Dans la capitale Mar 05, 2011
Islamabad is home to the vibrant political hotbed in Pakistan and is indeed the powerhouse. With specific areas for diplomats, government officers, military personnels etc, an average Pakistani may find it a bit boring but not the likes of me. I love peace, that too, surrounded by the foothills of Himalayas (Margalla hills).
Its surely one of the safest cities in the South-Asian region. You'll see many guests from western countries wandering in the streets and markets.
Accommodation ranges between reasonable/ affordable to a lil out-of-pocket-size. There are guesthouses/ Inns in almost every second street of the city. The average rate per night for a double bed room is around US$ 25 - 30.
Plenty of cabs can be found at Islamabad airport (which actually is in Rawalpindi, not Islamabad, and looks very mediocre)
As for places to see, do go see Rawal lake Park, Shakar Purian (Its like a park where the presidents or prime ministers of other friendly nations come and plant a tree). Also see the Monument of Pakistan which looks lovely.
Also visit Faisal Mosque, its breathtaking. Its backdrop is none other than the beautiful lush green Margalla hills.
There are several eating joints everywhere in the city including a couple of food streets. One MUST go eat at the Monal restaurant which is on the highest peak, right on top of Margalla hills and even a drive up there is an experience. They serve lovley food and the perfect part is to sit out and have a bird's eye view of the whole city. When you're driving up there, you can stop over half way through at Daman-e-Koh which means the centre of mountain. There you can just take a stroll in the park and enjoy the fresh air. Beware of monkeys LOL.
Go for a short trip to Murree, this lovely, cool hillstation just an hour drive from Islamabad. There are many hotels there for stay or else a morning to evening trip is just perfect and the jounrey, with lovely hills all around, simply awesome!
Some other nice cities are also close by. Rawalpindi is nice for its old fashioned bazaars, Khanpur for a lovely lake and a dam/ fall. Abbotabad is just 2 hours drive which is a nice and calm town of Khuber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Taxilla, one of the ancient civilaztions on earth (about 5000 year-old) is also an hour and a half jounrey from Islamabad.
Also, don't miss out on the National Park there and if you're super rich, go stay in Serena Hotel Islamabad. You will love it!
Will definitely add more to my review soon.
So much to see there. Pack up, move out :)
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