Hills National Park
east of the national capital Islamabad,
in the province of Punjab
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Credit: Pakistan Nature Photo Gallery
(M. Faisal Choudry)
Hills National Park, is located in the foothills of the Himalayan range.
The topography is rugged, with numerous valleys and many steep and even
precipitous slopes. The area is drained by the River Kurang and its
tributaries, which flow into the River Soan. This park is the most
accessible park in Pakistan due to its close proximity to the national
capital, Islamabad. A visitor centre is planned for Daman-E-Koh, providing
lounge accommodation and an information service. Lodges, camping grounds
and picnic sites are also planned and the provision of a chair lift may be
Hills are unique in Pakistan, being rich in Sinohimalayan fauna, some
species (especially birds) of which are at the western extremity of their
distribution. It is an extention of the Islamabad wildlife sanctuary,
which includes the Shakar Parian Hills and the Rawal Lake. The park was
setup to provide refugee to the Gray Goral, Barking deer and the Leopard.
Protection to these animals have benefitted other unusual and interesting
smaller animal as well. Margalla Hills Park provides an excellent
opportunity for bird watching. A Cheer Pheasant hatchery has been
established at Chak Jabri and Dhok Jewan to raise captive Cheer pheasants
that have become extinct in the hills. These are then released in the
in the park include--Asiatic leopard (T), Wild boar (C),
Golden Jackal (C), Rhesus Macaque (V), Leopard cat (R),
Gray Goral sheep (V), Barking deer (V), Chinkara gazelle (R),
Red fox (C), Pangolin (R), Porcupine (C), Yellow
throated marten (R) and Fruit bats (C).
T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common, ?=Unknown.
in the park are--Himalayan Griffon vulture, Laggar falcon, Peregrine
falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk, Egyptian vulture, White cheeked
bulbul, yellow vented bulbul, Paradise flycatcher, Black partridge, Cheer
pheasant, Khalij pheasant, Golden oriole, Spotted dove, Collared dove,
Larks, Shrikes, Wheatears and buntings.
in the park are--Russell's viper, Indian cobra, Himalayan pit viper and
Saw scaled viper.
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