ISLAMABAD: A PERFECT DESTINATION IN PAKISTAN FOR TOURISTS

Since sixties Islamabad is serving as capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is a result of an organized plan, 2nd beautiful city of the world. The city is surrounded by Margalla Hills and in the foothills of Himalayas. Islamabad is the home of deer, different spices of leopards, birds and even pigs. Islamabad has many hiking paths starting from the road and going into the margalla hills and ending up at Daman e Koh and Pir Suhawa, having spectacular view of the entire county, including Faisal Mosque and Rawal Dam. For tourists Islamabad has lots of fantastic things to do, so there is no point to overlook Islamabad while planning to visit Pakistan.

If you are concerned with the security issues there is no place in the world which is 100% secure, every country has good or bad. Islamabad is one of the worth visiting city of Pakistan and fairly safe palace too. Some of the safety tips for tourists when planning to come to Islamabad are:

  • Pickpockets are not common in Islamabad, but some tourists experienced this in certain areas. You should be aware of that, the main spots of pickpockets are public areas such as bus, train stations and crowded markets.
  • You should avoid becoming a part of mass gathering, protests and demonstrations that mostly occurs is major public areas. Try to avoid these situations.
  • Walking alone at nights is very dangerous, so try to avoid that.
  • Women needs to be more careful especially in public, people generally expect to follow the rules. As being a city of Muslim country these rules are applied even is Islamabad. But comparatively Islamabad is a lenient city as people are educated and knows to respect and accept diverse culture and religion.

Some of the health issues you need to take care of while travelling to Islamabad Pakistan are:

  • You should not forget to consult a doctor few days or a month before departing.
  • Make sure to get the proper immunization and vaccinations, as in Pakistan there can be certain diseases and illnesses.
  • Islamabad is full of trees and greenery so pollen allergies are very high during spring so you need to take care that.
  • You need to take care that you do not drink the tap water. Always drink mineral or boiled water.

 

Monument
Monument

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS IS ISLAMABAD          

Heaven on earth. Islamabad is a beautiful city with mountains and lots of natural beauty, clouds passing by and huge trees sheltering the roads. If you are in Islamabad in a nice sunny day, you will definitely be mesmerized. For your wonderful adventure, this is the list of tourist places in Islamabad from market, mall, and religious places to museums, sightseeing and everything.

  • Murree Hills
  • Margalla Hills
  • National Monument Islamabad
  • Pak-China Friendship Centre
  • Rawal Lake
  • Pir Sohawa
  • Shahdara Village
  • Saidpur village
  • Daman-e-Koh
  • Highland
  • Fatima Jinnah Park
  • Shah Allah Ditta
  • Rose & Jasmine Garden
  • Bari Imaam
  • Shah Faisal Mosque
  • Golra Sharif
  • Lok Virsa Museum
  • Jinnah Sports Stadium
  • Liaquat Gymnasium
  • Lake View Park
  • Centaurs Mall
  • Aiwan-e-Sadr- President’s official residence
  • Safa Gold Mall
  • Supreme Court of Pakistan
  • National Parliament of Pakistan

 

Pakistan Monument

Pakistan Monument

Snuggled in Shakarprian covered with forests, Pakistan Monuments stands straight in upright position as a petal. The four converging petals represents the provinces of Pakistan and short petals represent the territories of Pakistan. On the walls of the petals you can see beautiful calligraphy. This National Monument also have statues of wax, depicting hard attempts in winning independence and founding Pakistan. While entering in monument you will see the hand prints on your side of the stairs.

Lok Virsa Meseum

Lok Virsa
Lok Virsa

From Pakistan Monument to Lok Virsa museum there is only five minutes’ walk, Lok virsa is another attractive exhibit describing the unique culture of Pakistan. Lok virsa has been maintained well and preserved artifacts well. Displaying musical instruments, chunks of poetry, art and architectural objects, museum takes you on a pleasing walk through a garden while accompanying you with nine galleries of Sufi shines and Buddhist.

Faisal Mosque

the-shah-faisal-mosque
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Known as one of the most manifesting structure of Islamabad, Faisal mosque is one of the most divine places for worship. Mosque in fringed with four towers on each corner. Almost quarter million people can worship is the mosque at the same time. With the prayer room there is lecture hall and a library. There is whole university in the basement of the mosque. Prayer room of the mosque is designed beautifully. Chandelier hanging is made of gold. The floor outside the prayer room there are carved mosaics of marble. There is a huge ground outside.

Saidpur village

saidpur village
saidpur village

Saidpur village is a great place to experience, as it is declared heritage village where history is preserved. There you will find temples gurdwara and masjids. This beautiful village is turned into food street with different types of restaurants and cafes. You can roam around in the streets to see the ancient artwork. Here you enjoy town simple life style. You can even find the fine dining with beautiful environment all around.

Margallas hills and Daman e Koh

Margalla hills
Margalla hills

Margalla hills are famous tourist’s destination, with daman e koh and pir suhawa on its peeks with many restaurants and a beautiful view the whole city. The hilly forest covered territory of Margalla range leading up to Himalayas mountains. There are beautiful trails that enthusiastic travellers are always seeking for, while going on trail into the margalla hills there is so much greenery all around. Walking up the trail you may come across wildlife.

Monal Resturant

Monal
Monal

On top of Margalla hills their lies a high quality and affordable restaurants, with breath taking view of the capital. You can even enjoy music while sitting there and have food. Outside the restaurant there are different stalls of beautiful tradition jewelry that are bit expensive from the markets down the hill. You would also find a small shop of ice creams and ice lollys beautifully decorated and taste is also very good.

