Shah Allah Ditta will be getting a new trail. The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) plans to build a new walking trail near the caves of Shah Allah Ditta to attract more local and international visitors to this historic monument.
According to reports, the IWMB chairperson paid a visit to the ancient site and requested that the relevant officials prepare a proposal to develop a walking track. The picturesque spot is part of the protected Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP), but there is no effective patrolling system to ensure its safety.
The IWMB will also set up a new mechanism to conduct patrols and keep an eye on those allegedly involved in snatching forest sections from the national park. The 44-kilometre Margalla Ridge route, which runs from Shah Allah Ditta to Summa in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, was worth noting that it was launched in November 2018.
Shah Allah Ditta, a centuries-old settlement at the foothills of the Margallah hills, is one of the primary tourist attractions due to 2,500-year-old Buddhist caves built near the shrine of Hazrat Shah Allah Ditta a Mughal-era saint.
There is a cave custodian whose grandfather was given this task by a Hindu family after the subcontinent’s participation. For locals, these caverns have religious importance because worshippers frequently visit this location throughout the year. In the heart of the Margalla highlands, the IWMB, part of the climate change ministry, has been creating walking paths and tracks for visitors and trekkers.
According to a representative for the Ministry of Climate Change, a plan is to build additional walking routes in the Margalla highlands, with the IWMB having recently opened several of them.
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