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Simly Dam is considered to be the largest water reservoir for Islamabad, and is mainly fed by melting snow and river/springs from Muree and "Galians" (valleys). The Dam is situated 30 km from Islamabad. Going towards Muree, approx. 15 minutes drive from the Convention center in Islamabad, you will have to take a right from a marker/road sign pointing towards "Simly Dam road". Marker on one side is in Urdu, the other English. The road is not that wide, but is narrow and a bit broken down. Initially it will go through some market places and residential areas, but opens up to beautiful scenery on both sides. It is well worth a drive on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The problem in going to Simly is that one has to take permission (if you want to take the proper road into Simly Dam area). Alternate is that you will have to drive to the very end of a narrow road, get out of the car, and climb over an embankment/spillway (approx 5-6 foot high). We sweet-talked our way in from the main gate, stating that we have come so far, and weren’t aware of the permission. The guard was kind enough to let us in, but warned us not to go towards the locks/gates. On way out we offerred him some money for his kindness, but he refused to accept it (people like him are rare..hee hee!)
Fishing is allowed but again with permission. But than there was no one around to stop you. We saw amateur anglers catching their dinner. Although it was claimed there were water sports, we did not see any, except for several picnickers swimming in the water.
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