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Islamabad Destinations

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Pakistan Monument:
Pakistan-MonumentPakistan Monument in Islamabad, is a national monument representing the nation's four provinces and three territories.

The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the country and depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement, dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations. From air the monument looks like a star (center) and a crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals), these represent the star and crescent on Pakistan's flag.

Shakarparian Hills:
Shakarparian-HillsThe historic Shakarparian Hills is famous for the trees planted by varipous Heads of State. The beautiful park with its central fountain and panoramic view of the whole city from vintage point at a height of 609 metres, is one of islamabad's favourite recreation spots.


The area has now developed intot the most popular recreation and picnic spot of Islamabad. Daman-e-Koh offers spectacular views of the entire city, especially by night. Translated as ‘Heart of the Hill’, Daman-e-Koh has recently been terraced, and to avoid the rush of vehicles, has just introduced Golf Carts to carry visitors from the parking area to the viewpoint. A number of high quality restaurants and eateries have opened up, offering some sumptuous cuisine to travel-weary visitors.saidpur-village

Saidpur Village:
Situated to the East of Damn-e-Koh and reached by a leading North from the top end of F-6, this small village, surrounded by mango trees, is a centre of traditional pottery wares. Before partition, it was predominantly Hindu, and the springs in the areas were considered holy.
Lok Virsa Cultural Center:
Sprawled across a huge area, the Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) works towards preserving the folk (traditional) culture of Pakistan. It houses artistes, craftsmen, artisans and musicians coming from across the country. The Folk Heritage Museum, located near Shakarparian Hills, has on display a large variety of embroidered costumes, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work in addition to the different stages of history that this region has passed through.
Pothohari Arts and Crafts Village:
The "Potohari" - Arts & Craft Village has been constructed on 26 acres of area with the view to promote the indigenous arts and handicrafts and to enhance the inter-provincial harmony.

The Arts & Crafts Village is equipped with exhibition hall, clusters of shops, studios for the artists, tea shops, show rooms, folk theatre and hostel for the visiting artisans.

The Arts & Craft village is providing an opportunity to the artisans and artists not only from the different area of country but also serving as a hub of culRose-and-Jasmine-Gardentural activities for the South Asian Region. 

Rose and Jasmine Garden:
A picturesque garden, specifically for the purpose of growing a multitude of varieties of rose and jasmine, this 20,360 sq. meters garden is a picture of serenity. It contains more than 250 different varieties of roses, as well as more than ten different types of Jasmine. Seasonal flower shows are occasionally held here, particularly during spring.

Margalla Hills National Park:Margalla-Hills-National-Park
Pakistan is home to some exotic flora and fauna in the Indian sub continent. The wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Pakistan offer some exciting wildlife tour options. If you are in Islamabad, a wildlife tour to Margalla Hills National Park is a must. The Margalla Hills National Park is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and is one of the easily accessible national parks in Pakistan.

The Margalla Hills are a series of hills located north of Islamabad, Pakistan. The Margallas are excellent for hiking purposes and cater to both the serious hiker and the less serious enthusiast. The best seasons to hike are the mild winter months when there is less rain and the days are extremely pleasant. The Margalla Hills National Park is home to a number of wild animals that include barking deer, wild boars, Asiatic leopard, chinkara, red fox, leopard and jackals.
Fatima Jinnah Park:
The largest park, in terms of area, in the whole of Asia, Fatima Jinnah Park is a sprawled scenic wonderland. It has a walking and jogging track, where people from all across the city come for some peaceful calm. In addition to several hundred acres of green wilderness, Fatima Jinnah Park is also undergoing uplifting and development.

Lake View Park:Lake_view_park
At the base of Daman-e-Koh is located the Marghazar Mini Zoo and the Children's "Japanese Park". The zoo itself is small and has undergone rehabilitation, yet its fascinating array of animals never fails to entertain. The Children Japanese Park, a gift from the Japanese Government, is also interesting with minimalist swings made of bamboo wood.

Murghzar Mini Zoo and Children Park:
At the base of Daman-e-Koh is located the Marghazar Mini Zoo and the Children's "Japanese Park". The zoo itself is small and has undergone rehabilitaMurghzar-Mini-Zootion, yet its fascinating array of animals never fails to entertain. The Children Japanese Park, a gift from the Japanese Government, is also interesting with minimalist swings made of bamboo wood.





