Daman-e-Koh and Other Tourist Attractions of Margalla Hills

Tourism in Pakistan

Daman-e-Koh is a popular viewing point and hill top garden north of Islamabad and located in the middle of the Margalla Hills. Its name is a conjunction of two Persian words, which together means foot hills. It is about 2400ft from sea level and almost 500ft from the city of Islamabad. It is a popular destination for the residents as well as the visitors to the capital. The Southern spot is the main attraction as it provides a panoramic view of Islamabad. The visitors experience a unique view of Faisal Mosque, the newly constructed Seventh Avenue (Islamabad) and Rawal Lake. Telescopes are installed for keen observers who wish to sightsee from the famous tourist destination.

There is also a large sign installed showing an original map of Islamabad. In 2007, Capital Development Authority further developed the viewpoint by upgrading the restaurant, widening the car-parking and providing other necessary facilities including electric-powered cars to facilitate access for tourists between northern and southern spots. The restaurants at Daman e Koh are also very good offering a variety of cuisines.

Moreover, with the redevelopment work in 2007 the restaurants have also improved their services providing customers with better sitting arrangements and the delicious food which is so good that it nearly impossible to pass up the opportunity. Daman-e-Koh serves a midpoint for tourists on their way to the higher view point Pir Sohawa which is located at the top of Margalla Hills at an elevation of about 3600ft. The Monal restaurant is another very popular destination and is also situated nearly midway to Pir Sohawa. It has beautiful views as well as good food to go with it [so if you decide not to eat at Daman-e-Koh, you can always visit Monal for a family friendly experience]. There is even a plan to construct a chairlift from Daman-e-Koh to Pir Sohawa making for a more entertaining and wholesome experience.

Aerial view of the Monal restaurant, Islamabad.

Furthermore, monkeys are a common sight during winter. Eve cheetahs are frequently reported to descend from higher hills of Murree during snowfall. Pir Sohawa is a rapidly developing tourist resort located 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Islamabad on top of Margalla Hills. It is located in Monal village which is geographically part of Haripur District. On 6 January 2012, after almost six years, Pir Sohawa, the city’s highest tourist spot, received few inches of snowfall.

Another measurable snow event occurred on 11 February 2016 when 2 inches fell after four years. Bright Hills is a holiday resorts at scenic views of canyons on Margalla hills at 4800 feet above sea level 22 km from the Zoo Islamabad. All of these places are situates in the Margalla Hills. The Margalla range has an area of 12,605 hectares.

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