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Guided Day Tour of Islamabad

Created with Sketch. Jinnah Super Market, College Road, F-7 Markaz F 7 Markaz F-7, Islamabad, Pakistan
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1

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No Cancellation

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan, and is administered by the Pakistani federal government as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. It is the ninth-largest city in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad–Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the country’s third-largest with a population of about 4.1 million people.

Creating beauty and preserving cultural heritage are goals for any assiduous urban planner, and few capitals around the globe can kill two birds with one stone, juxtaposing the old and the new with spectacular neck-craning wonders. Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad however has some legitimate swagger to boast about. Stunning pyramidal mosques share the green cityscape, dotted with relaxing and family-friendly parks, rustic ruins, and avant-garde markets for the youthful hip crowd. Its no wonder that Pakistan’s pride gets on the podium for being the 2nd most beautiful city in the world, an often overlooked prestige that many people are oblivious to.

Cultural Heritage Sights

For many fresh-off the plane travelers, the absence of skyscrapers and electric-flashing districts should be a sight of relief. Islamabad’s historical sites not only chronicle Pakistan’s development as a nation since it’s formation in 1947, but offer unique insight into the cultural diversity of Pakistani people.

 

1) The Pakistan Monument. 

Nestled in the Shakarparian forest-covered hills overlooking the city, the Pakistan Monument stands erect as a petal-closed flower, arching its pointed granite blocks together towards the sky just as sports players embrace each other before a game. This harmonic convergence symbolizes Pakistan’s national unification and solidarity as one people.

In addition, the four converging petals represent Pakistan’s major provinces – Balochistan, Punjab, Kyhber-Pakhtunkwa and Sindh while the shorter petals sandwiched between them portray Pakistan’s territories – specifically Azad Kashmir, GilgitBaltistan, and government controlled Tribal Areas.

Ensconced on top of a patio foundation made up of marble, the patriotic structure allow’s a picturesque bird-like view of the capital. The national monument also offers an exquisite wax statue exhibit, depicting the country’s arduous endeavor in winning independence and founding a new nation.

2) LokVirsa Museum 

Five minutes by foot from Pakistani’s monument, the LokVirsa museum, meaning “place of people’s heritage,” is another beautiful exhibit illustrating the unique culture of Pakistani people. Working in collaboration with UNESCO, the museum owes its outstanding maintenance and well-preserved artifacts to the organization’s donations.

Displaying pieces of pottery, art, musical instruments, religious statues, and architectural relics the museum takes you on a pleasant walk through an outside garden while escorting you through nine galleries of Buddhist and Sufi shrines dating back to antiquity.

3) Faisal Mosque 

Recognized as one the most iconic structures of Islamabad in travel photography, the desert-tented mosque holds one of Islam’s most divine places of worship as it stretches above a surface area of 5000 square meters. Flanked with four towering spires on each corner, the sacred temple stands as an illuminated beacon from any vantage point across the city.

Accommodating nearly a quarter million people to worship, the modern-looking wonder is situated at the foundation of the Margalla hills. Intricately carved mosaics of marble and glass in triangular patterns hang from the tented ceiling in the prayer room which itself can hold over 10,000 people. Adjacent to the prayer room is the primary lecture hall as well as a library, restaurant and a cafe.

4) Saidpur Village 

If your’re looking for a rustic down-to-earth break from Islamabad’s glitzy malls and teeming bazaars, Saidpur village is a great place to experience authentic village life in a 21st century metropolis. Meandering through the square-roofed village in a ravine of the Margalla hills, one can visit a Hindu temple and a Sikh gurdwara.

Feel free to roam the laid-back gravelly streets as children run and greet and you around the ancient artwork and residents playing sitaars enjoy the town’s simple and traditional lifestyle.

High quality restaurants such as Des Pardes and DeraPakhtoon will give you some sizzling plates of spicy chicken masala as you gaze upon the Himalaya foothills.

Natural Attractions 
Sometimes nicknamed the “Green City,” Islamabad is famous for its nature-loving residents and scenic attractions.

5) Margalla hills and Daman-e-Koh Park 

The hilly forest-covered terrain of the Margalla range leading up to the Himalaya mountains is visible around Islamabad and is often traversed by vista-seeking enthusiasts.

Walking up the trails you may see some of the range’s abundant wildlife such as the Rhesus macaque monkey and the Asian Paradise flycatcher, a rare and exotic bird with a long light-grayish tail.

Meaning “foot hills” in ancient Persian language, Daman-e-Koh is a spectacular vista point in the Margalla hills where one can get a panoramic view of Islamabad and the picturesque Faisal mosque on the horizon.

6) Rawal Lake 

Flowing down from the Margalla hills, the Korang river pours into the Rawal lake, a scenic reservoir in the Malpur village district of Islamabad. Interlaced around its perimeter are gardens with picnic spots under shady groves and quiet paths to saunter with loved ones. Taking paddle and motor boats out on the lake are great activities for families and friends.

7) Monal Restaurant 

Located in Daman-e-Kohpark, this high quality and affordable restaurant specializes in chicken and rice dishes ranging from chicken Seekh kebabs to Biryani South Asian rice. According to TripAdvisor, the restaurant is ranked as the number one eating-out joint in Islamabad and the view over the city is irresistible.

