Short Walks in the Margallas

Trial%202%20in%20the%20Margallas.JPGThere are a few short walks in the Margallas that could draw special attention given the weather has improved a lot. I am listing here a few that some might find interesting, especially as a weekend walk. The attached GPS image of the trails might help. CDA has gone an extra mile to pave, and maintain these tracks, with sign boards to guide the hikers.

There is a trail from the Islamabad Zoo (the point is called Marghzar) to Daman-e-Koh (viewpoint). The trail starts behind the zoo and zigzags steeply uphill to the viewpoint. It only takes about 20 minutes to walk up. The trail is quite popular and may be crowded on Sundays.

From Damn-e-Koh there are several hikes to the surrounding hill tops. They are all well maintained, have umbrella shaped shades at the picnic spots, and are heavily used on Sundays. No special explanation is needed as you may see them from the parking area.

There is a trail from the Pir Sohawa road near Daman-e-Koh to the “Second View Point”. The trail starts from the road near the kiosk (World Wildlife Sign). It leads in about 20 minutes to a hilltop (with shade) from where you have an excellent view. The place does not draw large crowds.

Please take special care if you venture out on these trails at night. The area has a good number of monkeys and wild boars.

(Note: Reposting from some of my older “guest” posts because the older ones had to be deleted as per ISB MB policy)

2 Comments so far

  1. A for apple (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    Cool though the track shown in Google earth here does not convince me on SHORT WALK term …:>

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    Yeah I should have concluded the post by a warning “Keep out of the reach of children and the faint hearted”..:P

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