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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


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.


  • 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]


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




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



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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