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Mosque 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 traditional architectural design styles. Topped by sloping ro…
Museum in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Lok Virsa Museum

Lok Virsa Museum houses a fascinating array of traditional handicrafts including embroidered costumes, old jewellery and intricate woodcarvings - it is well worth a visit. The reference library has resources on hist…
Monument in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 Imam', he was a 17th-century Sufi teacher and Islamabad's un…
Monument in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Pakistan Monument

Shakarparian is also the site of the impressive reddish-brown granite Pakistan Monument, conceived to represent Pakistan's diverse culture and national unity. Flanked by well-tended gardens and shaped like an unfurl…
Archaeological Site in Taxila

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 an information board at its entrance. By car you can see most…
Landmark in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Daman-e-Koh

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 a splendid spot to get a sense of the city's layout, with the…
Hill in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 major bookshops, provides details of hikes ranging from short w…
in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 typifies Pakistani road transport. To find these trucks, take …
Museum in Taxila

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 finds from the Taxila site, particularly from the Kushan era.…
Museum in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 but interesting collection dating from prehistoric times. It…