Visit Hotels in Islamabad
Islamabad and Rawalpindi
are twin cities with just a highway separating them.
Although Islamabad is a relatively young city, the region's
history spans over thousands of years. It became the new
capital of Pakistan after Karachi and settlement in
Islamabad began in the 1960s.
historical sites are found around the city of Islamabad.
Massive forts, Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and Sikh
Gurdwaras are all located within driving distance of
Islamabad. The remnants of the Gandhara Civilization, the
city of Rawalpindi, Hassan Abdal, Attock, the Salt Ranges,
Kallar Kahar, and the Murree Hills, including the 'Galiyaat'
are also worth seeing.
In spite of
the difficult times that Pakistan is facing today, Islamabad
is a thriving hub of economic and cultural activities. The
city offers beautiful parks and recreational areas,
breathtaking scenery, museums and art galleries, busy
shopping areas, mouth watering local and foreign cuisines
and a wide array of architectural wonders that are a unique
blend of Islamic architecture with modern vision.
(Islamabad's financial center)
The Blue Area is the commercial and business hub of
Islamabad, Pakistan. It is called the "Blue Area" because it
was represented in a colour blue in the original design of
the planned city. The area is actually a corridor that runs
along Islamabad's Kayban-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Islamabad's primary
arterial road which leads up to the main government
buildings. The Blue Area has recently received a significant
amount of foreign direct investment. Recently, construction
The Centaurus, a multi-purpose complex in the Blue Area
which will include residential and office towers, and a
luxury hotel. There are many tall skyscrapers in blue area.
Centaurus Mega Mall
Shopping and Entertainment Haven
The Centaurus Mall is an iconic retail,
entertainment, and lifestyle destination that stimulates
visitors with its vibrant mix of retail and entertainment
segments. This is Pakistan's most successful destination for
shopping and family entertainment. The combination of the
stunning architecture, the size, quality of shopping,
leisure, and convenience will drive this mall to a
commercial success and revolutionize modern shopping
& Pir Sohawa
These hills over looking Islamabad offer a sweeping,
panoramic view of Islamabad. The place is ideal for
afternoon and evening outing with family and friends.
Its beauty is enhanced by the greenery and flowers at
different sites. High quality restaurants, good food,
live music, hiking trails and lush green hillsides make
it a favorite place for local and foreign tourist alike.
Children Park, a gift of Japan for Pakistani children is
located near Islamabad Zoo, and was established on
December 30, 1985. It is popular among children,
families and to those visiting Islamabad from other
cities due to its park facilities and children swing
Zoo is located at the foot of Daman-e-Koh view point. It
has more than 300 animals including 200 birds of
different kinds were also there for visitors, besides
tigers, lions and other animals.
Comparable to 4-star hotels in Islamabad Pakistan,
NewCapeGrace provides accommodation in Islamabad for the
girls and boys who are looking for lodging or hostels in
mosque is situated against the backdrop of the
picturesque Margalla Hills. This placement defines its
importance, positioning it on elevated terraced land
ensures its visibility during day and night for miles
around. It is dedicated to the memory of the late King
Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously defrayed the cost
of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.
at its inception was conceptualized as the national
mosque of the Islamic nation and was intended to
symbolize the hopes and aspiration of Pakistan. The
Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay's design was selected
through an international competition. The mosque's
architecture is strikingly modern and unique, lacking
both the traditional domes and arches of most other
mosques around the world. The shape of the Faisal
Mosque is an eight-sided concrete shell inspired by a
desert Beduoin's tent and the cubic Ka'ba in Mecca.
Mosque has a capacity to accommodate approximately
300,000 worshippers (100,000 in its main prayer hall,
courtyard and porticoes and another 200,000 in its
Super(F-7) & Super Market (F-6)
of the main popular shopping markets in Islamabad that
offers a variety of products for purchasing from
clothing to jewelry to food. You name it and most
likely, they have it.
Another wonderful place. Consist of
beautiful hilly area for a nice evening walk in a green
The Pakistan Monument in Islamabad, Pakistan, is a
national monument representing the nation's four
provinces and three territories. After a competition
among many renowned architects, Arif Masood’s plan was
selected for the final design. The blooming flower shape
of the monument represents Pakistan's progress as a
rapidly developing country. The four main petals of the
monument represent the four provinces (Balochistan,
North West Frontier Province, Punjab, and Sindh), while
the three smaller petals represent the three territories
(Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir and the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas). The Monument has been
designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the
country and depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement,
dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future
From air the monument looks like a star (center) and a
crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals),
these represent the star and crescent on Pakistan's
Lake View Park (Rawal Lake)
The area around the
lake has been planted with flowering trees and laid
out with gardens, picnic spots, and secluded paths.
