Pir Sohawa

Pir Sohawa is a highland picturesque rural sight, at an altitude of 5000 feet (1524 meters), located near Islamabad (the capital of Pakistan). Many people think its part of Islamabad but geographically it is located in  Haripur District, KPK. The scenic place is praised for trips and holiday picnics in Islamabad and is sighted near Monal Village, which exist on the incline against Islamabad city.The place is linked to Islamabad by a winding road on which Daman-e-Koh (a viewing point and hill top garden) is located and it takes 35 minutes drive to reach it from the city. It is about 13 kilometers from Marghzar. The sight presents a fantastic and picturesque view of Islamabad city during day and night.

The sight is an ideal place for enjoying picnics in forest while listening to singing birds and watching wildlife. After rains of monsoon forest in the hills of Pir Sohawa turns green. The sight is end point for hiking trips from the foot of Margla Hills, rising 3000 feet (914 meters) almost vertically upward from the Saidpur Village, Islamabad.

A restaurant called “Monal Resturant” is located at Pir Sohawa. Completed in 2006, the restaurant presents a breathtaking view of the city of Islamabad in day and amazingly beautiful show of the city lights during night. One can adore fragrance and breeze, especially in hot days of summer, with thick forest present all around. The place also attracts tourist during winter, as being a place sufficient for occasional snow fall due to an altitude of 5000 feet.

Pir Sohawa is the most beloved place for picnics and tours among the citizens of Islamabad and also liked by foreign visitors and tourists. A beautiful view of Faisal Mosque and Islamabad city can be seen from this place.

Quick facts about Pir Sohawa:

  • Height of Pir Sohawa is 1524 meters (5000 feet) above seal level.
  • The famous Monal restaurant at Pir Sohawa is named after Monal Village located near by.
  • It takes approximately 35 minutes drive on windy road of Pir Sohawa to reach the top.


Map of Pir Sohawa

Map of Pir Sohawa – click on map image to see detailed map