I've been a long-term lurker on these forums and benefitted from the likes of FluffyBunny posting scarce information about this region so thought I should contribute.
I flew to Erbil on 13 May, transiting through Istanbul. I was nervous as I fit the profile of a potential jihadist - young, single, male, dark-complexioned, from an EU nation and mysteriously travelling to Iraq for 'tourism'. But the airport security people didn't ask me a single question. I was amazed and pleasantly…
So as far as I know Iraqi Kurdistan is reasonably safe, how about South of Baghdad? E.g. Karbala, Samawah.
My friend who is ethnic Iraqi but born and bred overseas is considering taking a pilgrimage there - and need some advice on safety. He is a Shia.
Has anyone entered Kurdistan overland from Turkey recently? How was the crossing and what should I bring with me to make the passing over easier/quicker. I have KRG stamps from 2013 already in my passport and plan to stay only 4 days.
Is this a terrible idea? Ive tried to call/contact a number of the recommended cheaper hotels around the Citadel and none of them speak English (and I dont speak Kurdish nor Arabic). My plane gets in at 2AM and I was thinking of just heading to Bata street and finding a place on arrival (assuming I can manage to find a taxi after the minibus from the airport and communicate with the driver that I want to be taken to the Citadel, Bata street.)
I can take a more expensive taxi right from…
Lalish: Yazedi New Year was packed. I think people just wanted to have some joy in their lives. People seemed to gather on New Year’s Eve and stay over. The temple complex is set in a beautiful valley. A great place to bring a picnic and spend some time. You could get there via shared taxi from Dohuk or take a shared taxi to Al-Shikhan and another from there.
Akre is a lovely town, make sure someone takes you to the view point at the top. In the centre of town next to pomegranate round a bout…
We have visited Kurdistan recently and we're amazed by the safety in the region and warmth by the locals. We stayed in Erbil for a couple of days and found out there's not much to do so we drove to Sulaimaniya. Halabja and Dokan are some points of interest around that area. We also visited places north of Erbil; Lalish, Khanis, Alqosh, Akre, Amedi, and Duhok. There's more to see and do in these places. Finding an English speaking driver and guide is quite a challenge but we chanced upon Karwan…
I and my friend (both of us male and mouslim) will visit Baghdat. we will stay near Baghdat University. We will stay near Baghdat University or Ministry of Science and Technology. Someone offer me cheap hotel one room double beds.
I kindly request hotel name and phone and if possible e-mail.
I also want to visit holy places in Kerbala and Necef someone give me information about how can I go and return? cheap.
This is Louis and I travelling to Iraqui Kurdistan by end of May
I already have my hotel booked in Erbil and I am planning to use Erbil as a base and travelling around as day trips
I have read about Amadiya and would really like to visit it. My questions are as follows:
1) Is it feasible to do it as a day trip from Erbil? I have seen that is around 300km but actually I dont mind to wake at 6am and coming back to Erbil late at night
2) I have seen that the fastest route to go Amadiya is…