Khiva | Time Travel to Uzbekistan’s Silk Road


You’re watching Vagabrothers, and this is Uzbekistan. I’m Alex. I’m Marko, and you are watching Vagabrothers. And right now we’re exploring the museum city, Khiva. Alright guys, welcome to Khiva, or as locals pronounce it Khiva. This is a museum city because it’s basically a walled pedestrian city that was actually the first place listed as an Unesco World Heritage Site here in Uzbekistan. Everything was founded in the 6th century, but it’s extremely well preserved. There’re basically no new buildings here. Staying overnight here gives you the opportunity to feel what it would have been like way back in the day. One of the first things that I’ve noticed is that there are lots of mosques, lots of minarets, lots of madrasahs, and lots of fur hats for sale. I’ve never seen so many fur hats. To be perfectly honest with you, last night we found ourselves in the hotel with these Japanese guidebook writers. Don’t blame it on them. No, it’s totally us. We proceeded to put away three bottles of vodka, far too many. Oh my god, so we’re all pretty rough this morning, and we’re going to punctuate this trip with a stop in the tea room. The tea here in Uzbekistan is actually really nice. It’s a black tea, but they put lemon in it, fresh lemon and sugar, and It tastes really, really good. It’s kind of like almost like a tonic, but I really enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite things so far about the tea. It’s pretty cool. One of the things that I really enjoy when traveling is finding out about different musical instruments around the world. There’s such a huge array of different traditional instruments in different parts of the world, and music is one of those things that just kind of opens doors and allows you to connect with people, even though you don’t speak the same language. It’s really cool. Camels were the main way of getting around back in the day, especially this part of the world, because they’d go forever without water. The name actually comes from a well that was discovered by the son of Noah. And this was the last place to get water before you went through the desert that we just crossed through. It’s very, very far to Bukhara. It’s really dry. There’s no water, and so this was kind of like an oasis and like a rest spot. Behind us is one of the the main icons here in Khiva, it’s this minaret that’s halfway built. It would have been super big if they’d finished it, but according to the legend, they stopped building it halfway because the khan who started building it died. His son didn’t want it to get completed because it would be named after his dad, because he’s all jealous, and the other idea that people have is that he didn’t finish it because if he had, then it would have been able to see down into his harem, and only the khan gets to see his harem. To go check out what that was like, we’re going into the khan’s palace. We have made it to the top of the city walls. We’re on top of the Summer Palace. The ruler of this city had two different palaces, one for the summertime one for the winter. To be completely honest, they kind of look the same. It’s cool. It’s definitely…… It feels like time travel. We’re on this big walled city. It’s got like wattle and daub. The bricks are kind of made from mud and from straw, and it’s really interesting to be up here. We’re getting a great view of the city. We’ve been roped into many a photo with some of the locals. I think we’re kind of a tourist attraction at the moment. But when you come out to places like this that are pretty far off the beaten path, that tends to happen. Why are you putting yourself in the tree? This is the amir’s harem. It’s where the king lived along with his four eligible wives and about a couple hundred other women in what’s known as a harem. It’s kind of like an Arabic version of a bordello. But it’s more than that because the king would live here with his entire family, and the women who worked, as basically the concubines, also helped raise the children. It was everyone living together. Might have been kind of awkward for the wives, but I’m sure the amir was having a pretty good time. These are all very sumptuous and opulent. The contrast to that is that these amirs who lived here had this very fierce reputation for being brutal. And so you have like the soft side here and then the hard side that was in battle. This town in general had a reputation for being very, very wild, lawless- a place where there were marauders. There was a slave market and there was all this warfare. That kind of reputation lasted, this being like a wild west town, until the 1800s. The Russians took over; this became part of Czarist Russian Kingdom, and they kind of put more law and order on the place. These days it’s very mellow. There’s hardly a soul in the street, and there’s not much light nightlife going on. I think its wildest days are in the past, but in terms of a place to come and explore, I think this is going to see a lot more tourists very soon. Well, super fun day exploring Khiva, a beautiful city. Really like the vibe, and definitely know we’re going to see it in some movies sometime soon….. probably Game of Thrones Season 7 or Star Wars or something. Any of those fantastical, awesome, historically ambiguous places, it would be a perfect movie set. But we have one more big adventure in store here in Uzbekistan. Right now we’re in the town of Nukus, and we are going to be driving in these two four-wheel drive vehicles into what used to be the Aral Sea. If you don’t know about that, take a moment, google it. But stay tuned because this next episode is going to be awesome. Yeah, we’re going to one of the most unique places on planet earth. So, if you have not already, hit the subscribe button. Give this video a like , and stay tuned for more episodes from Vagabrothers. As we always say… stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road to the Aral Sea. Aral Sea. Let’s do it. Peace. We’ve been looking on Google Maps to just try to put into perspective where we are. I’m standing now at what used to be the bottom of the Aral Sea


