The Shamali Plain (or Shomali Plain) is north of Kabul. Shamali, meaning 'windy' or 'northern,' is a green plain which produced a lot of the food for central Afghanistan. From Kabul it extends north through Charikar, Parvan province to Jabal os Saraj. Food production was largely stopped during the wars, but it is now beginning to recover. The Plain remains largely green during the long hot summer.
The Taliban destroyed the irrigation system and it is only just beginning to recover. The local population suffered particularly badly under the Taliban and during the various wars. The Plain was the front line between waring factions during Afghanistan's many conflicts.
- 1 Charikar the main city of the Parvan province, which covers most of the Shamali Plain.
- 2 Jabal os Saraj is a small town at one end of the plain, at the foot of the Salang Pass.
The main road heading north from Kabul passes through the plain. It has been reconstructed and is in good condition.
Local produce such as grapes and other fruit are very good.
The area was the scene of major battles during the various wars. Major routes have been demined. However, more remote areas can still pose a risk. Seek local advice and training.
- 1 Panjshir Valley is at the northern end of the Shamali Plain. Famous as the base of the commander Ahmed Shah Massoud.