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Pir Sohawa

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 in district Haripur of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Province, formerly called North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. Due to unknown reason, the name of village Pir Sohawa replaced the name of this recreation spot instead of Monal. A restaurant named as "Monal Restaurant" is located at Pir Sohawa site. Monal Restaurant was completed in 2006. Its spaceous 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, Pakistan.

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