First Time Tourists Guide in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Islamabad is one of the most beautiful cities of Pakistan full of natural beauty, greenery, and fascinating places to visit.

he most noticeable and impressive landmarks is Pakistan Monument.

Another amazing architecture can be found at Faisal Mosque.

Besides, the city also popular for its wonderful sightseeing spot, Rawal Lake.

Let's explore this amazing city!

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SIGHTSEEING

Have a wonderful sightseeing at Rawal Lake. It is an artificial lake used to provide water needs from the city. Located within an isolated part of Margalla Hills National Park, the place offers a nice spot. With lush green trees and flowers surround the water, it gives you a relaxing atmosphere. You can either hike a nearby hills to get panoramic view over the water or just enjoy a picnic near the lake.

Rawal Lake

This is a popular and comfortable place to go for sightseeing.

It is a recreational area with a greenery surroundings.

Enjoy a picnic with your family or try a fishing activity during your visit.

Do not forget to prepare your camera to capture the stunning view.

Address : Murree Rd, LAKE VIEW PARK, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 49510, Pakistan

DOWNTOWN

Downtown of Islamabad is a residential area with many luxurious buildings. It also a central for economic business that always busy. When it comes to attractions to see in the city centre, the closest is Lok Virsa Museum. This destination houses a fascinating range of traditional handicrafts such as costumes, old jewelry, and woodcarving. The museum consists both indoor and outdoor exhibition showing vibrant and diverse Pakistan's culture.

Lok Virsa Museum

This is truly a heritage of Pakistan and other countries.

This is presented so beautifully.

Lok virsa museum is an ethnology museum where you can see the culture and traditions of different provinces and tribes of Pakistan.

Very interesting place to visit for all ages especially for the children to observe various living traditions.

Address : Garden Avenue، Shakarparian Rd, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

SHOPPING

The city of Islamabad has plenty big malls with great architecture. One of the most visited is The Centaurus. Consisted of three skyscrapers, it is a mixture of residential, office towers and five shopping malls. The modern British architecture attracts everyone who passing through. There are a lot to find in this malls including clothing stores to souvenirs. There is also a children play area and other entertainment facilities.

FOOD & DRINK

As a diverse city, Islamabad has dozens lip smacking foods to eat. Try the popular Chelo Kebab, a delicious combination of rice and meat with saffron added to give aromatic texture. Also try tasty slice of Cheese Naans if you are a cheese lovers. Take a glass of lassi as very famous beverage in Islamabad. Or you may also taste Rabri Doodh, sweetened milk with cream or layers of malai on it.

CULTURE

Islamabad is a city with variety migrants from other region of Pakistan. Thus, the city holds rich cultural and religious diversity. Moreover, it also has high influence from ancient cultures and civilization such as Aryan, Soanian, and Indus Valley.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

For a comfortable vacation in Islamabad, you may go there during March to December. You will have a pleasant until very hot temperature on those months. You should remember that he highest temperature usually happen in June.

HOTEL

Islamabad Serena Hotel allows you to witness a luxury night stay. It is considered as one of leading hotels of the world. With great facilities, the hotel brings you into the culture, heritage, and lifestyles of Pakistan's capital. Situated just opposite The Centaurus Mall, Livin Hub Guest House always attracts travelers attention to stay. This 2 star hotel is a perfect budget stay hotel with helpful amenities. Importantly, it give you easy access to visit some popular detonations.

The Centaurus

One of the most unique shopping centres.

The building itself is stunning and modern.

There are many brands stores are availabe in this mall.

The facilities are complete and well maintaned.

Great for looking for food court,clothing store,or just walk around with whole family.

Address : F8، 4 Jinnah Avenue, F 8/4 F-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44220, Pakistan

Islamabad Serena Hotel

This hotel is known as the top class hotel of Islamabad, infect its one of the best in Pakistan.

Serena Hotel chain always welcome you with the modern hospitality with a touch of local traditional architecture.

The rooms vary in their decore and space based on the price overall it's a wonderful hotel and the breakfast is complimentary.

The staff is really courteous and trained in hospitality industry.

Address : Khayaban-e-Suhrwardy, opposite Convention Centre، G-5/1 G-5, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

RESTAURANT

Get the finest dining experience by visiting Monal Restaurant. Located in the top of Margalla Hills, the restaurant offers you amazing city view while you are enjoying the meals. It offers you wide range of oriental foods and other Pakistani food. All menu are extraordinary and fresh. Khoka Khola, another popular restaurant offers you its delicious local cuisines that served in traditional utensils. Nested in the Blue Area, this place has special dishes that varied every day.

