Daman-e-Koh on the Margalla hills gives a splendid view of Islamabad below.
Its name is a conjunction of Urdu & Persian words: Daman, which means center and Koh, which means hill. Daman-e-Koh therefore meaning center of the hill.
It is a viewing point and hill top garden north of Islamabad and located in the middle of the Margalla Hills. Road winds up from north end of 7th Avenue. The road passes through various woody areas and hiking trails, and a place where several monkeys are visible on the road (because visitors feed them). It is a ten minute drive or 45 minute walk. There are couple of snack bars and now the area has been renovated with golf cart taking you around.
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.
Daman-e-Koh is 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. There is a plan to construct a chairlift from Daman-e-Koh to Pir Sohawa.
There are crowds on Fridays. 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.
View of Islamabad from Daman-e-Koh
In the distance are Rawal Lake and Rawalpindi, and on a clear day after rain you can see far out over the Potwar Plateau beyond Rawalpindi to the Salt Range on the horizon.The road behind the viewpoint leads on up to the top of the ridge and then east towards Murree.
Monkeys are a common sight during winter. Cheetahs are frequently reported to descend from higher hills of Murree during snowfall.
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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. There is also a large sign installed showing an original map of Islamabad.
The views are amazing. You can spend the day there easily. Have a meal, just sit and chill with friends!! Go before sunset, so you can experience both day and night views.
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