MUYNAK DAYTRIP. Start and finishes in Khiva

Explore former Aral Sea Port City - Muynak and famous Art Gallery!

ROUTE:     Khiva -> Chilpik Kala -> Nukus Art Museum -> Mizdakhan Necropolis  -> Aral Sea Museum -> Muynak Ship Cemetery -> Khiva 
DAYTRIP DETAILS:     Daytrip Duration is 14-16 hours;     Driving time is 10-12 hours;     Driving Distance is 810 km.
INCLUDED:     Brand new cars, fuel and a good driver with basic English & Russian   
EXCLUDED:     Entrance tickets of the sites, meals and etc.
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It is about 90 minutes to drive to the first place – Chilpik Kala. It is a Dakhma or Tower of Silence which was used by people of the Zoroastrian faith for exposure of the dead. The bodies were laid out under the open sky for the birds to eat. When the bones were cleared, families collected them and placed them in clay or stone ossuaries for burial. The building was originally constructed in the first centuries CE but saw a phase of rebuilding in the 7th - 8th centuries and again in the 9th - 10th centuries. It is a circular high-walled enclosure on an isolated peak overlooking the Amudarya River…

It is about 40 minutes to drive from Chilpik Kala to Nukus Art Museum. You are advised to spend 2-3 hours there. The Karakalpak State Museum of Art named after Igor Savitsky, also houses a world-famous collection of Russian and Soviet avant-garde paintings. The collection was assembled by an eccentric Ukrainian artist who had been invited to come and work in Nukus…

It is recommended to have a lunch in Nukus City after visiting Nukus Art Museum.

The next place called Mizdakhan Necropolis. Usually 1 hour will be enough to discover the large complex. Complex first established in the Early Antique period and reoccupied extensively in the medieval period, up to the 14th century. Medieval Mizdakhan was mentioned by Persian historians and the writings of the Arab geographers in the 10th century. The various monuments are sited on and between three small hills and the complex have a number of sectors including a citadel, an outer town and a necropolis. The oldest settlement was established on the west hill around the 4th century BCE.

The last place to visit and the most interesting part of the day is Muynak Ship Cemetery and Aral Sea History Museum located in the same place. You can get lots of information about the Aral Sea in this small museum. In details, for many years the town of Muynak was a bustling fishing port, lying on the banks of the abundant Aral Sea. At the time, the Aral Sea was the 4th largest inland salt sea in the world. But the need for water to support cotton farming led to irrigation of the two river systems that supplied the Aral Sea. The residents of Muynak once made their living by fishing on the Aral Sea. But for decades the sea has been decreasing in size and volume. Fishing boats were abandoned in the sand that was once the seafloor, businesses closed their doors, and the residents had to relocate in order to find work…

After visiting Muynak Ship Cemetery, it is about 5-6 hours to drive back to Khiva or Urgench, We may drop you off in Urgench Airport, Urgench / Khiva Train Station or in your hotel both in Khiva or Urgench at the end of the trip.
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Price of the "MUYNAK DAYTRIP"

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For a Sedan type of car

$79

1-3 Passengers with 1-3 Luggages

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For an SUV (Chevrolet Captiva)

$199

1-4 Passengers with 1-4 Luggages

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For a Minivan (Hyundai Starex, Hyundai H-1)

$289

1-7 Passengers with 1-7 Luggages

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For a Minibus (Toyota Hiace, Foton View)

$329

1-12 Passengers with 1-12 Luggages

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For a Bus (Yutong, Foton)

$989

1-45 Passengers with 1-45 Luggages

Address

Khiva, Zargarlar 60, 
Postal code 220900
Krorezm Region, Uzbekistan

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