Urgench, located on the left bank of the Amudarja River, is the administrative center of the province of Khorazm. There are no historical sightseeing places in the city, but it is a connecting city for the “Open-Air Museum – Khiva”. All flights and trains for Khiva are organized from Urgench. The city is located 30 km away from Khiva. From this city you can also reach the ruins of the ancient Toprak Kala (in Karakalpakistan) and the historical city of Kunja Urgench (Kunya Urgench in Turkmenistan). All educational and cultural centers of the province of Khorezmia are located in this city.
The city was founded in 1938 as the administrative center of Khorezmia province and has over 150 000 inhabitants. The city has a university, a branch of the Tashkent Medical College, many vocational schools, 27 libraries, a theatre and an Olympic stadium.