Daman-e-Koh is a popular viewing
point in Islamabad. Its name is a
conjunction of two words: Daman,
which means center and Koh, which
means hill. Daman-e-Koh therefore
meaning center of the mountain.
It can also be interpreted as hem
of the mountain.

               Photography by: Isotropic Power


Daman-e-Koh Park:

This viewpoint is located north of
Islamabad in the middle of the
Margalla Hills. It has two picnic spots,
known as the "north" and "south"
viewpoints, with parking available at
both spots. On the north side, there is a
small cafe for tea, drinks and snacks.
On the south side, there is a restaurant
located for lunch and dinner. The south
side is a sightseeing spot from where
panoramic views of Islamabad are
available during the day and night.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Photography by: Faisal Saeed


Saidpur Model Village

Village Saidpur is situated just off
the Margalla Road, hardly at 5 minutes
drive from the upscale neighborhoods
of Islamabad. Capital Development
Authority (CDA) is developing Saidpur
into a tourist attraction, and is spending
a lot of money and efforts on resurrec-
ting the old village & giving it a quaint
look. The village surrounded by lush
green trees. A wooden kiosk undoubt-
edly added to the beauty of the area
while maintaining traditional look of
the well-preserved tourist spot. The
kiosk meant for serving traditional food
items to the tourists besides providing
them an ideal natural environment to
enjoy the food to its fullest extent.

               Photography by: Sabee Kazmi


Village Saidpur
[Nestled in the lap of Margalla Hills]

Saidpur is also known for making
unglazed pottery. According to Fauzia
Minallah, “The distinct cultural identity
of Saidpur has always been its pottery
and it has always been known as the
potters’ village.” She also mentions
two old potters of the village,
Niaz Muhammad and Rahim Dad.
Everything in the village reflects the
traditional ambience – the temple, the
stones used on the walls, the stacks
of hay, the horse-drawn carts and
all else shows what this Potohar
region really was.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Photography by: Faisal Saeed

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