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Balkh Destination Guide

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Balkh in the region of Balkh with it's 114,883 habitants is a town located in Afghanistan - some 200 mi (or 322 km) North-West of Kabul, the country's capital.

Map of the area of Balkh in Afghanistan

Local time in Balkh is now 11:54 PM (Sunday). The local timezone is named "Asia / Kabul" with an UTC offset of 4.5 hours. Depending on your flexibility, these larger cities might be interesting for you: Wahanah Nowroz, Wahanah Now Warid, Stin, Shibirghan, Moy Mubarak or Qal'ahchah. When in this area, you might want to check out Ufmalik, Tuzhnah-ye Nasiri, Timur Saray, Shpulah, Samar Qandian and Balkh as well. We found some clips posted online. Scroll down to see the most favourite one or select the video collection in the navigation.


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Weather Conditions Today & Next Days Forecast

17°C / 63 °F Few clouds
Morning Temperature 9°C / 49 °F
Evening Temperature 12°C / 54 °F
Night Temperature 1°C / 34 °F
Chance of rainfall 0%
Air Humidity 72%
Air Pressure 929.1 hPa
Wind Speed with 2 km/h (2 mph) from West
Cloud Conditions Few clouds, covering 12% of sky
General Conditions Few clouds

Monday, 18th of December 2017
Light rain, calm, clear sky.
Light rain Day: 9°C (49 °F)
Night: -1°C (31 °F)
Tuesday, 19th of December 2017
Scattered clouds, calm.
Scattered clouds Day: 11°C (52 °F)
Night: 2°C (35 °F)
Wednesday, 20th of December 2017
Light rain, light breeze, few clouds.
Light rain Day: 6°C (43 °F)
Night: -2°C (28 °F)

Videos

Driving in Balkh direction No Gombad Mos...

01:02 min ( August 25, 2012 by João Leitão)
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Driving in Balkh direction No Gombad Mosque, Balkh Afghanistan

Driving in Balkh direction No Gombad Mos...

00:05 min ( August 30, 2012 by João Leitão)
Views: 7 - Rating: 0/5

Balkh AfghanistanDriving in Balkh direction No Gombad Mosque - part 2, Balkh Afghanistan


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Interesting facts about this location

Charbolak District

Charbolak (or Chahar Bolak or Char Bolak) district is located in the western part of Balkh Province. Its capital is the village of Charbolak, 40 km northwest of Mazari Sharif. The majority of the population is Pashtun. The previous name of this district was Adina Masjid (آدینه‌ مسجد), which was changed to Char Bolak during the Pashtunisation policy of Mohammad Gul Khan Momand.

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 36.76, 66.9 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 2 mi away.
Tags:Districts of Balkh Province

Balkh

Balkh was an ancient city and centre of Zoroastrianism in what is northern Afghanistan. Today it is a small town in the province of Balkh, about 20 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif, and some 74 km south of the Amu Darya. It was one of the major cities of Khorasan. Marco Polo described Balkh as a "noble and great city". The ancient city of Balkh was under the Greeks renamed Bactra, giving its name to Bactria.

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 36.76, 66.9 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 2 mi away.
Tags:Buddhism in Afghanistan, Buddhist art and culture, Districts of Balkh Province, Former populated places in Afghanistan, Historical regions of Afghanistan, History of Iran, Populated places along the Silk Road, Populated places established in the 2nd millennium BC, Populated places in Balkh Province

Haji Piyada

Haji Piyada Mosque ḤĀJI PIĀDA or Noh Gonbad Mosque, a Samanid-style building in Balkh province of northern Afghanistan. Built in the ninth century, it is thought to be the earliest Islamic building in the country. It measures 20 by 20 meters. The outside walls are of mud-brick construction. The interior is divided into nine bays, each originally covered by a dome.

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 36.76, 66.9 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 3 mi away.
Tags:Archaeological sites in Afghanistan, Islamic architecture, Mosques in Afghanistan

Battle of Qala-i-Jangi

The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi (also incorrectly referred to as the Battle of Mazar-i-Sharif) took place between November 25 and December 1, 2001, in Northern Afghanistan, following the invasion by United States forces to try to overthrow the Taliban, which it had accused of harboring Al-Qaeda operatives.

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Located at 36.76, 66.9 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 8 mi away.
Tags:2001 in Afghanistan, Afghan Civil War, Battles of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) involving the United Kingdom, Battles of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) involving the United States, Conflicts in 2001, History of Balkh Province, Operations involving American special forces, Prison uprisings

Balkh River

The Balkh River or Balkhab is a river in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. The river rises in the Band-e Amir lakes in the Hindu Kush. In its upper reaches the river is known as the Band-e Amir River (Rud-e Band-e Amir). The river flows west, then north, and terminates in irrigation canals in the area of the cities of Balkh and Mazar-e Sharif or in the desert. In times of exceptional flood the river drains into the lowlands of Turkmenistan.

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 36.76, 66.9 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 8 mi away.
Tags:Geography of Balkh Province, Rivers of Afghanistan

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