Murree & the Galis
Around 1½ hours northeast of Islamabad, on a maze of forested ridges, the British developed their summer retreats known as hill stations. In summer the entire Punjab administration moved up to Murree, and anyone who was anyone had a villa at Nathiagali or one of the other hamlets whose names mostly end in gali (Hindko Punjabi for ‘pass’).
One of South Asia’s richest archaeologicalsites, Taxila is a must-see trip from Islamabad, particularly if you have an interest in Buddhism and the art of Gandhara. The city excavations, most of which are found around the museum, are open to the public, along with dozens of smaller sites over a 25-sq-km area.