The terraced garden and the lake are used for picnics,
fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden
offers a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and
Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Boating, sailing, water skating and diving facilities
are organized by private clubs.
To the west of the lake is the Islamabad Club, which
offers different sporting facilities.
Fatima Jinnah Park
as the F-9 park (pointing out the fact that the covered
area is spread out through the entire sector) is a
public recreational park situated in sector F-9 of
Islamabad, Pakistan. The park is considered one of the
largest (in terms of covered area) in South East Asia.
The Islooites consider Fatima Jinnah Park as a healthy
way to indulge themselves in a brisk 'walk' routine
early morning after dawn or in the evening before dusk
when the weather is pleasant.
Lok Virsa Museum
The Lok Virsa or the Cultural Heritage Museum is a
must see for all those who wish to know about the
cultural history of Pakistan. It is the largest museum
of any kind in Pakistan, featuring more than 25 large
galleries in four blocks linked through passages
depicting cultural linkages with Iran, Central Asia
and China. There are large halls dedicated to
architecture, musical heritage, textiles, romances,
Sufi shrines and several other cultural themes.
It has a
large collection of embroidered costumes, jewellery,
woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone
work on display. The Heritage Reference Library of
Museum has a great collection of data on art, music,
history and crafts of all regions of Pakistan. Books
on culture, heritage, audio and video cassettes of
folk and classical vocal and instrumental music are
sold at the Lok Virsa's Sales Centre. Lok Virsa
celebrates the national events in a befitting manner
with musical concerts, exhibitions and public film
shows on cultural heritage.
National Art Gallery Islamabad
Saidpur used to be a sleepy little village lying in the
foothills of the Margallas with a mystic past and
breathtaking natural beauty. It has now been remodeled
and tourists have described the few hundred metres drive
to the village off the Khyaban-i-Iqbal as exhilarating.
The resort has become popular with the citizens of
Islamabad who want an occasional break from the frenzy
of urban life. Surrounded with lush, tranquil
wilderness, the centuries old village is furnished with
rustic fittings and offers amenities like a wide range
of local food outlets. Exhibitions are held regularly to
show case the traditional arts, crafts and the rich
cultural heritage of Pakistan.
Attend open-air theater
or just sit by the Lotus lake and relax. Check to
see if there are is anything happening. The schedules are
entirely calendar and weather dependant.
Located near Islamabad sports complex & Jinnah Stadium.
South of Shahrah-e-Kashmir road and east of Islamabad
Taxila-A World Heritage Site
is located about 30 kilometers from Islamabad and is
one of the most famous archaeological sites in the
world. It has been the center of Buddhism, the world
famous Gandhara sculpture and the center of learning
and culture. The city was conquered by several invadors
in history, including Alexander the Great in the 4th
century BC. As a result, Persian, Greek and Asian
influences are visible in the ruins of the city. Many
monasteries and stupas have been excavated all along
the Taxila valley. Taxila Museum is one of the best
and most well-maintained museums of Pakistan.
All the sites at Taxila cannot
be visited in a day. However, the museum, which is the
first stop for any tourist, is an ideal place to visit
and get an idea about the archaeological significance
of the place. The museum houses one of the best
collections of Gandhara art in Pakistan; a display of
artefacts detailing the daily life of the inhabitants
of ancient Taxila, and a useful model of the whole
valley showing all the archaeological sites.
Roasters Coffee House & Grill It is the one of the
popular franchised based coffee house in Pakistan, serving
gourmet coffees. To create a unique experience they have
carefully designed their menu to present a unique blend of
hot and cold appetizers, refreshing salads, gourmet
burgers, sandwiches, unique entry and mouthwatering
desserts. Roasters Coffee House & Grill has a cozy
ambiance, a blend dark mahogany wood, textured walls, hand
painted abstract art.
Salt 'n Pepper (Blue Area Islamabad) This
particular franchised restaurant location in Islamabad has
250 plus seating with an eye catching exterior and a state
of the art interior. It also has a huge parking area. The
restaurant has seating on ground floor and the first
floor. It also has a rooftop garden and a live B.B.Q. &
Pakistani Kitchen, Burgers, Sandwiches, some Chinese and
Steaks as well.. The restaurant also offers a separate
children menu and also has a Children Play Area.
