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Zakho

GPS Coordinates: N37 08 32  E42 40 56

Zakho is the second largest city in Duhok province, and lies just 50 km northwest of Duhok. The city is located 8 km west of Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey. Residents of different religions and ethnicities have lived together in Zakho for centuries. Sites of interest include Pira Dalal, an old stone bridge that crosses the Khabur River. The river itself flows through Zakho and many believe that the ancient city was originally founded on an island in the middle of the Khabur. Zakho is also known for its mineral springs, which locals believe have medicinal properties.

Dalal Bridge
Dalal Bridge, or Pira Dalal in Kurdish, is an ancient stone bridge that spans the Khabour River in the town of Zakho. With a height of over 16 meters, the picturesque bridge was built using large river stones. In spring, many people visit the bridge and river to relax and picnic.

 
Sharanish
About 40 km northeast of Zakho, Sharanish is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by woodland. Temperatures never exceed more than 32C, making it a great place to visit during hot summer months.

Kishani
Kishani lies just 37 km east of Zakho and is known for its greenery and streams. Consistently cool during the summer, Kishani is a popular picnic spot for tourists and families.

Bhere Cave
Bhere Cave lies about 45 km northeast of Zakho and 5 km from the Sharanish resort. A small stream flows through the cave, which visitors can freely explore before heading to nearby Qasrok and Dashta Tkhi parks.

Happy Theme Park
The biggest amusement park in Zakho, Happy is a modern theme park that provides a range of attractions for children and adults alike. Nestled in a scenic landscape, attractions include lakes, fountains, outdoor rides, indoor play areas, restaurants and a 5D cinema.

Shlin and Shilan
Shlin and Shilan is a cool, shady area known for its views, scenery and cool rivers.

 

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