History of Islamabad

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The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad is located in the northwest of the country on Potohar Plateau. This area has been significant in history for being a part of the crossroads of the Rawalpindi and the North West Frontier Province. The city was built in 1960 to replace Karachi as the Pakistani capital, which it has been since 1963. Due to Islamabad?s proximity to Rawalpindi, they are considered sister cities.

Compared to other cities of the country, Islamabad is a clean, spacious and quiet city with lots of greeneries. The site of the city has a history going back to the earliest human habitations in Asia. This area has seen the first settlement of Aryans from Central Asia, ancient caravans passing from Central Asia, and the massive armies of Tamerlane and Alexander.

To the north of the city you will find the Margalla Hills. Hot summers, monsoon rains and cold winters with sparse snowfall in the hills almost summarize the climate of this area. Islamabad also has a rich wildlife ranging from wild boars to leopards.

After the formation of Pakistan in 1947, it was felt that a new and permanent Capital City had to be built to reflect the diversity of the Pakistani nation. It was considered pertinent to locate the new capital where it could be isolated from the business and commercial activity of the Karachi, and yet is easily accessible from the remotest corner of the country.
 A commission was accordingly set in motion in 1958, entrusted with the task of selecting a suitable site for the new capital with a particular emphasis on location, climate, logistics and defense requirements, aesthetics, and scenic and natural beauty.

 After extensive research, feasibility studies and a thorough review of various sites, the commission recommended the area North East of the historic garrison city of Rawalpindi. After the final decision of the National Cabinet, it was put into practice. A Greek firm, Doxiadis Associates devised a master plan based on a grid system, with its north facing the Margallah Hills. The long-term plan was that Islamabad would eventually encompass Rawalpindi entirely, stretching to the West of the historic Grand Trunk road.

 Islamabad nestles against the backdrop of the Margallah Hills at the northern end of Potohar Plateau. Its climate is healthy, pollution free, plentiful in water resources and lush green. It is a modern and carefully planned city with wide roads and avenues, elegant public buildings and well-organized bazaars, markets, and shopping centers.
 The city is divided into eight basic zones: Administrative, diplomatic enclave, residential areas, educational sectors, industrial sectors, commercial areas, and rural and green areas.

The metropolis of Islamabad today is the pulsating beat of Pakistan, resonating with the energy and strength of a growing, developing nation. It is a city, which symbolizes the hopes and dreams of a young and dynamic nation and espouses the values and codes of the generation that has brought it thus far. It is a city that welcomes and promotes modern ides, but at the same time recognizes and cherishes its traditional values and rich history.

Facts & Statistics About Islamabad

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14 kms north east of Rawalpindi on the north eastern fringe of the Potohar plateau of the province of Punjab.


Northern latitudes 33o 49' and longtitudes 72o 24' east of Greenwhich.


Lying at altitudes ranging from 457 to 610 metres.


The area of Islamabad is 906.50 square kilometres. A further 3626 square kilometres area is known as the Specified Area, with the Margala Hills in the north and northeast.

Islamabad city is divided into five major zones: Zone I, Zone II, Zone III, Zone IV, & Zone V. Zone IV is the largest in area while Zone I is the largest developed residential area. Zone 1 is divided into sectors. Each residential sector is identified by a letter of the alphabet and a number, and covers an area of approximately 2 km × 2 km.

Total Area

906.50 sq. km

Islamabad Urban Area

220.15 sq. km

Islamabad Rural Area

466.20 sq. km

Islamabad Park

220.15 sq. km







Islamabad features an atypical version of a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers accompanied by a monsoon season followed by cool winters.


Avg. High

Avg. Low

Winter (Oct-Mar)

16.6 oC

3.4 oC

Summer (Apr-Sept)

34.2 oC

24.4 oC

Year Average

28.5 oC

14.1 oC







Average yearly rainfall 1143 milimetres.


Average yearly humidity: 55%


Islamabad is Pakistan's most diverse metropolis in terms of the population makeup of the city
It has the largest expatriate and foreigner population in the city. The reasons are simple: its inviting and reasonably temperate climate, its lush green scenery and excellent basic infrastructure
The city is also a stopping point for tourists who desire to proceed to the Northern Areas of the country for trekking, hiking, adventure sports and mountaineering
Since the city has been growing into a major business and commerce centre, it has attracted a large highly skilled workforce from other major cities including Karachi, Lahore and Quetta
All of the country's diplomatic ties are maintained and exercised from Islamabad, as all major embassies, consulates and missions are operating from the city, as is the Foreign Office

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