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Islamabad, Pakistan: A Utopia in Asia

Islamabad, Pakistan: A Utopia in Asia

Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, is a true beauty. You will love everything about Islamabad. Yeah, everything! Don’t forget to bring your kith and kin with you while touring here. Surely you will love Islamabad from your heart and soul. It is a perfect place to drift from the hubbub of your life, but it’s something more than peaceful, it is beautiful; a combination of both natural and manmade beauty. Of course, the weather and awe-inspiring natural wonders are unbeaten. You will find from alpha to omega that Islamabad is really a fairyland. Let’s start our tour. Here we go…

(Photo by Fasil Ahmed)

(Photo by Fasil Ahmed)

The city offers enchanting views of Margalla Hills, Daman e Koh, lush greenery, lakes and much more. Get bewitched by the beauty of Pir Sohawa at 3000 ft elevation and adore the dazzling panorama of the entire city. Never forget to keep some snacks with you for monkeys busting out of woods. Go hiking in Margalla Hills if you are in the mood for a little adventure. Trail 5 is the most scenic and you must not skip Rock Pool Valley; you will be hypnotized by its beauty. In this valley there are quite a lot of rock pools leading to Barooti Spring with its emerald waters. In view of the fact that there is no village or habitation all along this stream, the water is very sparkling and cool, but topped up with tadpoles at the rock pools. The walk from the bottom of the Rock Pool Valley to the first waterfall is 3 km. After that, head back and stop by Rawal Dam and Lake View Park for a picnic and explore the Bird Aviary at Lake View Park that will be etched in your mind. Or you can escape to the Rose and Jasmine Garden and roam on the same track to enjoy the verdancy of Shakar Parian and the splendid Pakistan Monument.

Bird Aviary at Lake View Park (Photo by Kashmir Global [edited])

Bird Aviary at Lake View Park (Photo by Kashmir Global [edited])

The area’s renowned spot is undoubtedly the iconic Faisal Mosque, a work of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, the largest Mosque of south Asia. Stop and marvel at its beauty at every step. From there you can go to Jinnah Super Market, Super Market, Centaurus Mall or any local market for some shopping. You will find almost anything you need and gifts for your loved ones. You must visit Mr. Books and Saeed Book Bank if you are bookish. If you want to be frugal visit Sunday Market and get some fresh fruits and veggies.  There you can shop a variety of second hand things.

Inside Faisal Mosque (Photo via U.S. Embassy of Pakistan)

Inside Faisal Mosque (Photo via U.S. Embassy of Pakistan)

If you are talking food, Islamabad won’t let you stay hungry. There are enough hotels and cafes where you can easily find international food but don’t forget to try Pakistani food at Khyber Dodai; you won’t regret it. In Islamabad there is a Harry Potter themed cafe for potter heads called Hogwarts Café. If you are a horror-lover visit café Cross Bones. Still young at heart? Enjoy fun rides? Visit Centaurus Mall, a Pakistani version of Disneyland. Go to the Battlefield Lake View Islamabad and have a good time while enjoying paintball, mini golf, bungee trampoline, zip Line & an orbitron. A must visit for theater and arts lovers is Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

Hogwarts Café (Photo via facebook.com/Hogwartscafe)

Hogwarts Café (Photo via facebook.com/Hogwartscafe)

Tired from the day? Go spend your evening at cozy café Chaye Khana nestled in between the hustle and bustle of F6 Super Market, offering seven million different teas. Or enjoy a good movie with crunchy popcorn at The Arena. Islamabad Polo Club and Islamabad Golf Club are also not a bad options. Visitors to Islamabad naturally fall in love with the city and want to stay forever.


 

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