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Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan, and is federally administered as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Built as a planned city in the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad is noted for its high standards of living, safety, and abundant greenery.

Islamabad was developed next to an old city called Rawalpindi.  More often than not, tourists get confused at bus stands or railway stations of Lahore and other cities once they do not find any bus or train heading Islamabad.  For coming to Islamabad, tourists need to buy ticket for Rawalpindi and it is just stone throwing distance away from Islamabad.

Anyone visiting Pakistan, especially going to Northern Areas is likely to pass through Islamabad. It may not be as good as north but it can be considered as prelude to the north exhibiting ample glimpses about the beauty of Pakistan.

Best months to visit Islamabad are from September to April once weather is either moderate or cold. May to August weather remain hot and relatively unbearable for tourism point of view.

Islamabad is linked with major cities of the World through Islamabad International Airport.  Moreover, this city is well connected with rest of the country with network of National Highways and Motorways.  All kind of public and private transport is available to reach Islamabad.  

There are variety of options for boarding and lodging in Islamabad ranging from Marriott or Sarina Hotels to 3-4 stars hotels and numerous guest houses.  Moreover, there is no dearth of  variety of restaurants and eateries of national and international fame. 

People of Islamabad are educated and friendly to visiting tourist.  Sizable community of diplomats from around the world also resides in this city.

Daman-i-Koh, Margalla Zoo, Pakistan Monument, Faisal Mosque, Shakarparian, Lok Virsa Museum and Rawal Lake view point are among the top tourist attractions in Islamabad.

Daman-i-Koh /Pir Shohawa Road

Daman-e-Koh is a viewing point and hill top garden north of Islamabad and located in the middle of the Margalla Hills.  Its name is a conjunction of two Persian words, which together means foot hills. It is about 800 meters above sea level and almost 150-200 meters above the city of Islamabad. It is a popular destination for the residents as well as tourists visiting  the capital.  The Southern spot is the main attraction as it provides a panoramic view of Islamabad. The visitors experience a unique view of Faisal Mosque, various parts of Islamabad city and Rawal Lake.   Telescopes are installed for keen observers as well. Tea and other refreshments are available from various stalls and small restaurants.

Daman-e-Koh is a midpoint for tourists on their way to the higher view point Pir Sohawa which is located at the top of Margalla Hills at an elevation of about 1200 meters above sea level. A number of high quality restaurants and eateries have been established at this point and it is one of must-visit place for the visitor of Islamabad.

If one follows same road, it enters in KP Province of Pakistan after a few kilometers which one can sense while crossing the police check post.   After driving about 30-40 minutes one reaches at another tourist attraction called Highland Country Club and Resort in the middle of lush green hills. This is also a must-see place depending upon the availability of time and transport.


Shakarparian Complex

Shakarparian  is a hill and a local park in Islamabad, Pakistan.    The park is located near the Zero Point Interchange.   While planning the city of Islamabad, this place was frequently used as briefing point.  Later, a park was developed and almost all the dignitaries around the world have planted trees on this hilltop.  White marble plaques are fixed with each tree  for easy identification.  Tourists and foreign diplomat are often seen visiting this place.

Pakistan Monument is located in Shakarparian Hill.  The monument was constructed to symbolize the unity of the Pakistani people. It is dedicated to the people of Pakistan who sacrificed their “today” for a better “tomorrow”. Its elevation makes the monument visible from across the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area and is a popular tourist destination.

Another important landmark located close by is the Heritage Museum,  or Lok Virsa  of history and culture  of Pakistan,   showcasing the living cultures of Pakistan.   The museum consists of several buildings as well as an outdoor museum which can accommodate up to 3000 visitors.  Lok Virsa library, Publication and media centers are located next to the museum.  It is a must-see place for all tourists coming to Pakistan.

 Faisal Masjid (Mosque)

It is 4th largest Masjid in the world and is located on the foothills of Margalla Hills at Islamabad. Combined the structure covers an area of 54,000 square feet, the Masjid dominates the landscape of Islamabad and is visible from long distances.   This Masjid features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent.   This Masjid is a major tourist attraction in Islamabad in particular and is referred as a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture.  Faisal Masjid can accommodate about 300,000 worshippers at one time. Each of the Mosque’s four minarets are the tallest minarets in South Asia reaching 79 meters high and measure 10×10 metres in circumference.  Tourist will have to remove their footwear while entering in the Masjid.  Ladies are expected to wear decent dress and should preferably cover their head with shawl while entering.   Wearing skirt, shorts etcetera are not to be worn if one desires to enter in the Masjid.