Most Interesting Places to visit in Islamabad, Pakistan

by | Mar 2, 2020 | islamabad, new, pakistan

Relatively a new city, Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan can be described as a calm, quiet and green city that offers everything, from leisure to peace. It is situated on the Potohar Plateau, which is one of the earliest known sites of human settlement in Asia. Those who live here can not help but never imagine leaving this city, while those who come and visit it want to spend a little more time than they have planned on to. Here is the list of most interesting places to visit in Islamabad.

Faisal Mosque

The Faisal Mosque is an eye-popping piece of architecture, nestled at the foot of Margalla Hills. It is one of the largest Mosques in Asia and is a blend of modern and traditional architectural design styles. It is so huge that it can be seen from miles away. Its four minarets stand up straight above the prayer hall which when seen from above looks like a Bedouin’s tent. The Mosque’s prayer hall can hold 10,000 worshipers while the courtyard can hold 40,000.

The mosque holds its beauty due to the fact that it is situated directly in front of the lush green Margalla Hills and the white marble of the mosque adds beauty to it. Visitors can visit different parts of the mosque and sit down and take in the beauty in peace.

Location: Shah Faisal Ave, E-8, Islamabad
Timings: Before sunrise till 22:00
Entrance fee: free of charge

Picture of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad

Faisal Masjid, Islamabad © Aumair Azeem Malik / Wikimedia Commons


Imagine sitting on a hill, staring at a whole city. Damn-e-Koh is your place if you love such sights. On its beautifully structured roads and tall pine trees on both sides, you can enjoy a stroll. There are also amazing restaurants on the sides of the road.

The sunset from Damn-e- Koh is another beautiful sight that one must witness. There are monkeys near the edge of trees or even on footpaths and roads that you can feed. Drive up a little further and reach Monal, another amazing viewpoint with restaurants serving piping hot food.

Location: e Daman -e- Koh Rd, E-7, Islamabad
Timings: Everyday 07:00 – 22:00
Entrance fee: 20 PKR

Islamabad view from damn e koh

Islamabad view from Damn-e-Koh © Yourrauf / Wikimedia Commons

Pakistan Monument

Driving down Faisal Avenue, one cannot ignore the dome-shaped structure on the western Shakar Parian hills. This structure that looks like a blooming flower, has engraved on it the whole history of Pakistan in the form of pictures. The place is usually quiet where one can spend some time in solitude with history in the surrounding. There is also a museum that displays objects important in Pakistani history.

Location: Shakarparian Hills، Islamabad
Timings: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 20:00. Prayer break 13:00 to 14:00 on Friday. Monday closed.
Entrance fee: PKR 200 for foreigners
Contact number: 051-9249200

File:Blue Hour at Pakistan Monument.jpg

Blue Hour at Pakistan Monument © Muhammad Ashar / Wikimedia Commons

Rose and Jasmine Garden

Envision yourself surrounded by thousands of flowers, their sweet smells enchanting you with birds chirping and butterflies flapping their wings around you. Rose and Jasmine Garden is located in the middle of Islamabad.

There are over a hundred different types of roses and ten different types of jasmines planted by the authorities. Walk around the sanctuary, allowing the different scents to enchant you while admiring the fountains and the small lake. Every year the Garden hosts different flower exhibitions and other events.

Location: Kashmir Hwy, Islamabad
Timings: Everyday 08:00 – 21:00
Entrance fee: Free of charge

Fatimah Jinnah Park

The Fatimah Jinnah Park is so huge that one can not discover everything it has to offer in one day. Fatimah Jinnah park or F-9 Park is one of South-East Asia’s biggest park and it has a lot to offer for everyone. It has a few man-made structures including Megazone where you can enjoy activities like bowling and swimming. The rest of the park constitutes of well-maintained lawns and jungle where one can enjoy peace of mind in true sense. Most locals come here for exercise and running because of its jogging tracks.

Location: F-9, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Timings: Everyday 05:00 – 22:00
Entrance fee: Free of charge

Fatima Jinnah Garden at sunset

Fatima Jinnah Park, Islamabad © Fassifarooq / Wikimedia Commons

Shah Allah Ditta Caves

Strikingly, the old village “Shah Allah Ditta”, named after the Mughal Darvaish holds a special aura in its air that takes you away from the busy city life. The caves present at this site date back to the Buddhist era and are 2400 years old.

These caves have taken shape of tufa, which is a thick, rough, rock-like carbonate deposit that is formed by water deposits. The caves are surrounded by old trees and a water stream, that is full of fish. Drive a little up and you’ll find yourself at amazing restaurants on the hilltop that give a view of the city below.

Location: Shah Allah Ditta Rd, Shah Allah Dita, Islamabad
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Free of charge

shah allah ditta caves islamabad

Shah Allah Ditta caves © Muhammad Bin Naveed / Wikimedia Commons

Golra Station

The Golra Shareef Railway Station, located on the outskirts of Islamabad, provides a glimpse into Pakistan before its creation. The station welcomes visitors with its panoramic views of Old banyan trees, steam engines, a small Victorian-style building, and a serene environment.

The Station also has a museum that has preserved many antique locomotive trains, steam engines and lifters stationed at the platform. The Golra Station is a quiet Station with not much hustle-bustle. People usually visit it for taking pictures.

Location: Golra Rd, Islamabad
Timings: Open 24 hours(Trains) 10:00-19:00 (Museum)
Entrance fee: PKR 10 for Museum Entry.

Picture taken at GOlra sharif railway museum islamabad

Golra Sharif Railway Museum and Station © Rana Usman Shakoor / Wikimedia Commons

Lake View Park

Lake View Park is one of the most visited recreational spots in Islamabad. It is very popular among locals. This park has been beautifully built alongside Rawal Lake, an artificial reservoir. It is a fun-filled place that provides activities such as fishing, paintball battlefields, archery, rock climbing, F1 tracks, boating and many more. There is also a walk-in bird aviary which is one of the most wonderful features of the park. The park has long tracks along which people often come to jog or walk around.

Location: Murree Rd, Lake view park, Islamabad
Timings: Everyday 10:00 – 22:00
Entrance fee: PKR 20 for the park entry

Lake View Park Islamabad Entrance © Syed Fahad Wasti / Wikimedia Commons

Shakar Parian

This urban wilderness, located in the south of Islamabad on top of a hill provides a bird’s eye view of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Rawal lake. It has an arboretum with trees planted by dozens of foreign heads of states as well as sculpted gardens. The Lok Virsa, Pak-China friendship center and many other buildings adjacent to Shakar Parian are also must-visit for tourists. The place provides tranquility and also has many food stalls that serve local food.

Location: Islamabad Expressway
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: PKR 50

Crescent and Star monument near the start of Shakarparian © Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi / Wikimedia Commons

Featured Image: Pakistan Monument © Shahid Khan /

<a href="" target="_blank">Ramsha Alam</a> | Writer

Ramsha Alam | Writer


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