Khaniqin is a Kurdish city located close to the Iraq-Iran border. It is an important commercial gateway and contains traces of various ancient civilizations. Although many areas have already beenexcavated by the University of Chicago, several sites remain unexplored.
Khaniqin has a diverse population and people from different denominations, tribes, and clans peacefully coexist in the city. Mosques, churches and temples from different religions can all be found in Khaniqin, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together for centuries.
As well as being a fertile agricultural area, the city is also rich in minerals and oil. Nearby Alawand River has long provided inspiration for local writers and poets.
Sartakbamo Sartakbamo is a beautiful touristic area, 60 km from the center of Khanaqin. Tourists and locals visit this area for its scenic views.
Located in the Pasha Guiri area of Khaniqin, Father Peter Joseph Shaya Alkarmalisi supervised the building of this church in 1950 and it remains one of Khaniqin’s most popular attractions.
Bagalan village lies southeast of Khanaqin, about 6 km from the city center. It is famous for its charming views overlooking lush groves and the Alawand River.
The Alawand Dam is located southeast of Khanaqin city, 5 km from the city center, and offers beautiful views over the dam and surrounding area.
Located on the banks of the Alawand River, tourists visit the ridge for its views of the river and bridge, and also to enjoy the many restaurants and cafes in the area.
House of Mohamed Effendi
This home was built on the banks of Alawand River more than 200 years ago by Mohamed Effendi, a rich local landowner. The house contains an area for men – Diwah Khan - and one for women - Alharam – that contains a kitchen to prepare food for guests and travelers.
The house was built by the skilled craftsmen from Iran. The workers were poor peasants from the region and were forced to work without pay. The materials used in the construction are locally
made bricks, known for their durability.
Located in the heart of Khanaqin, Lalonde Bridge, which crosses the Lalonde River, dates back more than a hundred years. Orchards and palm trees, gardens and parks, as well as other tourist amenities, lie either side of the bridge, making the area an attractive destination for tourists looking to spend some time relaxing on the banks of the river.
Syed Mahmud ibn Musa al-Kadhim Shrine (Paweh Mahmoud)
Sayed Mahmoud Shrine is located west of Khanaqin, 10 km from the city center. A popular destination for pilgrims, particularly during religious holidays, the shrine is surrounded by acres of orchards and palm trees, making it an ideal tourist attraction.
Khanaqin tourist park
Located just 1 km west of the historic Lalonde Bridge, the Khanaquin tourist park includes a running track and events hall, as well as playgrounds and other recreational areas for children.