Islamabad is the federal capital of Pakistan and is by a long way the most beautiful of the large cities. By population, Islamabad ranks as the ninth largest city in the country. Its strategic location of the country and its proximity to the Army headquarters made it an ideal location for the capital city. The city has been planned right from its inception in the 1960s and unlike other cities which tend to grow outwards from their centers, Islamabad has been completed on the blueprints and the areas are slowly being populated. Below is a list of the top 10 places you can visit during your stay in the city.
10. Rose and Jasmine Garden
This garden is located a 10-minute walk away from the Melody Food Street and has many flowers on display. The best time to visit this place is during the spring months of April and May, when the flowers are visible from a distance.
9. Faisal Mosque
This is more a work of art than a place of worship. Faisal Mosque is the sixth largest mosque in the world and its design is meant to resemble the tent of a Turkish Bedouin.
8. Melody Food Street
Located a five-minute drive away from the city center, visit the Melody Food Street to experience Pakistani cuisine at its best. The variety is huge and the atmosphere lively.
7. Gallery 6
This is the biggest private art gallery in the city with over 400 feet of display walls. A large collection of art by local artists is featured here and the place cannot be missed by art enthusiasts.
6. Shakar Parian hills and Pakistan Monument
These hills are located in the geographic center of the city and a beautiful view of the entire city is on offer from the top. Furthermore, there is a museum which tells the story about the creation of Pakistan as a separate entity.
5. Lok Virsa Museum and Café
This museum showcases the many different cultures of Pakistan. A lot of artifacts and cultural symbols are on display here so that a single visit to this museum will give an insight to the average tourist about what goes on in the entire country.
4. Saidpur Model Village
This is a beautiful model village constructed especially for visitors and tourists. It gives a taste of rural lifestyle which is prevalent across the country. Also there are many delicious food outlets which have traditional Pakistani foods on their menus.
Murree itself is a small city located two hours’ drive away from Islamabad and most people from across the country visit Islamabad just as a base camp before going to Murree.
2. Rawal Lake
This is number two on the list because the lake is conveniently situated next to the residential neighborhoods so that one can take a stroll and enjoy a session of fishing or bird-watching.
1. Pir Sohawa and Daman-e-Koh
No visit to Islamabad is completed without taking a trip to the top of the Margallah hills, which are situated directly north of the city. There are superb food outlets and beautiful gardens in both stations of the hill.