100 Responses

  1. Mircea Costiniuc

    February 17, 2019 2:09 pm

    A city to visit. Wonderful buildings, color, historical stories with Tameland … I visited and I was really excited. Very nice video

  2. msmoorad123

    February 17, 2019 3:05 pm

    i collect scrap metal and all i can see when it comes to the Aral sea, is those rusty ships- decent money to be made in stripping and selling them for scrap.

  3. Rachelle Robbertse

    February 17, 2019 4:06 pm

    Kudos for still getting out there on your hangover…you're better travellers than I 😂 Seriously though, Uzbekistan looks epic!

  4. M N

    February 17, 2019 4:49 pm

    Seriously, you went over 5000 miles to a country and the best thing you can is you had the best tea and get wasted on votka? what a typical American douchebag!

  5. Sanjukta Paul

    February 17, 2019 4:50 pm

    Just on time! I am reading "A carpet ride to Khiva:Seven years on the Silk Road" and your video surfaces
    on youtube! Watching your videos is like listening to a well crafted story . Love from India.

  6. Wolters World

    February 17, 2019 4:52 pm

    Looks amazing. Nice cinematography as always. You two always have by far the best feel in your videos. Respect to your photography and video skills.

  7. yerbamatedude

    February 17, 2019 5:30 pm

    Ya its unfortunate what happened with the aral sea.. supposedly a part of it still exists on the Kazakhstan side, although it may fully erode soon

  8. Haj S

    February 17, 2019 6:40 pm

    Wow, Uzbekistan is stunning and so much history.. Definitely gotta head there soon.And there'll be ample Halal food, yay me.

  9. ҳҲ̸Ҳ̸ҳ

    February 17, 2019 10:37 pm

    Are you talking about Khans or Uzbek turks ? because Khan could only be Mongol and its also Mongolian words. Turks worked under Khan army . if one had to claim territory then they needed a khan as a leader just for the sake of it . Example – thats why Uzbek turkman Babur became leader in India after marrying a daughter of Mongolian that's why he was called gurkani .

  10. Айгерим Торгаева

    February 18, 2019 1:40 am

    Thank you for exploring Central Asia! Come visit other countries as well. Central Asian countires have a rich history ansd beautiful landscape.

  11. Oleg M-

    February 18, 2019 2:05 am

    I was born in surrounding area, but currently living in Colorado. The video should have shed more light on the topic. Few more facts: 1. Khiva is used to be a capital city of Khorezm region, which stands for thousand fortresses. There is used to be hundreds of fortresses scattered within desert and around the Oasis. 2. It is where Aryan race originated from – the race which Europeans related themselves for centuries. 3. It is where Zoroastrianism developed. It is the oldest religion in the world that is currently active.
    I blame it on vodka, though keep it up vagabrothers.

  12. Harshali Patel

    February 18, 2019 4:56 am

    Can't get the beginning music track out of my mind because it's so good and the music is so good! Is it some Uzbeck song? Or is it a song? If so, what is it?! I really want to hear the whole thing if it exists! Also desperately waiting for the next vlog, this is so beautiful, thank you for showing an off the beaten path country Uzbekistan!
    PS I love the history bits in the video that you do, especially the ones in these series because it feeds the curiosity I have about how history of the world is connected! LOVE LOVE AND SO MUCH MORE LOVE FOR YOU GUYS and TRAVELING!

  13. Malvika Baru

    February 18, 2019 12:10 pm

    Nice landscape view captured. Was expecting more comprehensive from content's perspective. Could have dived deeper into architecture and showed more of the inside and not just exterior.

    Love to watch your videos always! 🙂

  14. Dhananjay

    February 18, 2019 2:54 pm

    Just finished watching all the available Uzbek episodes … eagerly waiting for the next one. Superb cinematography and editing. Visual treat.

