Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pir Sohawa Most Amazing and Fascinating Tourist Spot of Islamabad

I was very excited on this Eid ul Fitre holidays because my Uncle Zulfiqar sent an invitation to me for a trip to Pir Sohawa one of the most amazing and fascinating tourist spot located in Margalla Hills Islamabad. Pir Sohawa is an upland scenic rural location, at an elevation of about 5000 ft, popular for recreational walk and picnics in Islamabad and is located close to Monal village which exists on the slope towards Islamabad city.
Actually Pir Sohawa is a village located at border of Islamabad and district Haripur of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Province, formerly called North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.
Right now a restaurant named as "Monal Restaurant" which is located at Pir Sohawa is converted into the hot spot to visit for the tourists not only form Islamabad but from whole Pakistan and now foreigners are also coming to see this amazing restaurant which was completed in 2006. Its spacious terraces provide a breathtaking view of Islamabad in clear day light and a stunningly beautiful show of the city lights at the bottom, after sunset. One can enjoy the breeze and fragrance, especially during summer's hot days, of thick forest present all around.
This is a unique point where one can compare the urban and rural Pakistan simply by turning the head from one side looking at Islamabad to other side looking towards rear lush green valley with villages, flowing streams and mountains beyond.
Pir Sohawa attracts tourists in winter, as the elevation (+5000 ft) is sufficient for occasional snowfall. Its a popular place among the citizens of Islamabad, as well as the foreign visitors and tourists.
This place is connected to Islamabad by a road, on which is located Daman-e-Koh, a fantastic forest-garden and a picnic point worth visiting. It is a destination point for a hiking trip from the bottom of Margalla Hills climbing 3000 ft almost vertically straight up from the village of Saidpur, Islamabad.
Historically, when there were no roads available, Pir Sohawa top was a midway resting point for travellers of Hazara areas north of Islamabad, ascending and descending the Rear Mountains and heading towards Rawalpindi.
We started our tour on a four wheel Jeep specially built for hilly tracks. My Uncle also arranged a goat for our wild lunch during this fascinating tour.

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