Monal Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants to have dinner with a beautiful view all around from the roof top.

Food is really delicious and hygienic and the presentation is very good.

It has also a romantic touch for couple dine out.

Atmosphere is great and staff is courteous and presentable.

Address : 9KM Pir Sohawa Rd, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Khoka Khola

Amazing restaurant with old touch of music & antique decor.

Traditional touch with great presentation.

It serves best desi food and Khoka Khola has the best lassi too.

Courteous staff and excellent hygiene level.

Address : Beverly Centre, Jinnah Ave, F 6/1 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

CAFE

A tea-centric cafe, Chaaye Khana has became a favorite place for tea lovers since couple years ago. There are about seventy blends of teas you can choose. It's a nice place to hangout with friends and family. Another great place is Burning Brownie. This cozy cafe offers variety of delicious cupcakes and deserts. You can also order custom made cakes here.

Chaaye Khana

One of favourite cafes with cozy and friendly environment.

Excellent option for breakfast with reasonable prices.

It's a heaven for tea lovers, as a long list of tea specialities are included in menu.

They also serve some yummy food in Islamabad, good options from local and continental cuisine and snacks with a variety of

The staff and waiters are well informed and courteous.

Address : Shop # 11, Block B United Bakery Plaza Super market،, F-6 Markaz F 6 Markaz F-6, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

Burning Brownie

This is such an amazing cafe in the heart of Islamabad.

Set in the backdrop of blue area Islamabad it is one of the better places you can visit for a light snack or a meal.

Moderate selection of average quality desserts.

The best thing about this cafe is their cheesecake.

The ambiance of the cafe is very cozy and meets all the aesthetic requirements of any foodie.

Address : Beverly Centre, Shop #66 F6، 1 Nazim-ud-din Rd, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

There is very limited bars or pubs in Islamabad. But, you can still experience a fun nightlife by enjoying the street music performances or going to theater to enjoy local performances. Heading to Open Air Theater Shakarparian will give you unusual cultural trip. Make sure to look for detail information on the website for further events you wish to attend. If you really want to have beers or wine, you can go to Islamabad Marriot hotel.

Open Air Theatre Shakarparian

It's an amazing bar for fun with your friends.

All cultural night programs are performed here in islamabad.

Address : Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Islamabad Marriot hotel

One of the most amazing bars sets in beautiful hotel.

The food served in the restaurants is of high quality and also beer.

Foods are excellent, multiple choices in food, Pakistani, Chinese, Thai , Japanese, Italian ,best steak house in town.

They have maintained quality.

Address : Agha Khan Rd, F-5/1 Shalimar 5، Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

INTERESTING PLACE

Take a visit to the wonderful Daman-e-Koh. This famous spot is a popular viewpoint and a hill top garden. It is perfect if you go there around 4 pm and waiting for the sunset to come. If you are there on Sunday, you will find small carnival-like market full of snacks. Margalla Hills National Park is more than an interesting places to go. Boasting natural beauty of hill and lake, it offers fantastic views and refreshing atmosphere.

Daman-e-Koh

Daman-e-Koh is one of the most interesting places from where you can have a look of Islamabad natural beauty and it's landscape.

Whole view of Islamabad can be seen from here.

Awesome viewpoint and cute little stalls for food and souvenirs.

A nice place for family picnic.

Address : Daman -e- Koh Rd, E-7, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

Margalla Hills National Park

It is really a nice place for hiking or a short trip in Islamabad.

It is always fun to be around nature and margala hills national park offers a great opportunity.

The place is natural , green which gives you relaxation.

Address : Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Islamabad has several incredible architecture landmarks that will amazed you. The largest Faisal Mosque has unique architecture with the structure shaped as a Beduoin tent. It best for you to go on evening. The artificial mosque light and natural light of sunset will illuminate the structure with an orange hue. The most impressive spot to capture is Pakistan Monument. With a Mughal style this monument is constructed to symbolize the unity of Pakistani people.

Faisal Mosque

One of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan.

The infrastructure is amazingly decent, all the things are taken into account and the location is splendid.

The mosque is vast covering an showing off its perfection.

It is neat and clean, and a holy place huge area and for the Muslims to visit.

Address : Shah Faisal Ave, E-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

Pakistan Monument

The Pakistan Monument is a national monument and heritage museum located on the western Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The monument was constructed to symbolize the unity of the Pakistani people.

It is dedicated to the people of Pakistan who sacrificed their "today" for a better "tomorrow".

The monument itself is amazing and the artwork and poetry all along the mural is fantastic.

Address : Shakarparian Hills، Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan