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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…
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…
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…
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.…
Outdoors in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 hectares of paths, gardens and lakes (with hire boats). To get h…
Outdoors in Islamabad & Rawalpindi


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…
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…
Tower in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

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 exploring the colourful, crowded streets and buy anything from batte…
Stadium in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

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