Darah Sof District

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Darah Sof

دره صوف
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Darah Sof
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 35°45′03″N67°39′58″E / 35.7508°N 67.6662°E / 35.7508; 67.6662 Coordinates: 35°45′03″N67°39′58″E / 35.7508°N 67.6662°E / 35.7508; 67.6662
Country Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan
Province Samangan Province
Time zone UTC+04:30 (AST)

Darah Sof (Dari : دره صوف) is a district of Samangan Province in Afghanistan. It is located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) from the city of Samangan and 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, in Balkh Province.


A large part of Darah Sof is surrounded by hills, where a type of wheat called Lalm (للم) is grown. A river in Darah Sof called Qalah Sarkori makes the area very lush and fertile. Many of the residents have installed small turbines to extract power from this river. The district of Darah Sof was recently divided into two districts; Darah Sof Balla (the upper valley) and Darah Sof Payan (the lower valley).

There are approximately 107,000 residents in Darah Sof, [1] with the majority of Hazara ethnicity. The district has one high school, eleven elementary schools, and two religious schools.

On 15 March 1979, an uprising against the Democratic People's Party of Afghanistan occurred.[ citation needed ] A work project is currently planned to improve the road between Darah Sof and Mazar Sharif city. This project is funded by the Correa government, with working capital of $60 million.


The name Darah Sof may be rendered in many, many, different ways in western languages. Some examples are: Dar-I-Suf, Dare Suf, Darya Ye Suf; the preceding with Sof instead of Suf.

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  1. "Samangan" (pdf). Government of Afghanistan. Retrieved 19 October 2010.[ permanent dead link ]