The capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is a well-developed city with rich culture, plenty of green spaces, and fun-filled entertainment options. You can even experience the sub-tropical climate with five distinct seasons here. To realise the true beauty of this place, exploring it is essential and choosing the right spots is equally important. That’s why we have made some suggestions.
Faisal Mosque is the biggest mosque of South Asia and the sixth largest in the world. It lies at an elevated level against the beautiful backdrop of the Margalla Hills. This means, one can see it from a distance as well! The monument’s architecture is contemporary by nature. Some time back, International Islamic University was housed in the main courtyard. The prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 devotees.
Lok Virsa Museum
Founded in 1974 ‘with the mandate for research, collection, documentation, communication, preservation and promotion of tangible and in-tangible heritage of the country’, the Lok Virsa Museum is an apt place for tourists to learn about the way of life in diverse regions of the nation. The statues, pictures, textile work, and pottery seem to all but speak out. It’s ‘Heritage Library’ has a compilation of more than 32,000 books and journals.
Rawal Lake is an artificial reservoir, which provides water to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The area around it has been planted with trees and beautiful gardens have been laid out. Private clubs offer diving and water skating facilities. The forest quite close to the lake is home to creatures such as Wild Boar, Jungle Cat, Fox, Porcupine, Indian Cobra, Jackal, Pangolin, and Russell’s viper.
Daman-e-Koh, a view point and hill-top garden lets you enjoy panoramic views. To take in fabulous sights of Islamabad, head to the Southern spot. Telescopes are placed here to help you enjoy the views. Fun Fact: Its name is a combination of two Persian words, which jointly translates to ‘foothills’.
Previously named as ‘Marghazar Zoo’, the Islamabad Zoo started in 1978 as a safe haven for leopards, spotted deer, and Indian gazelle. Within a short period of time, it gained the attention of countless people and soon turned into a component of the Japanese garden. A large cage for keeping birds was built up too. Today, visitors can check out birds and animals such as Green peafowl, ostrich, Steppe Eagle, leopard, Asian elephant, Chital, and Mugger crocodile.