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The Shamali Plain (or Shomali Plain) is north of Kabul. Shamali, meaning 'windy' or 'northern,' is a green plain which has reduced a lot of the food for central Afghanistan. From Kabul it extends north through Charikar, Parvan province to Jabal os Saraj.

Shamali Plain
Map of Shamali Plain

Understand[edit]

The Shamali Plain was the front line between warring factions during Afghanistan's many conflicts. The local population suffered particularly badly under the Taliban and during the various wars.

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Charikar Charikar on Wikipedia the main city of the Parvan province, which covers most of the Shamali Plain.
  • 2 Jabal os Saraj Jabal Saraj on Wikipedia is a small town at one end of the plain, at the foot of the Salang Pass.

Get in[edit]

The main road heading north from Kabul passes through the plain.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

There are various viewpoints, with some of the best views from Jabal Saraj.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Local produce such as grapes and other fruit are very good.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

The area has been the scene of major battles during the various wars. Get advice on possibly mined roads and other hazards.

Go next[edit]

  • 1 Panjshir Valley is at the northern end of the Shamali Plain. Famous as the base of the commander Ahmed Shah Massoud.
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