Courtyard (F-7/2) Tuscany Courtyard is the new Italian
restaurant in Islamabad, and is generating quite a buzz
already, as they make their diners feel special by the
gentle sounds of music, an ornate fountain and delicately
shaded walls. The deliciously crisp air and wafts of
succulent food cooking fire up the appetite.
Restaurant/Cafe (Beverly Centre)
The newest addition to Islamabad's upper echelon eateries
is the restaurant/cafe Cinnamon. Combining delectable food
with impeccable service this place seems to be the right
option for food connoisseurs. At Cinnamon not only do they
prepare good food, they know how to present it with style.
@ SaidPur Islamabad Located right in the heart of new-Saidpur
village with the old-fashioned antique touch of the asian
culture. Enjoy your dine-out either in the open-air or
indoors at Des-Pardes.
Town Restaurant Most well known & popular Chinese
Restaurant in Islamabad and frequently crowded. The
restaurant is famous for is their Firehot/Hot Pot. China
Town enjoys a very loyal patronage from its customers. The
restaurant has been re-located in F-8/4. It features a
professional kitchen, a beautiful lounge on ground floor,
a fine dining hall on the first floor, and a roof top
sitting with a fantastic view of Margalla Hills.
Re-launched in December 2008, the new location is already
the talk of the town.
Heritage Cafe 1969 & time goes on. This theme based
Restaurant in Islamabad is situated near the MONUMENT
PAKISTAN, opposite LOK VIRSA, ISLAMABAD. A welcoming
Restaurant with its comfortable seating (Indoor/Outdoor) &
gentle lighting that suits all moods. Traditional
Pakistani dishes, Mediterranean/Continental and also a
selection of Seafood is available.
(Kitchen Cuisine) (F-7) KC grill is located at a quite
corner of Jinnah Super market. It is accommodated in a
house which has been renovated into a restaurant. The
restaurant is located on the second floor, above a
reputable bakery, and is very attractive.
Olive Garden(F-7/3) A
fine restaurant offering international standard dine-in
along with live music, located in the known GOLL Market in
Jahangir Balti & Bar B Q
(Blue-Area) is one of the most popular desi
restaurants chain, situated in the twin cities of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Jahangir started its business
with a single restaurant in Saddar, Rawalpindi. So treat
yourself to delicious local food and enjoy the cuisine of
Melody Food Park
is a great addition to Islamabad, and hundreds of people
come here to enjoy food. If you are looking for budget
restaurants in Islamabad then you must go to Melody Food
Park where there are around 25-30 different restaurants
serving food dishes of your choice.
Tonight Situated in Blue Area Islamabad, Bar-B-Q
tonight offers Pakistani food with balanced spices to
satisfy customer expectations for taste and value.
Cafe/SPA Islamabad( (G-6/3) An oasis of luxury in
Islamabad, promises to help you forget your worries for a
soothing, peaceful journey to the Orient. Good quality
food to a relaxing massage, all at one location.
(Rana Market F-7/2) Opened in Greenville, NC in 1960,
Hardee's have since grown to over 1900 locations and now
finally in Islamabad, Pakistan as well.. Known for its
made From Scratch biscuits and charbroiled 100% Black
Angus Beef & Chicken Thickburgers.
opened in Islamabad in 2002. Located in Jinnah Super
Market, you would always find it crowded with pizza
Chicken (KFC) located in Super Market (F-6), KFC has
their best variety of fried chicken for all age groups.
restaurant at the corner section of F-9/Fatima-Jinnah Park
Sandwiches (Blue Area)
largest submarine sandwich chain in the world with more
than 17,500 restaurants located in 71 countries. Subway
has its presence in Pakistan too. Their Islamabad outlet
is located in Blue Area. They offer hot sandwich with
bar-b-que chicken filling ,salads, cheese, olives and
One hour scenic journey through beautiful mountains to the
hill resort of Murree which is a nice place to visit
especially during summers. A small place has a weather
entirely different to that of Islamabad and much similar
to most cities of Northern Europe. High class educational
institues such as Lawrence College, Convent of Jesus and
Mary,and the Presentation Convent are the hallmark of
Murree. Chairlifts of Murree and Patriata, Kashmir point
are attractions for tourists. A two kilometer “Mall” is
the center of gravity of Murree where all the shops and
hotels are located. A place worth visiting during your
stay in Islamabad.
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