Rawal Lake

Rawal Lake
Rawal Lake

Korang river and some other small streams flowing down from the margalla hills and forming this artificial lake. Interlaced around its perimeter are gardens and the lake used for picnics, fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden gives an extensive view Margalla hills, lake and Muree hills. You can also experience Boating, sailing, water skating and even more facilities at Rawal Lake.

 

Many countries have their embassies in Islamabad as it is the capital of Pakistan and a safe city to be in.

 

EMBASSIES

Islamabad is a safe city and there is no obligation regarding safety or security of any embassy within the boundaries of Islamabad. Pakistani government allow counties to make their embassies in Islamabad and make sure that the safety and security of foreigners are taken care of, at its best. But the decision of travelling is the persons own choice and so the traveler is responsible for his/her own  safety abroad. Embassies are there to make sure that the correct information is provided to the foreigners and if needed consular assistance is also provided by the embassy to their citizens that makes your traveling easy. The mission of the embassies are to promote bilateral ties among countries. Embassies are all over the world, but when we talk about Pakistan, it focuses on:

  • Strengthening democratic institution
  • Religious stability
  • Fighting international terrorism

Embassies take care of:

  • Local safety
  • Security conditions
  • Area to avoid
  • Entry requirements
  • Exit requirements
  • Local laws
  • Local culture
  • Possible health issues
  • Climate
  • Mainly where to find help from

Here is the list of major embassies present in Islamabad with their addresses and other information, for your help and ease.

High commission of Canada

Address: Site A, Ramna 5 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44050

Hours:

Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–12:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am–5pm
Tuesday 8am–5pm
Wednesday 8am–5pm

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Phone: (051) 2086000

U.S Embassy

Address: Ramna 5 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000

Opened: August 15, 1947

Hours:

Thursday 8am–4:30pm
Friday 8am–4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am–4:30pm
Tuesday 8am–4:30pm
Wednesday 8am–4:30pm

Phone: (051) 2080000

British High Commission

Address: G-5/1 G-5, ICT, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory

Hours:

Thursday 8am–4:15pm
Friday 8am–1pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am–4:15pm
Tuesday 8am–4:15pm
Wednesday 8am–4:15pm

Phone: (051) 2012000

Australian High Commission

Address: Ramna 5 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory

Phone: (051) 8355500

High Commission of India

Address: Ramna 5 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000

Phone: (051) 2833283

Embassy of the Peoples of Republic of China

Address: 3rd Ave, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory

Hours:

Thursday 8am–5:30pm
Friday 8am–5:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am–5:30pm
Tuesday 8am–5:30pm
Wednesday 8am–5:30pm

Phone: (051) 8496178

Embassy of Qatar

Address: 20 University Rd, G-5/4 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory

Hours:

Friday 9am–3pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 9am–3pm
Tuesday 9am–3pm
Wednesday 9am–3pm
Thursday 9am–3pm

Phone: (051) 2270833

Embassy of Japan

Address: 53-70, Ramna 5 Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000

Hours:

Friday 8:30am–4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:30am–4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am–4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am–4:30pm

Phone: (051) 9072500

 

HOTESLS IN ISLAMABAD

If you stay in Islamabad and expect to get some rest then there are many options for every budget range depending upon the luxuries provided by the hotel.

If you have low budget and you don’t bother about any other extra facility some of the low budget hotel are here ranging for 3500 to 7000 Rs per night.

Hotel City Paradise

Hotel City Paradise
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Islamabad Express Way, Main Service Road | Khanna Pul, Islamabad, Pakistan

1.3 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

Apex In Guest House

House30/B St# 18 Sector  F 7/2 | Jinnah Super Market, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

8.1 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

New Comfort Inn

G-8 Markaz Road G-8/1, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

6.6 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

Executive Residency

22 SCHS AID Executive Center 3rd Floor, E-11/2, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

9.6 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

If you are looking for hotels accommodating with a bit of other facilities like wifi, tv and cable facility landline facility you need to increase your budget a bit. For that reason here is the list of hotels in Islamabad. Ranging from 10000 and above.

Marriot Hotel

Marriott
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5 Aga Khan Road Shalimar | PO Box 1251, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

8.3 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

Crown Plaza

99-E Jinnah Avenue | PO Box 1775, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

7.2 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

Ramada Hotel

Ramada
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1 Club Road | Adjacent Rawal Lake, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

5.5 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

Islamabad Club

Islamabad club
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Main Murree Rd، Near Kashmir Chowk, Islamabad Club, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory

Serena Hotel

Serena Hotel
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Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

7.1 miles from Islamabad Intl Airport

 

ISLAMABAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airport is 20km outside Islamabad near Kashmir highway and motorway interchange. It is the 2ndlarget airport of Pakistan after Jinnah international airport Karachi. Islamabad international airport have capacity of 15million passenger. In the airport there is food court, Vip lounge to facilitate the passengers

If you want to travel or from Islamabad there are many airlines operating in Islamabad:

  • Emirates flights
  • Saudia flights
  • Qatar Airways flights
  • Etihad Airways flights
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Oman Air flight
  • Gulf Air flights
  • Kuwait Airways flight
  • Air China flight
Islamabad International Airport
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At the airport departing passengers need to check the tickets information, validity of passports and immigration, it could also be check from the airport website before the departure.  Important documents for departure need to be checked before departing:

  1. Valid Airline Ticket
  2. Valid Passport
  3. Valid Visa
  4. CNIC
  5. Photo ID
  6. Health Certificate
  7. NOC (Mandatory for Government Employee)

 

All the above discussion and information is for the ease of travelers coming to or going to Islamabad. Hence Islamabad is a safe, beautiful city of Pakistan and convenient to travel to.

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