Zakho, a medium sized city, is located in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq along the border of Turkey. The official languages in this region are Kurdish and Arabic.[i] Zakho is a major trading center due to its proximity with Turkey and thereby attracts many job seekers.[ii]
[i] Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Retrieved on 2014-04-03.
[ii] "KDP Flexes Muscles in Dohuk". Institute for War and Peace Reporting. 2009-07-21. Retrieved on 2014-04-03.
Delal Bridge - This ancient arched stone bridge is a very scenic site for photos and a picnic. It has a very unique appearance and crosses a rocky stream.
Zakho Castle - Located in the center of the city, ruins of this castle remain with only a tower still standing.
Qubad Pasha Castle - This oddly shaped castle is located near the Zahkho cemetery. Its hexagonal design and entrance way are very interesting.
There are a few very basic hotels in Zakho, but none seem to offer online reservations, so visitors need to call ahead or arrive in-person to arrange a room.
Located near the Sendi plain, there are three main rivers in the Zakho area -- the Zeriza River, the Seerkotik River and the Little Khabur River. The fertile land is good for growing grains in the winters and fruits and vegetables in the summers.[i]
Zakho has hot summers and cold winters with an average July high of 91°F and an average January low of 35°F. Summer are very dry, often going for several months with now rain. Most precipitation occurs from October to April.[ii]
[i] Zaxo Community - Zaxostan. Zaxo Community. Retrieved on 2014-04-03.
[ii] Average Weather Zakho. World Weather Online. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
Erbil has the closest international airport, although a new international airport is currently under construction in nearby Duhok. Once landed, visitors must travel by car, bus, or taxi to get to Zakho. There are not currently any train stations in the area.