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Fortress in Elliq-Qala


Impressive mud-walled Ayaz-Qala, located 23km north of Boston (Bustan), is actually a complex of three forts. Its heyday was the 6th and 7th centuries. From the car park walk up to the large hilltop ruins and then h…
Fort in Elliq-Qala

Toprak Qala

This fort about 10km west of Boston was the main temple complex of the Khorezm kings who ruled this area in the 3rd and 4th centuries. The many rooms of the main corner palace are still clear and you can just make o…
Fort in Elliq-Qala

Guldursun Qala

Guldursun Qala was built as early as the 1st century, but reached a high point in the 12th century under the Khorezmshahs. Walk through the main eastern gate and along parts of the large city walls to the northeaste…
Fort in Elliq-Qala

Janbas Qala

The unique fortification walls here are punctured by hundreds of arrow slits and once garrisoned 2000 soldiers. The site overlooks an old branch of the Amu-Darya.
Nature Reserve in Elliq-Qala

Badai-Tugai Nature Reserve

This reserve is a tugai (trees, shrubs and salt-resistant plants unique to Central Asia) forest that's home to 91 bird species and 21 mammal species. It's just off the main road about 60km north of Urgench and is be…
Fort in Elliq-Qala

Koy Krylgan Qala

The oldest, most remarkable and most difficult-to-pronounce fort in Elliq-Qala is circular Koy Krylgan Qala, which archaeologists believe doubled as a temple and observatory complex. It was in use as early as the 4t…