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Otakul Destination Guide

Touring Otakul in Afghanistan.

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Otakul in the region of Balkh is located in Afghanistan - some 202 mi (or 326 km) North-West of Kabul, the country's capital city.

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Time in Otakul is now 04:45 AM (Friday). The local timezone is named "Asia / Kabul" with an UTC offset of 4.5 hours. Depending on your travel resources, these more prominent places might be interesting for you: Tuzhnah-ye Nasiri, Surkh Gunbaz, Siadgird, Shorak, Shahrak Nau or Dushanbe. Being here already, consider visiting . We also found some pictures.

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Interesting facts about this location


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.

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Located at 36.89, 67.04 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 12 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

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.

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Located at 36.89, 67.04 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 12 mi away.
Tags:Districts of Balkh Province

Shrine of Hazrat Ali

The Shrine of Hazrat Ali, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. It is one of the reputed burial places of Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in law of Muhammad. The mazar is the building which gives the city in which it is located, Mazar-i-Sharif (meaning "Tomb of the Exalted") its name.

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Located at 36.89, 67.04 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 13 mi away.
Tags:Buildings and structures in Balkh Province, Mosques in Afghanistan, Shrines in Afghanistan

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.

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Located at 36.89, 67.04 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 14 mi away.
Tags:Archaeological sites in Afghanistan, Islamic architecture, Mosques in Afghanistan

Mazar-i-Sharif Airport

Mazar-i-Sharif Airport is located 9 km east of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, a journey of 15 minutes by taxi from the center of the city. It is Afghanistan's 4th largest after Herat International Airport, which will be called Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport after the expansion work is completed. Built by the assistance of the Soviet Union in the 1950s, the airport serves the Afghan population north of the country.

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Located at 36.89, 67.04 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 16 mi away.
Tags:Airports in Afghanistan, Mazar-i-Sharif