Daman-e-Koh is a viewpoint and top hill garden located in the middle of Margalla Hills, to the north of Islamabad, Pakistan. It is about 2400ft from sea level and 500ft from the capital city of Islamabad with the common sight of monkeys during the winter season. The name, Daman-e-Koh derives from two Persian words; Daman means lap and Koh mean Mountain, which together means lap of mountain or foothills. For tourists, it is a midpoint on their way to the higher viewpoint Pir Sohawa with about 4800ft above from sea level which is located on the top of Margalla Hills.
Daman-e-Koh is considered good picnic point with fresh air; tourists experience unique views of Islamabad, Faisal Mosque, Seventh Avenue, Rawal Lake and Islamabad Zoo. Monkeys are found common during winter season mostly with their quest for food from tourists.
The top of Margalla Hills, Pir Sohawa is situated at about 12 km drive to the top from Daman-e-Koh. It is famous for top views of Islamabad city with real green jungle in the hills of Pir Sohawa after monsoon rains.
Sunset at the top of hills offers some of nature’s most glorious moments.
Islamabad Zoo is situated in the base of Margalla Hills, which was opened in 1978 as a refuge for leopards, spotted deer, and Indian gazelle found in the region.
The monument of Airblue Flight 202 crash on July 28, 2010, is also found on way to Daman-e-Koh.
A carpeted road from the base of Margalla Hills takes you to the top with its unique adventurer maneuvers around the hills. During night, lights on this road depict the scene of zigzag line around the hills which can be seen from Islamabad city.
The Monal Restaurant is situated in middle, while you drive for Pir Sohawa from Daman-e-Koh. People also stay in hotels of Islamabad and visit the site during daylight.
Major nearby hospitals in the city like Federal Government General Hospital and PNS Hafeez – Naval Hospital can be reached by dialing 1122 or using personal vehicles in approximately 16 minutes by driving 7 km.