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    Smile A ride in the clouds: Khanpur via Margalla Hills

    Assalam-o-Allaikum friends,

    I enjoyed a short bike ride around Margalla Hills last Sunday (08 March 2015).

    Route: From Islamabad through Pir Sohawa towards Khanpur and return to Rawalpindi via GT Road from Taxila.

    Total distance traveled: 140 KM

    Duration: 6.5 hours (without any break)

    40% of travel was above clouds and remaining 60% under freezing rain.

    Alhamdulillah, the trip was completed successfully, though I am still in the process of recovery from extreme cold

    Enjoy the blurry pictures. Cheers

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    Nice. How good is the road from Pir Sohawa to Khanpur?
    What is the distance frim Pir Sohawa to Khanpur?

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    Road in front of United Bakery, Super Market, Islamabad (used to be starting point of all the wonderful hikes with Asian Study Group in good old days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proverbial_Slang View Post
    Nice. How good is the road from Pir Sohawa to Khanpur?
    What is the distance frim Pir Sohawa to Khanpur?

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    Road was pretty good for bike riding. There are some small villages on the way. A local hourly bus/van was seen on the route.

    I think the distance between Pir Sohawa to Khanpur dam is about 50 km.
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    Views from Damn-e-Koh

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    My humble attempt for a panoramic view of Islamabad.

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    Some more views from Margalla Hills on way to Monal:

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    My ride ...

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    You might have seen this guy somewhere. He has been touring all over Pakistan.

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    Views from somewhere around Highland Resort after Pir Sohawa.

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    It's some sort of water control system ... Any idea what this is?

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    Tribal guys were happy to see me ... they waved when I was taking this photo, but I did not stick around to enjoy their hospitality
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    Now, this was the turning point of the trip. This place is somewhere near "Kohala Bala".

    Last time I was on this route, I turned right and ended up going towards Lora and exited at Murree Road (near Lawrence College). This time, I turned left and moved upwards (and ended up at Khanpur). Apparently, if I had moved further on right side of the road, I would have come up to a fork where right side goes to Lora and left towards Haripur (Hattar?). Please confirm.

    May be next time ...

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    Some villages on the way ... wonderful landscape.
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    A beautiful mosque ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by makpak View Post
    It's some sort of water control system ... Any idea what this is?

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    Tribal guys were happy to see me ... they waved when I was taking this photo, but I did not stick around to enjoy their hospitality
    this must be a panchaki bhai..............
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    Some valley views ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by makpak View Post
    A beautiful mosque ...

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    this is darkot village....
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    probably same bridge captured by me

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    Arch Bridge by Asif Saeed [......Hmmmm.......], on Flickr
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    It was getting rather lonely up there ... Then I heard the thunder and I knew I had to start my descend

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    this is darkot village....
    Thanks Asif bhai. Much appreciated.
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