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Otakul Destination Guide

Touring Otakul in Afghanistan

Otakul in the region of Balkh is a city 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 04:27 PM (Sunday) . The local timezone is named " Asia/Kabul " with a 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, and Shahrak Nau. Being here already, consider visiting Tuzhnah-ye Nasiri . Check out our recomendations for Otakul ? We have collected some references on our attractions page.


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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 19 km away
Tags: Bactria

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 20 km 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.

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Located at 36.77 66.87 (Lat./Long.); Less than 20 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

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 36.71 67.11 (Lat./Long.); Less than 21 km away
Tags: Buildings and structures in Balkh Province, Mosques in Afghanistan, Shrines in Afghanistan

2011 Mazar-i-Sharif attack

The 2011 Mazar-i-Sharif attack occurred on April 1, 2011 when a group of demonstrators attacked the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, killing seven foreigners, including three United Nations staff members and four Nepalese guards. Additionally, five protesters died in the violence.

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Located at 36.70 67.12 (Lat./Long.); Less than 22 km away
Tags: 2011 in Afghanistan, Mass murder in 2011, Mazar-i-Sharif