Duhok (Dahuk, Duhok) is a common first stop in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is worth spending a day looking around and it also makes a good base for exploring nearby attractions like the Lalish temple and Amadiya.
Places to Stay
Located on the corner of a pedestrian street and the main Kawa Road. It is popular with travellers so a good place to meet other foreigners. The rooms are simple and clean with satellite TV, air conditioning and private bathroom with squat toilet and hot water (after a while).
Things to See
The Bazaar is fascinating to wander around. It is also a good place to change money - just look for someone sitting on the kerb with bundles of cash and a calculator. Be sure to try the fresh pomegranate juice.
The promenade follows a stream of water through the city center up to the Dohuk dam.
Located in the Bizzaar.
A large amuseument park that is popular with the locals.
Charsten Scuplture "The Four Pillars"
This cave is on the road out of Dohuk on the way to the Dohuk dam. A Zoroastrian Temple that has been used for religious ceremonies since 600 B.C. The entry is on the right hand side when walking towards the dam and costs 500 dinar to enter.
It is possible to walk around the central part of Dohuk and is indeed a rewarding experience. A taxi around the city should cost 3000 dinar.
Joe Scarangella wrote about his experiences in Dohuk here.
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