Daman designates center and Koh betokens hill. In the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad there is Daman-e-Koh (the center of the mountain). It is very short drive from the city only 15 to 20 minutes from Islamabad but when you reach there you will feel you are deep in the woods. Visitors can peregrinate up the hill to the center of the mountain and optically discern the forest below, as well as the whole of Islamabad.
Because of Daman-e-Koh’s close proximity to Islamabad taxi cabs drivers are delectated to take visitors to the park at a nominal cost, and cabs are available for return trips to Islamabad in the parking lots.
If you are in Islamabad be sure to visit this forest area where nature abounds, the view is marvelous and the atmosphere is so placid and tranquil. With so many places to venture, and with wildlife that will regale you for hours, it’s a must optically discern for all tourists.
Places to Visit
There are two vantage points north and south. Both places have ample parking facilities, an immensely colossal expanse of forest cleared for picnickers, immensely colossal lush green grass carpeted areas, incipiently cemented ambulating paths, as well as benches and tables dispersed throughout. Maintenance of the whole area is superb with resplendent flower beds, sizably voluminous well maintained areas to sit and relish the view, as well as immaculate maintained washrooms and ample room on the cemented paths for wheelchairs.
On the north side there is a refreshment stand with snacks, candy, and drinks. On the south side is a restaurant where visitors can relish lunch and dinner. The Capital Development Ascendancy (CDA) upgraded the restaurant and introduced electric powered cars that provide tourists with a relaxing and relishable convey to and from the parking areas.The south side has a panoramic view of Islamabad, the Faisal Mosque, as well as Rawal Lake, and Rawawlpindi in the far distance. From this vantage point it is facile to optically discern how modern and organized Islamabad is with its green fairways and straight streets.
Pir Sohawa further up the mountain has fine dining accommodating breakfast, lunch and dinners.
A relishable hiking path connects the zoo park located at the base of Margalla Hills to Daman-e-Koh with an information board providing rudimentary information about Islamabad.