  15. Run The Atlas

    February 18, 2019 11:37 pm

    So dope! I love the tile work and architecture. So crazy that no one is there! Looks very undiscovered 🙌

  16. Лилия Джонсон

    February 19, 2019 2:58 am

    Как то была там это наше наследство, история,это то что то показывает мою родину в том ракусе, в котором видят другие люди, с другим менталитетом с другим восприятием, живи и процветай моя родина Узбекистан

  17. The OfficialSinger

    February 22, 2019 6:11 pm

    Hey there! After watching your such amazing Uzbekistan series, I have planned to travel Uzbekistan this summer. By the ways I am just 14. I watched your Udaipur video and I loved it. I loved Marko's Moustache….Such a nice video loved Samarkand, Bukhara And Khiva… By the ways what's that Arabian type of music used at 0:32 and that in the intro of Uzbekistan?

  18. JSM Creative Professionals

    February 22, 2019 7:23 pm

    Three words about this video – Professional, Interesting, Amazing.
    Your uzbek subscriber.

  19. Botir Nematov

    February 23, 2019 8:30 am

    @vagabrothers thank you for your visit. I'm from Uzbekistan, it's incredible country and local people are very hospitable. Old cities like Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva will take you to time travel. Also you must try local cuisine, you never gonna forget our foods. If you need help with anything you can contact with me by [email protected] Always welcome in Uzbekisan

  20. Humble Opinion

    March 1, 2019 1:41 pm

    dudes, you are the best. you are the first people who were able to show the country's true beauty. your approach to showing people what is important and what is worth seeing is what I found enticing! keep up the good job, guys!

  21. Сергей Шереметьев

    March 1, 2019 4:51 pm

    Guys, if it is all what you both did see in Khiva you saw nothing. Believe me. Khiva is most ancient and most interesting city in Uzbekistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am disappointed. (((( It was probably side effect of hangover after vodka)))))

  22. LILLY Nosirjonovna

    March 3, 2019 6:20 pm

    Thanks guys 4 ur job. Come back in autumn, when our natural fruits and vegetables are grown, which is clean without any chemistry!

  23. A H

    March 5, 2019 3:09 am

    This seems like a Hollywood movie set 😱 perfect place for filming those days… Let our coming generations see & feel how people lived back days.

  24. Syifa Kenedi

    March 7, 2019 6:06 pm

    Greaaat. I also made video When in Bali.. Indonesiaa😊🤓🤓🤓❤

  25. Millennial Travel Confessions

    March 9, 2019 2:54 pm

    You guys visit some really unknown places that deserves much more exposure! Great job on that gentlemen! 😁

  26. Jesse Turner

    March 17, 2019 3:56 am

    Amazing video, such a beautiful place. Where can I find the background music you guys used in this vid

  27. Mavlyuda Saburova

    March 23, 2019 5:42 pm

    Omg you were in Nukus 😱 8:22 behind you my school omg. Video is awesome. Good luck!!!💙

  28. Slava Shmidt Bekabad

    April 7, 2019 4:35 pm

    Omg im from uzbekistan and this video is top of the tops, nice shot! Ur guys r masters, and alll pls welcome to uzbekistan!

  29. Filippo Lubrano

    June 16, 2019 11:56 pm

    amazing job! If you want to discover more about the Old vs New Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative) take a look at this video, also shot in Uzbekistan!

  30. ayHHo

    June 29, 2019 9:34 pm

    06:50 Dear Marco, I don't know if I missanderstood your "" signs. But a Harem/Haram is definately NOT an arabic version of an Bordelo/Brothel.
    It is what you mentioned later. The private place of the Family. Wifes, Children, Mother. But also the bedroom. For the same use like anywhere. Sleeping or "Love" making. Not more. Not less.
    If an Emir has the idea to put hundrets of wimen in for his desire and need, it doesn't change the origin understanding what a Harem/Haram means.
    As an example: Is your Wife/GF/Mother a "canadian version of a prositute" beacouse of their sexual activities? Or is your apartment the "candadian version of a Bordelo/Brothel because of your love acticities sometimes?
    Anyway your Uzbekistan Series is great. Even if it's clear that you guys are making an funded advertisement for Uzbekistan Turism, it is entertaining and interesting to watch.

  31. fiona beswick

    July 6, 2019 9:36 am

    Itmust have been incredible once…all those wonderful Silk Roadand caravan trade cities: Yarkand, Bokhara, Urgench, Khiva, Herat…above all, Samarkand…European travellers were awestruck and had to realise that Europe was just a dirty little backwater in comparison, with just a few cathedrals. But what's left of all that glory now. Even Samarkand's palaces and gardens and orchards are gone.

  32. farhad

    August 8, 2019 1:54 pm

    It sucks that the false history written by the Russians still being taught and told. I really enjoyed the videos but not the stories.


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