Islamabad, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is just a place which is modern like London yet naturally breathtaking scenery like Switzerland. Islamabad has a bunch of tourist attractions places like Margalla Hills, Shakarparian, Faisal mosque and many others. Maybe it is your first time visiting Pakistan as a tourist and you visit Islamabad, and this city just leaves you in awe with its scenic beauty. In this article, I’ll tell you about the best top 10 places to visit in Islamabad, so buckle up to read till the end.
Top 10 Tourist Places in Islamabad
Islamabad has more than 10 places to visit which all have their charm but the top 10 best places to visit in Islamabad are:
- Faisal Mosque
- Shakarparian national park
- Margalla Hills
- Lake view park
- Aabpara market and food street
- F7 Markaz Food Street
- Pakistan monument museum
- Lal masjid(Red mosque)
- Centaurus mall
It is located in the North of Islamabad. A tourist attraction corner and a great place to visit in Islamabad with family, located in the centre of Margalla hills. A garden which serves as a perfect picnic spot for tourists and the residents of Islamabad. It is about 500ft above Islamabad.
When you visit some new country or city, you always ponder about the fact that where am I gonna stay? So, there are a lot of hotels and guest houses near and in Daman-e-koh like the Grand Islamabad Hotel, Sunrise Guest House and many more.
2. Faisal Mosque
The largest mosque in Pakistan and fifth fifth-largest mosque in the whole world. Located at the the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad. The architecture and designs of Faisal mosque are mind-blowing. It is shaped like a desert’s bedouin tent and can accommodate up to 300,000 worshippers at a time.
3. Shakarparian National Park
Shakarparian is one of the most beautiful places in Islamabad. The park is located near the Zero Point interchange in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is a famous spot where President Ayub Khan declared that Islamabad would be the new capital of Pakistan.
As a new visitor, you might be worried about timings so, it’s timings are 8 am to 7 pm. Famous restaurants in Shakarparian are EAT Street, Ashania Restaurant, 1969 Restaurant and many others.
4. Margalla Hills National Park
Margalla Hills is famous in Pakistan for its iconic picturesque sceneries. The Margalla Hills National Park is located in Islamabad near its Nothern boundary with Haripur District. The park includes Margalla hills, the foothills of the Himalayas, and also Shakarparian, Daman-e-Koh and Rawal Lake.
Don’t get scared but you even might get to see some animals there like the Indian leopard, fox and many other animals.
5. Lake View Park
Located in Islamabad, between Rawal Lake and Murree Road. Has several fun spits to enjoy with your family and friends like horse riding, rock climbing, boating, fishing and yes really great food stalls. Overall, it is one of the finest places to visit in Islamabad. Its timings are 10 am to 10 pm.
6. Aabpara Market and Food Street
A commercial market area located southwest of Sector G-6, Islamabad, along Khayaban-e-Suharwardy. It is considered the oldest market in Islamabad as it was built in 1960. Not only a market for shopping for clothes, jewellery and other stuff but also has a food street to make you get rid of your hunger and make you ask for more food after every bite. The famous food spots here are Melody Food Park, Allah Badshah Lahori Bhasha food and many other good stalls and restaurants to visit.
7. F7 Markaz Food Street
On any sort of trip, one of the worries you have is about FOOD. Everybody thinks about this fact as a tourist that will this or that country’s food will suit my taste buds or not. The food streets of Pakistan will never disappoint you, just like F7 Markaz food street in Islamabad.
It is a famous food street in Islamabad and surely the best place to visit in Islamabad at night. At night the whole place is filled with aromas of different foods like nihari, pizzas or Chapli kebabs. The few best restaurants to go to are Kabul Restaurant and Chikchino.
8. Pakistan Monument Museum
As a tourist, your interest will obviously be in the history of the country you are visiting. Pakistan monument is one of those places which gives an insight into Pakistan’s history. It is located in Islamabad on the western Shakarparian hills. The Pakistan monument was constructed to symbolise the unity of the Pakistani people.
9. Lal Masjid (Red Mosque)
A great architectural and historical place to visit in Islamabad. It was constructed in 1966 and was considered the largest mosque in Pakistan till the Faisal mosque was not built. Its infrastructure and architecture are just optimistically crazy, as it gives off royal Mughal vibes. Its name is derived from the red colour of the Mosque’s walls and interiors.
10. Centaurus Mall
It is located in Islamabad, at 4 Jinnah Avenue. Has designer stores like Alkaram studio, Almira and Amir Adnan. Along with shopping, it offers entertainment as it also has a cineplex where the latest movies are played. Not only for shopping and entertainment but also a great place for food and dining as it has great restaurants. Overall, this mall is a package place to visit in Islamabad with family and friends.
As a Pakistani, I can confirm that it is really hard to visit each and every place of only Islamabad. When I visited it was struggling for me to even know all the tourist attractions places there. But now since, I am experienced and know that one needs a guide to explore a new country or city, I present this article to you, so that when you will visit Islamabad you know where you have to go.
- Why is the infrastructure of Islamabad different from other cities in Pakistan?
It’s because Islamabad is a planned city of Pakistan and also the capital of Pakistan.
- Is it safe to drive in Margalla Hills?
Yes, it is a safe and sound place to drive and to have a good trip.
- Why has Islamabad become the capital of Pakistan?
Because Islamabad was easily accessible from all cities.