Ayaz Kala, Ancient KhorezmAyaz Kala, Ancient Khorezm

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    Ayaz Kala is one of the most famous desert citadels. It is regionaly famous. But so singular.
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Ayaz is an amazing fortress located on three levels on the eastern side of the Sultanuizdag mountain ridge. Maybe the most impressive fortress among the "Ancient Khorezm 50 fortresses"...

My experience, Explo description: 

The biggest fortress is built on the top of a hill overlooking the vast Amu Darya plain. It is the oldest part of the fortress.
Down the hill stands the palace of "King Afrig", from where a suspension bridge was supposed to led up to a close rock, where it still remains a little citadel that once protected the palace.
These buildings were used as a fortress aiming at providing shelter to the numerous population of the fertile plains till the Arabs invaded the place at the 7th century.

From the top of the walls you can see 20km (SW) the Toprak Kala fortress. Then, have a look (E) to Kul Kala (5km) and Kirkiz Kala (10km).

For the most courageous ones, go to have a swim at the lake (2km north)

My personal recommendations: 

Get there at the sunset. The sight is amazing.
Have a drink or a night at Yurt camp laying down the fortress : ayazkala [at] newmail [dot] ru, or 8 361 532 43 61, 8 361 585 19 98.
This is the only hotel in the neighbourhood !

How getting there: 

Get a taxi from Khiva or Ourgench. 60 dollars for a 1/2 day trip to the fortresses.

A tip to sleep: 

You can stay in Khiva or at Ayaz Kala Yurt camp.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Free

Visit duration: 

1h

Entry fees: 

Free