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Balkh Destination Guide

Discover Balkh in Afghanistan

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

Interactive map of Balkh

Local time in Balkh is now 12:00 PM (Tuesday) . The local timezone is named " Asia/Kabul " with a 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, and Moy Mubarak. When in this area, you might want to check out Wahanah Nowroz . We found some clip posted online . Scroll down to see the most favourite one or select the video collection in the navigation. Are you looking for some initial hints on what might be interesting in Balkh ? We have collected some references on our attractions page.


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Driving in Balkh direction No Gombad Mosque, Balkh Afghanistan

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

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Interesting facts about this location

Eucratideia

Eucratideia was an ancient town in Bactria mentioned by a few ancient writers. It was most likely a foundation of Eucratides I who is the more important ruler of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom with the name Eucratides. Not much is known about this city and it might be just a renaming of an already existing town rather than a new foundation. Renaming of cities was a common practise in the ancient world.

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Located at 36.75 66.92 (Lat./Long.); Less than 2 km away
Tags: Bactria

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.

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Located at 36.77 66.87 (Lat./Long.); Less than 3 km 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 36.77 66.87 (Lat./Long.); Less than 3 km away
Tags: Districts of 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.

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Located at 36.72 66.90 (Lat./Long.); Less than 5 km away
Tags: Archaeological sites in Afghanistan, Islamic architecture, Mosques in Afghanistan

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.

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Located at 36.65 66.93 (Lat./Long.); Less than 12 km away
Tags: Geography of Balkh Province, Rivers of Afghanistan

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Historical Weather

temperature and rainfall during the year in Balkh