Backpacking In Dohuk, Kurdistan, Iraq

Backpacking In Dohuk, Kurdistan, Iraq

by Jonny Blair

Dohuk is an odd kind of town. You've never been in one like it before and you'll never be in one like it again. In fact, the nearest comparison I can make to Dohuk is with a town called Vank in Nagorno Karabakh. Basically Dohuk wants to be cool. It really wants to be. But it has a lot of barriers to overcome. Slowly but surely this town is becoming a decent spot for travellers. Even though you won't linger long (we stayed 2 nights), it's definitely worth a trip if you're touring Northern Iraq.

5 Things to do in Dohuk

1. Promenade Walk: The Corniche

This cool corniche runs the length of the city and is a great spot to walk nonchalantly along. It makes a great place to relax and chill away from the city vibe that takes place up above. There are some statues in Dohuk Corniche.

2. Dohuk Dam and Dohuk Valley

In and around Dohuk there is a quality dam to check out. It sits on the edge of town and has valleys around it which is amazing. You should head out there and check this epic place out for sure!

The views are simply stunning and really worth it.

3. Waterfalls at Dohuk

Amazingly in Dohuk they have created these fake waterfalls which make for a cool tourist attraction. The locals love to walk past them and enjoy them. Photo taking also happens a lot here. The waterfalls are on the edge of town.

4. Dohuk Market and Bazaar

Markets and Bazaars in the Middle East are not just a way of life, they are an obsession. Dohuk, like the other towns and cities in Iraq, Iran and Turkey has a cool and quite a big bazaar. When backpacking here be sure to check this place out.

5. The Dohuk Art Gallery

Dohuk has an art gallery in the town centre. This makes a perfect place to check out some Iraqi and Kurdish art and walk all around it admiring the quite breathtaking art on display.

So you'll not be short of things to do in Dohuk. There are also a load of cool restaurants including Omara Restaurant Dohuk and many in and around the bazaar. Smoking shish is a common pastime too on the streets - but its 100% guys doing it - as a foreigner you'd probably be the only girl there smoking.

To read a load more cool stories from <a href="">Backpacking in Iraq</a> head over to Jonny Blair's extensive travel blog which has tips and also features documents on <a href="">Sightseeing in Dohuk</a>

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