Kyrkyz Kala fortress, TermezKyrkyz Kala fortress, Termez

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A very well conserved abandoned fortress...

My experience, Explo description: 

Kyrkyz Kala means : "the fortress of the 40 women"... Thus, many legends are attached to that fortress. Now, this is a peaceful place, habited by sheep herds and herdsmen.
This fortress is composed by 50 rooms.
Some archaeologist say it served as a country residency for the Samanid dynasty during the 9th and 10th centuries.

This fortress is interesting because it mixes both pre and post islamic architectural styles. Moreover, it is quite well preserved, and its murals have been shortly restored.

The murals are about 50m long. Inside the fortress, you will find many rooms and corridors, settled around a main central square and a 6 copula mosque. Nowadays, you can still easily observe that all the buildings inside the fortress were 2 storeys high.

My personal recommendations: 

From Samarkand, you can rent a taxi with a driver for 2 days to go to Termez. Might be really useful cause you will need a car once you are at Termez to visit all the places around. Total price for 2 days : 100 euros.

How getting there: 

The site is about 8km (N) from Termez, close to the Airport.
Whatever many guides might say, getting to Termez is not so complicated. Unfortunately, not many buses and trains are getting there. 3 direct flights to Tashkent every day. Taxi from Samarkand (single way : 40euros : 7h drive...).

A tip to sleep: 

You can stay in Termez.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

0.5h.

Entry fees: 

Free.