Rawanduz is close to the borders with Iran and Turkey, and home to some of the most beautiful canyons and waterfalls in Kurdistan and Iraq.

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Bekhal Waterfall

Bekhal Waterfall is located 10 km to the west from Rawanduz City, and 135 km from Erbil. This waterfall is host for many visitors and tourists across the country.

Geli Ali Beg Waterfall

The famous Geli Ali Beg Waterfall is 130 km from Erbil, and featured on the 5,000 dinar bill.

Hamilton Road

This road dates back to 1928, when the British, who took control of Iraq following the fall of the Ottoman Empire, brought in Archibald Hamilton to design a road through the mountainous terrain to the Iranian border. Not only was it a strategic route, but the mere fact that this road exists through such dramatic scenery is really an engineering marvel! Hamilton went on to describe his experience building this road in his book, "Road Through Kurdistan: The Narrative of an Engineer in Iraq".

Hamilton Road
Hiwa Resturant

Traditional Kurdish food.

Korek Mountain

Mount Korek is a tourist attraction with Darin Group. Darin, an Iraqi company, has built a ~4km Doppelmayr Teleferic (cable car) from its Bekhal Bottom station to Mount Korek. The mountain is developed as an international destination. The company has developed 132 villas and several rides, as well as restaurants and cafes. The resort is a summer retreat providing cool environs when the whole region reels under high temperatures. During winters, it turns into a ski resort.

Shingelbana Resort

To spend a nice and relaxing time away from the hustle of the city and see beautiful scenery and colorful nature to entertain your family and children, be sure to visit the Shingelbana Tourism Resort.

Shingelbana Resort