Rawanduz or Rawandiz is a city in Northern Iraq.
After being occupied by the Turks in 1922, the British Army moved in to demarcate the border between Turkey and Iraq. Expecting a genocide by the Turks if left unguarded, the British established a base in the region and started infrastructure works which helped the revival of Rawanduz. From 1928 to 1932 commissioned New Zealand engineer A.M. Hamilton to oversee construction of the much needed highway connecting Erbil with Piranshahr, to which Hamilton gave his name. The road connection caused trade to flourish, and Rawanduz grew rapidly.
Modern Rawanduz is multicultural hub of trade tucked away between tall mountains and deep river gorges.
Rawanduz GorgeDry and dusty canyon in summer, lush and green from spring to autumn. An incredible sight year round!
Bekhal WaterfallSpectacular spring and waterfalls.
Mount KorekWith 2127 m a prominent peak in the region, although dwarfed by the 3000 m peaks in the Erbil Governorate. It is a very popular tourist attraction year round, with a 4 km long cable car taking tourists from to the top of Mount Korek. The mountain is a ski resort in winter, and among the top 10 highest rated ski resorts of Iraqi Kurdistan as of 2019.