Islamabad one of the World’s most beautiful capital. Islamabad is also know as many color city, due to thousands variety of flowers planted to showcase the city in attractive way.
Islamabad is located in the Pothohar Plateau in the northeastern part of the country, between Rawalpindi District and the Margalla Hills National Park to the north. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Margalla Pass acting as the gateway between the two regions. Islamabad was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital.
Places to Visit
Shah Faisal Mosque
Shah Faisal Mosque is superbly located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This beautiful mosque was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay.
The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously financed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.
One of the biggest mosque in the world, it holds about 15,000 people inside, and another 85,000 in the courtyard. It is spread over 1,89,705-sq. meters with 88 meter high minarets and 40 meter high main prayer hall.
Shakar Parian Hills are situated near Zero Point, up above the Loke Virsa Museum & Rose & Jasmine Garden. From here you can view the twin cities of Islamabad & Rawalpindi very clearly. Hills have two View Points. East View Point & West View Point.
The Margallas are excellent for hiking purposes and cater to both the serious hiker and the less serious enthusiast. Trail lengths vary from 1.5kms to 15kms and ranging from heights of 640-1580m. There are a number of short walks and day or half day hikes. There are also longer treks of 2-3 days. For details check out the Asia Study Groups (ASG) publication Hiking Around Islamabad (1992, Revised Edition). The best season to hike are the mild winter months when there is less rain and the days are extremely pleasant. January and February may be too cold and wet but otherwise October to April are your best bet. Beware though that twilight is very short in Islamabad and once the sun sets, darkness falls very quickly.
Rawal Lake is a very beautiful lake located in Islamabad Park Area. A dam was built on this lake across Korang River in 1962 called Rawal Dam. It has a storage capacity of 47,500 acre feet and covers 3.5 square miles.
It is an ideal place for picnic, fishing and boating. There is a terraced garden on the lake side. The highest point in the garden offers a great view of the lake, Margalla and Murree hills.
Rose and Jasmine Garden
As the name shows , this garden is well known in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for its beautiful Rose and Jasmin gardens. This 20,360 sq. meters garden has 250 different varieties of roses as well as a dozen types of Jasmines.
Springs and Autumn flower shows are arranged here by Horticultural Society of Pakistan and Capital Development Authority every year. There is also the Tourist Camping Site near this park.