8) Jinnah Supermarket 

Famous as a trendy hang out spot for youth and fashion-seekers, this circular shaped supermarket complex offers a smorgasbord of world dishes, cafes, hole-in-the wall eateries and music stores.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famous cultural heritage sites
  • Mosques
  • Margala Hills
  • Lake/dams
  • Parks

What you will do

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9: 00 am : The Pakistan Monument
9: 00 am : The Pakistan Monument
The guests will be greeted at the pickup spot; The trips starts with visiting the Pakistan Monumnet:

Nestled in the Shakarparian forest-covered hills overlooking the city, the Pakistan Monument stands erect as a petal-closed flower, arching its pointed granite blocks together towards the sky just as sports players embrace each other before a game. This harmonic convergence symbolizes Pakistan’s national unification and solidarity as one people.

In addition, the four converging petals represent Pakistan’s major provinces – Balochistan, Punjab, Kyhber-Pakhtunkwa and Sindh while the shorter petals sandwiched between them portray Pakistan’s territories – specifically Azad Kashmir, GilgitBaltistan, and government controlled Tribal Areas.
Ensconced on top of a patio foundation made up of marble, the patriotic structure allow’s a picturesque bird-like view of the capital. The national monument also offers an exquisite wax statue exhibit, depicting the country’s arduous endeavor in winning independence and founding a new nation.
LokVirsa Museum
LokVirsa Museum
Five minutes by foot from Pakistani’s monument, the LokVirsa museum, meaning “place of people’s heritage,” is another beautiful exhibit illustrating the unique culture of Pakistani people. Working in collaboration with UNESCO, the museum owes its outstanding maintenance and well-preserved artifacts to the organization’s donations.

Displaying pieces of pottery, art, musical instruments, religious statues, and architectural relics the museum takes you on a pleasant walk through an outside garden while escorting you through nine galleries of Buddhist and Sufi shrines dating back to antiquity.
Faisal Mosque
Faisal Mosque
Recognized as one the most iconic structures of Islamabad in travel photography, the desert-tented mosque holds one of Islam’s most divine places of worship as it stretches above a surface area of 5000 square meters. Flanked with four towering spires on each corner, the sacred temple stands as an illuminated beacon from any vantage point across the city.

Accommodating nearly a quarter million people to worship, the modern-looking wonder is situated at the foundation of the Margalla hills. Intricately carved mosaics of marble and glass in triangular patterns hang from the tented ceiling in the prayer room which itself can hold over 10,000 people. Adjacent to the prayer room is the primary lecture hall as well as a library, restaurant and a cafe.

Saidpur Village
Saidpur Village
If your’re looking for a rustic down-to-earth break from Islamabad’s glitzy malls and teeming bazaars, Saidpur village is a great place to experience authentic village life in a 21st century metropolis. Meandering through the square-roofed village in a ravine of the Margalla hills, one can visit a Hindu temple and a Sikh gurdwara.

Feel free to roam the laid-back gravelly streets as children run and greet and you around the ancient artwork and residents playing sitaars enjoy the town’s simple and traditional lifestyle.

High quality restaurants such as Des Pardes and DeraPakhtoon will give you some sizzling plates of spicy chicken masala as you gaze upon the Himalaya foothills.
Margalla hills and Daman-e-Koh Park
Margalla hills and Daman-e-Koh Park
The hilly forest-covered terrain of the Margalla range leading up to the Himalaya mountains is visible around Islamabad and is often traversed by vista-seeking enthusiasts.

Walking up the trails you may see some of the range’s abundant wildlife such as the Rhesus macaque monkey and the Asian Paradise flycatcher, a rare and exotic bird with a long light-grayish tail.

Meaning “foot hills” in ancient Persian language, Daman-e-Koh is a spectacular vista point in the Margalla hills where one can get a panoramic view of Islamabad and the picturesque Faisal mosque on the horizon
Rawal Lake / Lake View and Bird Park
Rawal Lake / Lake View and Bird Park
Flowing down from the Margalla hills, the Korang river pours into the Rawal lake, a scenic reservoir in the Malpur village district of Islamabad. Interlaced around its perimeter are gardens with picnic spots under shady groves and quiet paths to saunter with loved ones. Taking paddle and motor boats out on the lake are great activities for families and friends.

The Bird Park is the worlds' third Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary. Be sure to bring your camera. More than 300 Bird species



Monal Restaurant MARGALA
Monal Restaurant MARGALA
Located in Daman-e-Kohpark, this high quality and affordable restaurant specializes in chicken and rice dishes ranging from chicken Seekh kebabs to Biryani South Asian rice. According to TripAdvisor, the restaurant is ranked as the number one eating-out joint in Islamabad and the view over the city is irresistible.
Jinnah Supermarket

Famous as a trendy hang out spot for youth and fashion-seekers, this circular shaped supermarket complex offers a smorgasbord of world dishes, cafes, hole-in-the wall eateries and music stores.

This will be the end of this beautiful day trip, hope to see you soon!

Included/Excluded

  • English/Urdu speaking Professional Guide
  • Vehicle with Driver and Fuel
  • Tolls and taxes
  • Lunch and Dinner Buffet
  • Hotel Room
  • Personal items
  • Shopping
  • Unforeseen expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in Included

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Created with Sketch. Jinnah Super Market, College Road, F-7 Markaz F 7 Markaz F-7, Islamabad, Pakistan

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