Driving to Gokina

Monday 11th September 2006

Driving to Gokina

I've been living in Islamabad for over three years and must have gone to Gokina (the spot at the top of the hills, on the way to Pir Sohawa), or to Pir Sohawa itself, dozens of times, but I never (successfully at least) drove there on my own.

My last attempt was a long time ago, only a few weeks after I had gotten the car. At that time, I wasn't aware of the engine's capabilities, had next to zero knowledge in car maintenance, plus had never driven in a hilly area. I didn't even know how far we had to go.

It was pretty close to the top (so I now know) that the engine gave up and I realized that the car had overheated. Let's forget the fact that in those days, I hardly ever checked the radiator (it's done almost daily now), or that I shouldn't have switched the engine off. Yes, I switched it off, right there on the slope, opened the bonnet and slowly started to unscrew the cap. You can imagine what happened next.

An eruption of steam and boiling water flung the cap high into the air and threw me a few feet away, though thankfully, without the slightest injury. Upon the advice of a passerby, I kept the engine running for a while and waited for it to cool down a little. Then turned around as soon as the car was able to and back down I went, thinking I'll never take this risk again.

That was 2004 (not a good year for my driving). Forward to 10th September 2006, a Sunday where me, my sister and Ali were contemplating on going to F-9 park to pass time when on an impulse, I turned the car towards the Pir Sohawa road and up we went. That's the beauty of Islamabad. A 10-20 minute drive (depending on how much you value your life) brings you to the top of the world.

We got up to the top without any issues and the car handled it pretty well. It was one of the most fun drives of my life and that, plus the excellent view and atmosphere at the newly opened restaurant at the top, made it well worth the effort.

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On 6th October 2006, at 12:53pm PKT, Babar said:

Here is the telephone number of the new resturant (Monal) at Gokina 03218466211 for advance reservation.

On 4th August 2009, at 17:19pm PKST, zarband baig barlas said:

i live in talhar village which is near by the gokina village. in the way of gokina and talhar thera is islamabad zoo, daman e koh, some picnic points and spots of sitting and the monal resturant and tent village world. I will say about the driving of this road you should drive slow and very carefully. The turns and hights are very dangers . A little carelessness will cause of accident.You drive and enjoy the site but not to be loss care. i want to write for a care full driver. ...toon shaheen hai parwaz hai kam tera ...teray samnay asman or be hain and want to write for a carelessness driver. khuda hafiz.

On 4th August 2009, at 17:32pm PKST, shakeel khan (PSF) ISLAMABAD said:

I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU SHOULD CARE DURING THE DRIVING ON THIS ROAD. YOU SHOULD GO TO THE DAMANE KOH AND THE WAY OF THE JUNGLE. I WANT TO SAY DURING THE TRACKING THERE WILL BE SOME POSTS OF POLICE WHO GIVE YOU PROTOCOL. I WILL SAY ABOUT THE MONKEYS OF THE DAMAN E KOH WAY YOU SHOULD NOT FREE THEM AND DONT BREAK YOUR CAR IN THE BECAUSE OF THIS STAP THE OTHER WILL DISTURB AND THE ROAD WILL BLOCK. I WILL SAY ABOUT THE LOCAL TRANSPORT THE PEOPLE NOT SIT OT THE ROOF OF THE VANS. I WILL SAY THE MOTER WAY POLICE PLEASE MAKE A POST ON DAMAN E KOH WAY AND CHICK THE PEOPLES AND PUBLIC VANS OVER LOAD AND OVER PASSANGERS. THIS ACT WILL MAKE US SAVE AND THE ACCEDENT WILL COME TO END. THE SECOND COMENTS ARE ABOUT YOUNG GENRATION . THEY DO NOT THROUGH STON ON SIGHN BORDS THIS IS OUR OWN LOSS. I WILL SAY C

On 5th August 2009, at 10:13am PKST, Asim Khan Awan said:

i want to say about the national park zoon 3 area that the local people are damageing the stons and the plants of the gokina and talhar village. Near the road siad and near the home they work out on CDA places .CDA do not take ection on these peoples they make house in national park and they cut the trees and damages the stons for controction . I will request the chairman of CDA through this massage to take action about this volation and make a bondry line between the peoples personal property and the CDA areas . Thanks

On 5th August 2009, at 13:53pm PKST, M. Rafeez Ahmed said:

I live in a village near gokina. i want to say about the people of the gokina and talhar to make a young genration party and make a revelotion against the old and cruppt mans like mr. abrar hussain , Mr. Masood khan raja and Mr. Rukan zaman khan numberdar . I will say that our future will be saved when we come front and change this old system. They make there homes with Governament's funds. It is our duty to stop it.

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On 18th August 2009, at 12:45pm PKST, raja muhammad matloob said:

i want to say about the road of daman e koh and gokina that the driving is very hard and very dangers on this road. The moter way police is very lasy and very unresponsiable . They do not make action against the over loading on this road. The local transport do not abid by the rols . The vans over loded the mans . When the man see the moter way police they come into the vans. Sir pleas i request the incharge of moter way police to round on this road.

On 18th August 2009, at 12:48pm PKST, Haji Dildar khan said:

i want to say about this road this is very beautiful view of islamabad. But the local public transport is not showing responsiblity. They local driver sits over pasangers. When the pasangers looks the moterway police they come into the van but when they goen the people sits on the roof. I want to request the incharge of moter way police sir pleas make round on this road and cut the challan.

On 18th August 2009, at 12:50pm PKST, Mir Haider Hussain Shah said:

SIR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS VERY BAD ON GOKINA AND TALHAR AND DAMAN E KOH SIR I WANT TO RAQUEST THE SSP TRAFIC POLICE SIR PLEASE MAKE ROUND ON THIS ROAD AND CUT THE CHALLAN TO THE LOCAL TRANSPORT POLICE

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On 28th September 2009, at 17:20pm PKST, hafeez ur rehman said:

i want to say the driving on the dam an e koh road is very beautifiull but the moter way police do not look at the rool and regelation on this road and the are over loading in the local want which stop on the top of a dangeris place and not give the way to the back wan.

On 28th September 2009, at 17:21pm PKST, karnal islam saeed said:

i want to say on the driving on the daman e koh road that this road is very good locakated placed but the moter way police is not notifying on the problems on this road and the over loading is very dangers on this road .


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