the rambling capital city of Pakistan. It is a well developed and
planned city, endowed with all the essence of a well-groomed capital
town. Truly, Islamabad is beautiful and holds a name for being a
symbol of progress, architectural marvel and innovation.
affluent history, you can experience the confluence of many
civilizations under the temperate climate. Wide, tree-lined streets
decorate the zones and sectors of the city, making it striking. Apart
from the ancient structures, one does feel the mechanical crush,
exasperating human, grassy parklands, shiny restaurants that
epitomize most of the Asian subcontinents
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brilliance as a vital metropolis is reflected on the overall
architecture, which is amazingly modern and yet Islamic in nature.
The main attractions in Islamabad include Murghzar Mini Zoo and
Children's Park, Shakarparian Hills and the Rawal Lake.
Shakarparian Hills rise to 609 meters, blessed with a terraced garden
that offers sweeping vistas of the surrounding lake and the thriving
city. The man-made Rawal Lake lies adjoining the Shakarparian Hills
and has become a hot-spot for picnics and other jubilant gatherings.
renowned low hill-top attraction is the Daman-e-Koh that offers
captivating views of the city. Located at the foot of the
Daman-e-Koh, the Murghzar Zoo is highly attractive to the children as
well as the adults. At the corner lies the Children's Park which is a
gift to the children of Pakistan from the Japanese children.
Pakistani as well as international cuisine has developed a trail in
the city's culinary scene. Fast food chains are quite common, and so
are the traditional food outlets. According to the British Airways,
"locals love their lamb" and "alcohol-free Islamabad
is a fantastic spot for a detox.” You can refresh with buttery
lassis made from yoghurt and flavoured with salt, sugar or mangoes.
it is traditional cuisine that has helped Islamabad achieve a high
reputation amid food connoisseurs all over the world. The cuisine is
a variation of North Indian dishes, with the influence of the Mughal
Empire very much in evidence. The food has a distinctive taste of its
own with the term ‘Mughal Cuisine’, which is now a noteworthy
cuisine from this region.
has a humid subtropical climate with very hot summers and cool
winters. During peak summers, the temperatures can climb as high as
47°C whereas the coldest periods can come down to -4°C. The monsoon
comes down in July and August. The best time to visit the capital
city is between October and March where the cold creeps in with the
influence of snowfall at the nearby mountains.
in the capital city can be a lot more exciting if you know where to
dig in. The shopping scene may not be as maddening as the markets of
Karachi or even Peshawar, but it’s a fact that shopping in
Islamabad has a charm of its own.
most striking feature is the centrally located shopping square in
each sector called 'markaz'. Such shopping arcades cater to the daily
shopping needs. The large squares have a wide range of shops with
mobile franchises, grocery stores, bakeries, bookshops, boutiques and
and crowded markets include the affordable and reasonable Abpara
market, Blue Area, Super Market F6, Kohsar Market and Jinnah super.
There are weekly bazaars where several stalls sell edible and non
edible items at cheaper prices than retail shops.