January 28, 2021 0 Comments Lifestyle, Travel

Best Places To Visit In Islamabad

13 Best Places To Visit In Islamabad in 2021

Are you fond of travelling and want to explore the best places to visit?

Do you want to explore the mesmerizing beauty, cultures, and traditions of the world?

Then you really should not miss visiting the “Second Most Beautiful Capital” in the world.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. It is famous for its greenery, peaceful but lively ambience, cleanliness and tourist attractions. It is a well-organized, less populated, and well-maintained city related to its twin city named Rawalpindi. There are eight zones in Islamabad, and it serves as a hub of businesses. Here, the living standard of people is way better than in other cities.

Islamabad reflects the natural image of emerging Pakistan. It has several scenic view spots like Margalla Hills, Daman-e-Koh, Lake View Park, Fatima Jinnah Park, religious architectural places like Faisal Mosque, historical places like Heritage Museum, Pakistan Monument, Saidpur Village, and shopping areas like Centaurus Mall. Let’s explore the best places to visit in Islamabad.

Scenic View Points:

1. Daman-e-Koh:

best places to visit in Islamabad

Daman-e-Koh
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It has one of the most stunning hotspot picnic and tourist points where you can experience a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful city of Islamabad. Daman-e-Koh is approximately 500 feet high above the ground, and it is well managed by the Government. The area is beautifully decorated with different kinds of flowers. It has a spacious parking area, a variety of food spots, and shopping stalls for visitors.

You will experience the eye-catching lush green trees surrounding the thrilling wavy roads while moving towards the Daman-e-Koh. The cool breeze will calm your nerves and create a soothing effect. If you love rain, it will be the perfect spot for you to enjoy dancing raindrops on your face because Islamabad is one of many cities with heavy rainfall in Pakistan because of the humid subtropical climate.

Not only that, but you can also capture the stunning sunset and marvellous scenic view of the entire city in your camera and save it as a memory.

2. Margalla Hills:

best places to visit in Islamabad

Margalla Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the extension of the Himalayan range that surrounds Islamabad city. There are very few cities in the world dignifying with such a beautiful closeness with nature as Islamabad. The fertile soil of this area helps the different species of herbs, shrubs, and plants to grow. Local people are using many plants and herbs for medicinal uses.

It is also a natural habitat of various species of animals, especially monkeys. The authorities have put their best to offer you the best possible services so that tourists roam around safely and explore the natural beauty of this place.

There are eight hiking trails starts from different locations in the forest of Margalla hills. Trail 3 and 5 are the most famous trails. Hiking trail 3 is an arduous hike of almost 2 hours that ends up at two prominent food spots, Monal restaurant, and La Montana, while trail 5 starts at the end of Margalla road, while it is easy at first up to 1.8 KM but becomes steep when you go ahead further. It takes almost 3 hours of a strenuous hike to reach the top of Pir Sohawa. You will view mesmerizing and refreshing water streams and spring throughout the way.
If you are making a hiking plan here, do not forget to bring water bottles with you. You should also wear comfortable jogging shoes, sunglasses and a sun cap so that you can fully enjoy your adventurous journey.

3. Lake View Park:

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Lake View Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake View Park is an international standard recreational and picnic point. It is at the bank of Rawal Lake. Rawal Lake is an artificial water reservoir that runs from the Margalla hills. This park has the third-largest bird-cage in the world. There are different amusement activities like barbecues with your family and friends, fishing, swimming, boating, water bike riding, train rides, rock climbing, quad climbing, and different fine restaurants. Also, it has a zoo of rare bird species that is another attraction for tourists.

You can spend a fascinating weekend at the lake view park as its lush green lawns offer ample space for sitting, eating, and cherishing with family. In the meantime, you can view the astonishing scene of the sunset, which is creating a beautiful reflection in Rawal Lake.

Historical Places:

4. Lok Virsa Museum:

If you want to know everything about Pakistan under a single roof, it is the must-visit place for you. The Heritage Museum Lok Virsa Museum showcases the history, traditions, and different cultures of Pakistan. It is the largest museum in Pakistan, covering a vast area of 60,000 square feet, and can accommodate almost 3000 visitors at a time.

It has a vast building on two floors where you can spend quality time while exploring different exhibition halls. Pakistani culture has displayed by paintings, pictures, music, traditional dresses, statues, calligraphy, traditional block printing of Karor Pakka, handicraft shops, wooden and metal artwork, etc.

