Exploring Margalla Hills
By Noor Tariq
The Margalla Hills is a hill range from the foothills of the Himalayas. It is located within the Margalla Hills National Park preserved by Government of Pakistan (Check This Out: Margalla Hills National Park) towards the north of Islamabad, Pakistan. Its popular hill stations include Daman-e-Koh as well as Pir Sohawa. The Margalla Hills are a great place to view the whole city of Islamabad where you can see the skyline of the city as well as Rawal Lake’s view can be clearly seen. One can go there to relax, walk, hike, picnic, cycling and camping with friends and family over the weekends. It is full of hiking trails that make their way up towards ridgetops and down through forested valleys. There are 6 trails in the Margalla Hills open for public hiking and trekking.
These trails trekking range from short walks up to three days expert excursions. All of them are full of natural views and beauty. You may find streams of fresh springs flowing through as well.
It’s almost impossible that Islamabad miss out good cuisine and food tagged along. As we go up top we can find places such as Monal Restaurant and further ahead, Highland Country Club to enjoy good food.
At the foothills of Margalla, places like Islamabad Zoo and Japanese Park catch tourist’s attraction. Faisal Mosque, the biggest mosque in Asia is also present just along the hills. Islamabad enjoys recreational activities in style as well. It has Shalimar Cricket Ground at the Margalla Avenue where lads can play in the awesome environment.
In order to reach the Hills, Margalla road and Pir Sohawa road are good and standard roads. Apart from this, Grant Trunk Road (GT Road) is also a good option to reach the place.
Restaurants to Visit on Margalla Hills
If you live in Pakistan, you’re most likely familiar with Monal already. Situated at a height of about 1173 meters above sea level, this restaurant offers the latest facilities, coupled with the real feel of Pakistani heritage. The menu provides a diverse range of foods, created by combining various flavours from Arabic, Persian and Central Asian cultures.
The best part is, you can see your food being cooked right in front of your eyes, thanks to the five live kitchens that the place offers. So, you don’t have to worry about hygiene!
Weekly ghazal nights, piping hot desi food, and a picturesque sunset right before your eyes is all one could ask for on top of the majestic Margalla Hills.
This newly opened eatery is the perfect spot for a family outing on Margalla Hills. After being greeted by life-sized dinosaurs at the entrance, you will surely head back to the Jurassic period.
If you have kids, they’ll most likely get busy with the gazillion activities this place offers for them, while you enjoy your flavoursome meal on top of a mountain, with live classical music playing in the background. What else could you ask for?
Highland Country Club & Resort
Highland County Club & Resort offers gorgeous views of the magnificent Himalayan Mountains and the breathtaking Murree hill station. Not just that, the resort provides paid accommodation for its guests. Can you imagine what it’d feel like watching the sun set and rise from the mountains through your rooms window?
A wide range of delectable cuisines, coupled with various recreational facilities can also be found at the club, which is a few minutes drive from the resort. From corporate meetings to destination weddings, this place can cater all sorts of events.
Wild Mild Café
If you don’t want to drive too far into the hills, yet want quality food and an ambience that truly encapsulates the jungles, mountains and nature, Wild Mild Café is the place for you.
Situated just 1 km from Marghazar zoo, this is the ideal spot for munching on some mayo fries and karak chaye – a vey deadly combination, while enjoying a breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city.