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Tour in the North
Natural Sites and Outdoor Places
FOREST TOURIST CASINO & WATERFALLS
A first class spot in the northern corner of the Hadba model forest,
on the left bank of the Tigris. Up-to-date equipment; food and drinks;
eastern and western music. The casino also provides food to the tourist
chalets nearby. There are 35 chalets designed for 4 or 2 persons,
equipped with kitchens and bathrooms, and very well furnished. They have
heating, cooling, refrigerators, telephones and TV sets.
LAKE OF MOUSUL DAM
A delightful lake suitable for all water sports, and fishing. It is
equipped with all tourist facilities.
17 kms. Away from Duhok, 90 kms from Mosul, 885 meters above sea level,
with a maximum temperature of 38 C. Zawita is distinguished for its
pine-forests; its extensive shady spots make it particularly attractive
in the summer. Its afforesting probably goes back to Assyrian times.
Its name is Aramaic, meaning “corner”. Somewhere nearby is a wide clef
in the mountain called Gully Zawita. There is a well-furnished rest
house in Zawita.
22 kms from Zawita, 112 kms from Mosul, 1507 meters above sea level,
with maximum temperature of 33 C., it is one of the best-situated summer
resorts in the North. It overlooks a deep valley, with higher mountains
on either side which seem to give the place a perfect climate, as good
as that of any summer resort in the world, with poplars, cypress trees
and a variety of summer fruit-trees. There is a large up-to-date hotel,
together with modern casino, in the middle of gardens which give on to
two plains, Bamarny and Suara Tuga, between which rises the Suara Tuga
chain of mountains. There are also a number of tourist cabins of
different sizes, all well furnished.
Just about 5 kms before you get to Sarsang you will come across Ashawa,
a lovely summer resort famed for its waterfall. There is a beautiful
restaurant, together with some local shops.
Upon leaving Suara Tuga the road descends east until, a few kilometers
away, it hits Bamarny, then Sikreen, famed for its water and vineyards.
Some distance away is Sarsang (126 kms. From Mosul), one of the most
appealing summer resorts in Iraq. It rises 1,046 meters above sea level,
with maximum temperature of 34 C. A lovely climate, cold water cascading
from mountain springs, forests of cypress trees and poplars, a diversity
of fruit trees in endless orchards, await the visitor to Sarsang, where
there are several hotels, chalets, casinos and a night club. Throughout
the area there are restaurants, super markets, playgrounds for children
an open air cinema, a roving theatre, let alone the popular cafes and
consumer shops, post office and a bank.
On the way to Amadiya, 15 kms. From Sarsang, you will find Anashki in a
lovely spot overlooking the plains of Sarsang. Anashki is noted for its
cool climate and tumbling waterfalls, which run through the casinos and
eating places of the village.
Close to Anashki. This resort has a healthy climate, plentiful
waters, and beautiful nature, all at a height of 1400 meters above sea
level, 144 kms. Away from Mosul.
In a beautiful valley in the mountains, 5 kms. Before Amadiya, is
Sulaf. 115o meters above sea level, with gorgeous waterfalls, one of
which cascades from a height of 25 meters. Sulfa is noted for its
plentiful fruit trees and large number of its natural caves- notably
Al-safa cave, heavily shaded by walnut trees.
There are a number of
privately owned restaurants and hotels
AMADIYA ANTIQUE CASTLE
Perched on top of a mountain 1400 meters above sea level, this
impregnable castle played a prominent role in the ancient history of
Iraq. It is elliptical in shape, founded on a large rock, which is in
one piece, surrounded by mountaintops. It has two gates, Zebar gate-
leading to Zebar region and Mosul gate- leading to Mosul. On the latter
gate images are graved portraying warriors with spears, swords and
shields; under their feet is a great snake, which unwinds itself all the
way up the gate’s arch. The castle was called after Imaduddin Zangi, who
built it in 537 Hijra. It is about 90 kms away from the governorate
center, and the road to it is asphalted and in good condition.
5 kms. This summer resort lies amidst tall trees and flowing waters.
There are several tourist houses, hotels and casinos.
71 kms. from Sulaimaniya, 141 kms. from Kirkuk. A large beautiful
blue lake, with a rest house and a number of restaurants and cafes.
65 kms. From Sulaimaniya, 26668 kms. From Baghdad. Excellent for
boating, with tourist facilities.
a delightful mountain resort accessible by a paved road 75 kms. Long off
Built on Mount Pirmam, overlooking the plain which stretches as far
as Arbil on the one hand, and Mount Safin on the other, it is 32 kms
away from Arbil. 1090 meters above sea level. Maximum temperature in the
summer: 36 C. One of the loveliest spots in the country with its cypress
and oak trees. Tourist facilities are:
- Tourist village, a group of
39 houses (200 beds).
- Salahudin Hotel: a first class hotel with a
large lounge and a large dining room, in the middle of extensive
- Salahudin Restaurant.
- Tourist sports hall.
The nearest resort to Salahudin, only 9 kms away on a well-built
road, where temperature is 5-8degrees lower than in Salahudin. It has
several touristic installations, such as:
- Sara Rush hotel.
Mada’in Tourist village.
- Chalet UR 216 BEDS, Chalets Sulaf 180
beds, and Chalets Hatra 588 beds.
- Residential apartments.
hall & a restaurant.
Sara rush has also a supermarket, a folklore
shop, children’s playgrounds, excursion gardens, etc.
Some 18 kms away from Salahudin, this summer resort lies on a slope
of Mount Safin at 966 Meters above sea level, with a maximum temperature
of 35 C. A place of great scenic beauty with many mountain tops around
it, and rich in orchards; walnuts, almonds, pomegranates, grapes,
apples, pears, all grow in profusion here, together with endless poplars
and cypresses. Here is shade that indeed spreads far and wide. Some of
Shaqlawa’s tourist facilities:
- Shaqlawa hotel.
- Tourist camp. 76 beds (two to each tent) with
bathrooms and a kitchen.
There are also several privately owned
hotels. Visitors for camping may rent parts of the fruit orchards.
GULLY ALI BEG
This is the place of such a striking beauty; one must see it. The
gully is a narrow 10km long pass between Mount Kork and Mount Nwathnin,
60 kms away from Shaqlawa. The Mountain View is made even more gorgeous
by a fantastic waterfall, which tumbles down from a spot 800 meters high
above sea level. A casino restaurant near by and a few trailers for
About 10 kms beyond Rawanduz, the visitor will come across a great
roaring waterfall pouring down from mountain tops in a green cool spot
thick with trees all around. Accessible by a road built last decade
between the Gully and Mount Kork. A small casino for refreshments.
From Rawanduz it is a short jump to Jindian, another sylvan spot
with fresh spring waters. A casino was built as a nucleus for more
tourist facilities to be added in the future.
On the way to Haj Omran, about 50 kms from Gully Ali Beg, it has an
up-to-date tourist hotel together with other tourist amenities.
On the northeast boarder, to the east of Mount Hassarost, 69 kms
from the Gully’s water fall. This summer resort, 1780 meters above sea
level, is very cool at night but remarkably temperate by day, with a
maximum temperature of 28 C.
The eternal fire at Baba Gurgur, shows how economical is the
production of oil in Iraq.
CASTLE OF KIRKUK
One of the eldest extant monuments.
One of the most beautiful artificial lakes in Iraq. It was formed after
building the Samarra dam, for irrigation and controlling the floods of
Tigris and Euphrates. It is reachable from Baghdad via Falouja, Ramadi,
or Samarra. Tourists can fish, swim or camp at the lake.