Islamabad’s scenic beauty and serene environment is what makes it one of the beautiful capital cities of the world
By Tazeen Hoda
Who doesn’t know Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, but did you know that Islamabad has been declared as the second most beautiful capital city in the world?
Although Pakistanis do appreciate the serene environment and visual beauty of Islamabad. However, Pakistan’s capital city has been recognized by the rest of the world as well.
Islamabad has been ranked second in the list of world’s most beautiful capitals followed by Paris, Washington, Berlin and Tokyo while London secures the first position. We should feel proud of the fact that our country’s capital is on the list with world’s top capitals.
Islamabad has a peaceful atmosphere and is mostly considered a quiet city. It is renowned for its greenery and stunning marvels that every person looks for in a city.
Apart from the natural beauty, Islamabad is home to some amazing man-made architectures and monuments like Shah Faisal Mosque, National Monument, Daman-e-Koh, Lok Virsa museum and more.
Although Pakistan is a developing country, but we have some of the best restaurants, tourist spots, top hotels, modern shopping arcades and much more. Some of the luxury hotels of Islamabad are Serena Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Islamabad Hotel. Centaurus Mall and Safa Gold Mall are some of the top of the line malls of Islamabad.
Must-do things in Islamabad
If you happen to be in world’s second best capital city, here are some of the things you must try:
Pay a visit to Shah Faisal Mosque
This is one of the largest mosques in Pakistan with beautiful interior and exterior, a gift to Pakistan by Saudi King Faisal. It You should definitely pay a visit to Faisal Mosque, explore its beauty and offer prayers at least once.
The national monument of Pakistan represent our country and its beauty. Pakistan Monument is located in the Shakarparian Hills and is spread over a total area of 2.8 hectares. The four petals of the Monument signifies four provinces and three territories of Pakistan.
Islamabad, located on the Pothohar Plateau, is regarded to be one of the earliest sites of human settlement in Asia. Visitors can come across many good historic places in the city. Saidpur village is a must visit site. Bari Imam and Golra Sharif are some of the prominent shrines in the capital city where you can find many devotees and can witness a religious feel of Islamabad.
Museums and Art galleries
Islamabad also happen to be one of the best places for lovers of art and history. Some of the noteworthy places to visit include Lok Virsa museum, Heritage Museum, Golra Railway Museum, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Nomad Gallery, National Art Gallery and Rohtas Gallery that are a must for history lovers.
Hills and Parks
Best part about Islamabad is that the city is rich in natural beauty. There are many hiking trails and wonderful parks in the city. Some of the most beautiful natural scenery can be experienced in Margalla Hills, Rawal Lake, Daman-e-Koh, Fatima Jinnah Park, and Lake View Park. Fall and winter season is one the best time to visit these places to enjoy the weather.
Check out Islamabad and Rawalpindi’s top 5 parks here.
Monal restaurant, Kabuli restaurant, Pappasallis, Des Pardes are some of the top restaurants of Islamabad but the list of food places goes on. There is also a famous open food area called Melody Food Park. If you are an extreme foodie, do try out some of the best restaurants in Islamabad on your next trip.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit Islamabad as yet, don’t wait and plan a trip to experience the most interesting and beautiful city of Pakistan.