. We visited several desert castles between Nukus and Khiva, a trip lasting 7 hours along atrocious roads. Toprak Kale has been excavated, the main...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Ancient castle is still impressive, some parts are in good condition. Not far from Ayzqala, other castle on the way between Nukus and Khiva.

Thank Kamol Y
Reviewed 23 October 2015

If you have difficulty walking, this fortress is a good bit easier to enter than Ayaz Kala. This is another 2000+ year old fort. Somewhat restored, once you are up there, you can see the difference between the officers' area and the soldiers' part.

Thank Frank W
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Truly curious ruins of a once magnificent fortress. It might be inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list once so it's really worth seeing. However it's better to be visited with someone local who knows where it's located as it's quite in the middle of nowhere.

Thank Tina Q
Reviewed 15 June 2015

On our way from Khiva to Nukus we visited Toprak Kala. You need a car because it Is a little in the middle of nowhere. From far we saw a large hill in the landscape and when we arrived, we could imagine why it is...More

Thank MarcelTraveller
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