It's probably the most recognizable sight in Khiva, a small UNESCO-listed Silk Road town in the desert region of Khorezm, northwest Uzbekistan. This is the somewhat squat, turquoise-tiled minaret, built in 1851 by ruler Mohammed Amin Khan. Apparently he wanted to see all the way to the city of Bukhara—but he died before it was finished. And it’s still unfinished.
At present, Uzbekistanis need an exit visa to leave their country, so traveling around their homeland is often the only holiday many take.
Travel writer, author and Central Asia expert Caroline Eden @edentravels went on the road with the locals—see more of her photos and read her anecdotes in her feature 'On the road with Uzbekistan's modern-day pilgrims' on Adventure.com.
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