The Daman-e-Koh Viewpoint (2400 ft from sea level and 500ft from the city Islamabad), perched halfway up the Margalla Hills, gives the best bird’s-eye view south over Islamabad. To get there drive or walk up from the northern end of 7th Avenue. It is a ten-minute drive or 45 minute walk. There are crowds on Saturday and Sunday. The viewpoint Park is laid out with picnic areas, paths, gardens, viewing points and terraces.
From here the straight avenues and neat rows of houses stretch out below you, the president’s palace, Legislative Assembly and Secretariat offices dominating the east end of the city, and the huge Shah Faisal Mosque tucked against the hills to the west. A useful plan painted on a cement block clarifies the city layout. In the distance are Rawal Lake and Rawalpindi, and on a clear day after rain you can see far out over the potwar Ptateau beyond Rawalpindi to the Salt Range on the horizon.
Daman-e-Koh is a border line for visitors on their way to the higher view point Pir Sohawa which is situated at the peak of Margalla Hills at an height of about 1524 meters. Car parking facility is provided close to the Northern Spot where a cafe and some small tuck shops accommodate the requirements of visitors. A restaurant is positioned on the Southern Spot overlooking the capital. The Southern Spot is the core attraction as it offers a panoramic sight of Islamabad. Telescopes are installed for eager spectators.
WHAT IS AROUND
- Talhar Village
- Pir Sohawa
- Monal/Lamontana Restaurent
- Margalla Avenue
- 7th Avenue
- Blue Area
NEARBY TOURIST SITES
- Japanese Park
- Islamabad Zoo
- Faisal Maosque
- Trail 2 Damn-e-Koh / Zoo
- Trail 3 Opposit Sector F-6
- Trail 4 Dhok Jeevan
- Trail 5 Dera Janglan
- Trail 6 Chak Jabbi
- Trail 7 Saidpur Village
WHEN TO GO
At 620 metres (1700 feet) above sea level, Islamabad is at its best from October to April, when the days are crisp and cool, and the nights are cold. Spring is short, but the flowers in March are a riot of colour. The hottest months are May and June, before the monsoon, but even then the climate is usually not oppressive, and you can always escape to the hills. 2250 metres (7400 feet) above sea level.
HOW TO REACH
Islamabad and Rawapindi share an airport, the rawapindi City and Rawalpindi Cantonment railway stand, General Bus Stand, Pir Wadhi, Faizabad Bus Stand, Daewoo Bus stand Motorway Chowk, Faisal Mover Motorway Chowk and G-9 Karachi company Bus Stand.
It is 292.9 kilometres (182 miles) from Lahore (6 hours 30min) and 172.8 kilometres (108 Miles) from Peshawar (3 Hours 30min) on the Grand Trunk Road (Nation Highway G.T. Road) and 382.6 kilometres (287.7 miles) from Lahore (4Hours 30min) and 185.7 Kilometres (116 Miles) from Peshawar (2 Hours 30min) on the Motorway/AH1.
Skyways, Niazi Express, Faisal Mover, Daewoo, Airport, Train
WITHIN THE CITY
Taxi, Car, Mini Busses
ON BOOKED TRANSPORT
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WHERE TO SHOP
Blue Area, Super Market, Modely Market, F-8 Markaz
Safa Gold Mall
WHERE TO EAT / STAY
Hotels / Motels / Resorts / Restaurants
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|PIMS, Islamabad:||G-8, 051-9261170|
|Poly Clinic:||Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Islamabad. 051-9218300|
|Rescue 1122:||1122, 0344 9597384|
|Edhi Foundation:||115, (051) 2353374|
|Tourist Information Centre:||Sports Complex Islamabad. 051-9208949|
|NTP Tourist Information Center:||E-11/1, Islamabad. 03 111 038 049, 051-8732529|
|CDA:||Khayeban-e-Suhrwardy, Islamabad. 051-9253001|
|Passport Office:||Mauve Road, G-8/1, Islamabad. 051-9107220|
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