One of the most wonderful thing about the the twin city is its surroundings. Starting from the Margala Hills National Park at the edge of Islamabad, the range of Himalayan foot hills starts which seems to be never ending. In a single day trip there are so many options for everyone, either you are a trekker or just fond of picnic in a nature.
These mountain peaks toward north takes you to the nice town of Murree, also known and Malika-e-Kohsar, which mean the Queen of Hill. Being only at an hour drive northeast of Islamabad, its a place where lofty peaks tower above green pine-covered slopes, and is the most popular and visited summer resort in Pakistan.
As you move forward, there are series of Galis, small towns like Daryagali, Khairagali, Dungagali & Nathiagali…. which are more peaceful than the bazaars of Murree and there are so many options of small hiking trips.
One of option is Mukshpuri, a beautiful hill 9,200 feet above sea level, second highest of peak in Galiyat region with a series of wooden spurs towards Jhelum Valley.
Only hours of drive from the twin city (about 90 km in the north of Islamabad), one can be at Dungagali, which is located at the slopes of Mushkpuri Hill. This may be one of the closest places where you can gain such height. Starting from Pines Hotel Nathiagali or Deewan House Dungagali, the trek passes upward through lush green forests. Beautiful Daisies dance and swing to greet the hiker and sets the romantic charm, specially in the rainy weather with hide and seek of the scenery is all around you.
This trek unveil the beauty of Ayubia National Park as well as the Nathiagali and Miranjani Top. The meadow hidden at a wonderful height from where one can overlook the areas of Azad Kashmir & Hazara Division on a clear day.
If you’re looking for a great way to get exercise and spend some quality time in nature, a hike is the way to go. Being in nature is as important as the exercise itself. There’s just something about nature that speaks to many people.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was a very nice experience to company all those nature lovers to one of the closest place where you can feel, out of world, be with nature and feel like top of the world… I would really like to thank all of my fellow for being there on the Top of Mukshpuri. We really had some quality time with alike souls.
Slowly, we started the last leg of the trek. As I turned and looked back towards the east, where we were coming from, I was left with a strong sense of something, something that is too magical to describe in words. It was a perfect gradient of cool and warm as the sun was shining over the trail and we entered into the world of something very magical, it felt like the highway into the nature.
Nothing in life is more than change of feelings. The most excited and rewarded is sudden flash of insight that leaves you a changed person; not only changed, but changed for better. Such moments are rare certainly, but they come to all of us. Sometimes from a book, a sermon, a line of poetry, & sometimes from a friend.
It should by our inferiority to expect the dignified light in all aspects of life. It doesn’t matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years – we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on. Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth.