Must-see attractions in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

  • Shah Faisal Mosque

    The eye-popping Shah Faisal Mosque, nestled at the foot of the Margalla Hills, is one of Asia's largest and reflects an eclectic blend of ultramodern and…

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    Lok Virsa Museum

    Lok Virsa Museum houses a fascinating array of traditional handicrafts including embroidered costumes, old jewellery and intricate woodcarvings - it is…

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    Nurpur Shahan Village

    About 4km northeast of the Diplomatic Enclave, Nurpur Shahan Village village is a shrine to Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi. Also known as Bari Shah Latif or 'Bari…

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    Pakistan Monument

    Shakarparian is also the site of the impressive reddish-brown granite Pakistan Monument, conceived to represent Pakistan's diverse culture and national…

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    Taxila Excavations

    Most of the main sites are within 2km of the museum. There's a large map of the site outside the museum and each site is signposted from the road and has…

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    A picnic spot and lookout in the Margalla Hills, Daman-e-Koh has panoramic views over Islamabad and, on the rare clear day, south to the Salt Range. It's…

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    Margalla Hills

    The Margalla Hills are full of hiking trails that snake their way up ridgetops and down through forested valleys. Hiking Around Islamabad, available in…

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    Truck Workshops

    Just beyond Rajah Bazaar on Railway Workshop Rd are rows of truck workshops where you can sometimes see trucks being decorated with the vibrant art that…

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    Taxila Museum

    The rewarding Taxila Museum is closed the first Monday of each month and closes early (14:00) during Ramazan (Ramadan). It houses many of the significant…

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    Pakistan Army Museum

    The Pakistan Army Museum is next to the Army Library (behind the Pearl Continental Hotel). It houses a handful of well-kept galleries exhibiting a limited…

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    Known as Shakarparian, the urban wilderness south of Islamabad has an arboretum with trees planted by dozens of foreign heads of state, as well as…

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    Ayub National Park

    Named after General Ayub Khan, the first of Pakistan's martial law administrators, the rather staid Ayub National Park south of the Cantonment has 900…

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    Just east of the zoo in Margalla Hills, a road leads northeast for 1km to Saidpur, a (formerly Hindu) village still famous for pottery. Scheduled to open…

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    Rajah Bazaar

    The buzzing Rajah Bazaar is a kaleidoscope of people and merchandise spreading in every direction from chaotic Fowara Chowk. You could spend hours…

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    Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

    International cricket matches, including test matches, are played here. Consult local newspapers or the PTDC for up-to-date details.

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    Rose & Jasmine Garden

    Downhill to the east of Shakarparian is the 20-hectare Rose & Jasmine Garden, site of several annual flower shows.