It also showcases the reshaping through the cutting stone of Gandhara civilization. Pakistani driver’s famous tradition of decorating their vehicles called truck art, pottery, music, and all Pakistani cultures in pictorial panoramas. Lok Virsa library has a bulk of traditional and cultural books. It also has a café where you can enjoy your favourite food and listen to traditional folk music. Lake view park is an international standard recreational and picnic point. It is at the bank of Rawal Lake. Rawal Lake is an artificial water reservoir that runs from the Margalla hills. This park has the third-largest bird-cage in the world. There are different amusement activities like barbecues with your family and friends, fishing, swimming, boating, water bike riding, train rides, rock climbing, quad climbing, and different fine restaurants. Also, it has a zoo of rare bird species that is another attraction for tourists.

You can spend a fascinating weekend at the lake view park as its lush green lawns offer ample space for sitting, eating, and cherishing with family. In the meantime, you can view the astonishing scene of the sunset, which is creating a beautiful reflection in Rawal Lake.

5. Pakistan Monument:

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Pakistan Monument

Pakistan Monument is another historical place at Shakar Pariyan Hills. It can be seen easily due to its unique design and elevation. Its spectacular design comes up from rich Mughal architecture and depicts the symbolic representation of Pakistan. It looks like a flower and has seven petals decorated with famous landmarks, from which four are larger petals while the other three are smaller. Four larger petals symbolize the four provinces Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Baluchistan, while the three more modest petals address Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, and FATA (tribal areas of Pakistan). Pakistan Monument symbolizes the solidarity, unity, and harmony of the cultures and people of Pakistan. There is a museum with it that shows the significant events that lead to the creation of Pakistan.

6. Saidpur Village:

If you want to taste traditional cuisine or explore the culture of rural life in Islamabad, head out to Saidpur Village. It is in Margalla Hills and has a historical background. The government has renovated and made it a model village especially to promote tourism in this area. There are 7 historical buildings including a centuries-old Hindu temple, a major tourist attraction. Here you can see a glimpse of simple village life while enjoying green tea with “Gur” at Des Pardes restaurant.

Religious and Architectural Places:

7. Faisal Mosque:

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Faisal Mosque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faisal Mosque is the third largest mosque in the world and an important tourist attraction in Pakistan. It is at the foothills of Margalla hills and has a modern architectural design. Faisal Mosque has eight sides of concrete shells which are surrounded by four tall minarets. It is very wide, beautiful, and the first mosque without a typical dome structure. The unique design of this mosque is inspired by a Bedouin Desert Tent.

 Its main hall can accommodate at least 10,000 worshipers at a time and overall 300,000 people. There is a lady’s prayer hall. A Saudi king named Shah Faisal has built this Mosque. A Turkish architect designed it, and he had tried to capture the Kaaba’s design purely abstractly. Its inner walls are engraved with different calligraphic verses.

Shopping Areas:

8. Centaurus Mall:

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Centaurus Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centaurus Mall is one of the most famous and biggest shopping malls not only in Islamabad but also in South Asia. It is in the heart of Islamabad near Fazal-e-Haq road and comprises three skyscrapers. It has 5 stories allocated for shopping malls having over 300 shops. From local to international brands, from Asian to continental food cuisines and café, from cinema to the kids’ play area, and from restaurants to residential apartments, everything is available under one roof. Above all, it is quite expensive.

9. Giga Mall: 

 It is another popular shopping mall in Islamabad. There is almost every international brand’s outlet available. Giga mall is on the GT road and has a wide car parking area, play area, food courts, and cinema.

10. Local Shopping Markets:

Islamabad not only has expensive shopping plazas, but it also has many famous local supermarkets where you can shop at bargaining rates. Some of such areas include Jinnah supermarket, F-10 Markaz supermarket, Aabpara Market, Karachi company, Peshawar Morr, F-6 supermarket.

Everything is available in local markets, from clothes to footwear and crockery to the grocery. Here you can enjoy your shopping under your budget and the rates are quite reasonable.

Food Spots:

If you are a food lover, these are some good food places that you must explore while visiting this city.

11. Monal Restaurant:

If you want to enjoy the Islamabad weather and view beautiful lush green Margalla HillsMonal Restaurant is the best choice for you. It is a scenic viewpoint and an old food spot of good taste. It is an Asian eatery with breath-taking scenes.

12. Kabul Restaurant:

It is one of the best Afghani flavour food spots that provides hygienic, fresh, and tasty food at affordable prices. Kebab Tikka, Karahi, and Afghani Kebab are some of their popular dishes. It is situated at Jinnah market.

13. Local Food Hubs:

Islamabad has many “Dhabas” where you can taste some yummy Pakistani food items like gol gappas, channa chat, halwa puri, haleem, pakoras, samosas, etc. You can visit Des Pardes, Chai Khana, and Haleem Ghar for the best Pakistani food and drinks.

  These are some of the best places to visit in Islamabad. Do tell me about your favourite places and food points and do not forget your experience of visiting beautiful Islamabad city.

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