Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. It was founded in the 1960s. The reason behind the establishment of Islamabad’s town is to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. Islamabad is federally administered as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Islamabad’s area is 220 KM2 approximate, with 1,014,825 population as per the 2017 census. There are more than 20+ universities in Islamabad. Some of them are Bahria University, PIEAS, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology.
Islamabad is one of the safest cities in Pakistan has a comprehensive surveillance system with a total of 1900+ CCTV cameras. Islamabad is a gamma-global city. It has the highest HDI (Human Development Index) in Pakistan with 0.678 and categorized as a medium on HDI.
Famous for its high standards of living and safety, Islamabad is also home to many tourist places to visit Islamabad as a tourist or traveler. Here is the list of the best places to visit in Islamabad.
1. Lok Virsa Museum
Lok Virsa Museum is located in the Shakarparian Hills. It is also known as The Heritage Museum. The museum opened in 1974 and became an autonomous institute in 2002. Lok Virsa – National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage is administrative of the Lok Virsa Museum. The museum shows the history and living cultures of Pakistan. An outdoor museum and several buildings take place in the Lok Virsa Museum which can accommodate up to 3000 visitors.
The largest museum of Pakistan is the Lok Virsa Museum with an estimated area of 60,000 ft2. It is also commonly known as the “Museum for the people of Pakistan”.
Daman-e-Koh is a hilltop garden located in the Margalla Hills, Islamabad, Pakistan. The owners of the Daman-e-Koh is the Capital Development Authority, Islamabad. The combination of the two words Daman-e-Koh means foothills. The height of the Daman-e-Koh is 2400ft from the sea level while it 500ft high from the city of Islamabad.
The famous hilltop is a midpoint for travelers and tourists on their way to the higher viewpoint of Pir Sohawa. You can see many monkeys at Daman-e-Koh. A panoramic view of Islamabad can be seen from the Southern spot of Daman-e-Koh. For the curious and keen tourists and travelers, some telescopes also installed at Daman-e-Koh.
3. Faisal Mosque
The Faisal Mosque is located on the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan. The contemporary and Islamic architectural style is used to construct the very famous Faisal Mosque. It was established in 1987. A total cost of $120 Million USD was used to construct the Faisal Mosque.
There are 4 minarets in the Faisal Mosque with 90 meters long height. It is also the largest mosque in Pakistan. With a total area of 54,000 ft2 of the structure, it is the major tourist place in Islamabad, Pakistan. The architect of the Faisal Mosque Project was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
4. The Margalla Hills
The Margalla Hills is a range of hills located within the Margalla Hills National Park, north of Islamabad, Pakistan. The area of The Margalla Hills is about 12,605 hectares. Tilla Charouni is the peak of the Margalla Hills Range. The elevation of the Margalla Hills is approximately 1,604 meters high.
The two-third species of plants from 250-300 of the Margalla Hills range are used as medicines to treat various diseases. It is a home for many wildlife species such as monkeys, leopards, and exotic birds, etc.
A society in 1989 named Margalla Hills Society was established to preserve the natural environments and to promote public interest in conservation, and management of forests. An Airblue Flight 202 was crashed in The Margalla Hills on July 28, 2010.
5. Rawal Lake
Rawal Lake is the lake located in Islamabad, Pakistan. It fulfills the water needs for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It is located within an isolated section of Malpur village, Bani Gala and Margalla Hills National Park. Rawal Lake is 102 ft deep, and the area of the Lake is about 8.8 KM2.
Famous for its flowering trees, picnic spots, and secluded paths, the lake and gardens are widely used as many picnic spots, boating, and fishing as well. Rawal Lake is home for more than 15+ fish species, Doula, Rahu, Mori, Carp Fish, and Talapia are some of the famous fish species present in The Rawal Lake.
6. Pakistan Monument
Pakistan Monument, a national monument and a heritage museum located on Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Mughal architectural style was used to construct the Pakistan Monument to symbolize the unity of Pakistanis. It is a public monument. The construction of the Pakistan Monument was started on May 25, 2004, and completed on March 23, 2007.
The owner of the Pakistan Monument is The Ministry Of Culture, while the Capital Development Authority is the landlord of the Pakistan Monument. The area of the Pakistan Monument is about 2.8 hectares.
It is dedicated to the people of Pakistan who sacrificed their “today” for a better “tomorrow”. Pakistan Monument is dedicated to the people who sacrificed their “today” for a better “tomorrow”.
7. Islamabad Zoo
The Islamabad Zoo is located at Pir Sohawa Road in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was established in 1978 with a total of 82 acres of area. There are a number of species that are not disclosed till yet but the zoo is the home of a total of 600+ animals.
Famous for its animals, more than 1 Million + visitor visits Islamabad Zoo annually. The Marghazar Zoo is the previous name of the Islamabad Zoo. The Islamabad Zoo is under the administration of the Capital Development Authority of Pakistan.
8. Golra Sharif Railway Museum
The Golra Sharif Railway Museum was established in 2003. It is also known as the Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum. It is located near the F-13 Sector, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Famous for its beautiful serene-looking railway station, it is one of the best places to visit in Islamabad, Pakistan as a traveler or tourist. The heritage museum becomes an attraction spot for all railway enthusiasts.
Aiwan-e-Sadr is located in the northeastern Islamabad. It is located between the Parliament Building and the Cabinet block of the Pakistan Secretariat. The construction of The Aiwan-e-Sadr was started in the 1970s and completed in the 1990s.
It is also known as the President Palace. It is the official residence and workplace of the president of Pakistan. Ghulam Ishaq Khan was the first president of Pakistan who lived in Aiwan-e-Sadr in 1988. The current president of Pakistan, Arif Alvi lives in The Aiwan-e-Sadr.