Islamabad - The hiking trails at Margalla National Park are attracting a large number of people from twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for recreation activities.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA), the civic body of the city has beautiful erected a trails for the people who want to enjoy hiking and jogging. Some of the people are visiting the trails in routine, while some enjoying trails on the weekend with their families and even children can be seen enjoying on the hiking tracks. Particularly, senior citizen also can be seen on Trail 3 of the Margalla National Park in early morning and evening.

The Margalla Hills are effectively foothills of the Himalayas - and are easily accessible from Islamabad. The more popular walks are Trail 3, Trail 5 and the Zoo Trail.

Talking to APP, Suleman a visitor said that he used to come on Trail 3 on daily basis along his friends. In summer a large water bottle and a change of t-shirt are necessary for hiking walk as he would drenched in sweat by the time get to the top. Another visitor Bilal said that he come to the hills on every weekend along his family, saying that it was a good source for exercise and entertainment for them.

He said that it was best to start walking in the morning before 5:30 pm, as it is uncomfortable during daytime in hot weather.

Dr Asif a medical practitioner said that hiking exercises almost every part of your body: legs, knees, ankles, arms, hips and butt, abdominal, shoulders and neck. Hiking exercises your body and your mind, and nourishes your imagination, he added.

He said that hiking improved muscular fitness, lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breast cancer, reduced depression and lower risk of early death etc.

He suggested, the people should regularly exercise and eat healthy to live a good life and avoid medical complications in old age.

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has produced a set of cultural documentaries and over 500 audiocassette of nation’s cultural heritage.

Lok Virsa is one of the largest publishers of the traditional music and culture. Audio and videocassettes, CDs, VCDs and DVDs produced by Lok Virsa are available in the market, an official of Lok Virsa told APP here on Monday.

He said that the centre at Islamabad, adding that the equipped mobile units of the centre can reach any part of the country to capture an event, has established a professional video studio.

He said that Lok Virsa works towards creating an awareness of cultural legacy by collecting, documenting, disseminating and projecting folk and traditional heritage.