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1. Posted by Fahad2078 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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I want to start this thread for Islamabad, pakistan tourism information.

I need to know the places around islamabad Where I can make short trips from hours to max two days.

Can anybody guide me for this.

2. Posted by Uganda1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

There are several places you may visit when in Pakistan, however before you get started please remember that if you are a foreign/dual national it would be best to register with your respective embassy in Islamabad upon arrival.

Places near to Islamabad: Islamabad/Rawalpindi have all the creature comforts including 4/5 star hotels, western food outlet's, coffee bars, plenty of things to explore and good medical facilities within the twin city area.

Worth a look:

Pir Sohawa - Tourist Location in the Margalla Hills "Islamabad" distance from Central Islamabad: 12 KM

Rawalpindi "Also known as the Twin City of Islamabad" is roughly 36KM from Islamabad and offers a host of markets and tourist spots.

Whithin the Islamabad/Rawalpindi area you may explore the Margalla Hills, the smaller villages within Islamabad such as:

Shakarparian Hills
Shakarparian hills are situated near Zero Point, at a height of 609 meters. Its terraced garden offers pleasant and sweeping vistas of Margalla and Murree hills, Rawal Lake, Rawalpindi Islamabad. Snack Bar facilities are available.

Rawal Lake
This glistening man-made take covers an area of 8.8 sq. km. The terraced garden and the lake are ideal for picnic, fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden commands a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Daman-e-Koh
This low hill over looking Islamabad, known as Daman-e-Koh, offers panoramic view of Islamabad. The place is ideal for afternoon and evening outing with family and friends.

Rose and Jasmine garden
This 20,360 sq. meters rose garden is famous for its roses. It has 250 different varieties of roses as well as a dozen types of Jasmines. Flower shows are occasionally held here, particularly during spring. Nearby is the Tourist Camping Site.

Murghzar Mini Zoo and Children's Park
Murghzar Mini Zoo is located at the foot of Daman-e-Koh view point. A display corner of Pakistan Museum of Natural History and a Japanese style children's park have also been established near the Zoo. The Park is a gift to Pakistani children from the children of Japan.

Shah Faisal Mosque
This beautiful mosque was designed by a renowned Turkish Architect, Vedat Dalokay and named after late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. It is spread over 1,89,705 sq, meters with 88 meters high minarets and 40 meters high main prayer hall.

Simly Dam
It is situated at a distance of about 30 km north east of Islamabad. The lake is spread over an area of 28,750 acre. There is complete facilities for all kinds of water sports.

Nurpur village and Barri Imam
It is the most interesting village near Islamabad only 4km away. It is a place of Muslim pilgrimage because of the shrine of a 17th century saint, Syed Abdul Latif, the Barri Imam meaning holy man of the woods. Upon the hill side just behind Nurpur is the Holy Man's cave where the Imam lived for 12 years in meditation.

If your feeling home sick you can always pop down to Khosar Market with shops stocking everything from great books, doggie treats to a french bakery and dunkin doughnuts, the market is a frequented by the ex-pat community in Pakistan.

You can also visit the following:

Taxila: The Gandhāran city of Taxila was an important Buddhist centre of learning from the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE. UNESCO has listed 18 locations at Taxila as World Heritage Sites.

Great Leaders and Kings such as Alexander and Darius had made taxila their camp Taxila.

Also Vists: Golra Sharif Railway Station,1994 feet above sea level, is located in the south east of the Margalla Hills. The station is ten minutes drive from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, It lies at a distance of seventeen Kilometers, East, of the ancient City of Taxila, the cradle of Ghandahara civilization.

The still retains its old empire facade and although the station dose see some use for smaller and more remote services it also houses a fantastic museum filled with artefacts from the Pre-Partition era including Cutlery, photographs, the uniforms of the Engineer/Driver and Railway guards and other related paraphernalia most amazing is a Captured German Army Mail box gifted to the Eastern Railway Company, the various engines and carriages “decommissioned” and the astounding First Class waiting lounge which still retains a touch of "British ness" about it with a upright piano and mahogany furniture you can almost feel the history behind it all.

Murree (hills and City) is a very popular Hill station and a city of Pakistan in the province of Punjab. It is the largest of the resort towns of the Galyatand adjoining and proposed Thesil Circle Bakote district Abbottabad region and is a tehsil of the Rawalpindi District.Murree also known as the Queen Of The Hills is a minor edition of the many classic hill stations set up by the British in the hills of Hazara and Galyat during the mid of 19th century. This mountainous, and one of the most popular summer resorts in the country, was originally established at 7,000 feet during the British Raj. But today Murree city is currently situated at an altitude of 2300 m (8000 ft) above sea level. Murree is a thriving summer resort for the nearby capital of Pakistan and is just an hours drive from Islamabad. From the center of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi area, Murree is reachable by a well-conditioned main road in about two hours. The scenic journey, with a great view of forest clad mountains and majestic pines on densely wooded hills, is a delight for the visitors. People from all walks of life, mostly families, school children, students, and tourists from hundreds of miles to the south in Lahore, Multan, and Karachi, come to spend the summers, as well as the winter, here. In Murree you can enjoy the snowfall in the winter and rain throughout the year. Murree has a charm of its own only for outsiders but a hell for locals in winter. Once you get into it, you can feel the nature at your doorstep. Glorious sights of the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir can be viewed in the spring and autumn. And dazzling twilight and cloud effects can be seen daily during the July and August rains. Most of the familiar fruits of Britain, including cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, are produced there in season. The local people are very friendly & co-operative. You can see the English lifestyle in this hill station. It is not the syble of local culture or civilization. The Best time to visit is from May to November. Nearest spots to visit are Kashmir & Pindi points. Plenty of Bed and Breakfast's. To walk at Mall road in free time and to visit Kashmir & Pindi points are familiar activities of visitors. At Pindi point you have an option to ride on the chair lift. There is an amazing view down the hills toward Islamabad & Rawalpindi.

Murree also has played host to the first and only Brewery company in Pakistan "Murree-Brewery":To meet the beer requirements of British personnel (mainly army), the Murree Brewery was established in 1860 and incorporated a year later at Ghora Gali "loose translation= Valley of the White Folk", located in the Pir Punjal range of the Western Himalayas at an elevation of 6000' above sea level, near the resort town of Murree. Altough the company had built other brewery's across the country the beautiful gothic structure of "Murree-Brewrery": Gora Gali was a cut above the rest.

The great earthquake in 1935 totally demolished the Quetta brewery as well as substantial part of Quetta town, killing thousands of persons, including a number of our employees. At Ghora Gali (Murree), the scarcity of water became an emerging problem. By the 1920s, brewing was mostly transferred to the Rawalpindi brewery but malting continued at Ghora Gali till 1940, when this property was sold. This historic brewery built in Gothic style architecture was destroyed during the partition riots of 1947/48.

When going to Murree keep a look out on the hills to your right and you will spot the ruins of "Murree Brewery" the building is open to the public so go on and take some pictures, if your not muslim you are entitled to an Alcohol Licence from the government and then you can even try Murree's famous "whiskey".

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The Ruins of Gora-Gali Brewery today.

Abbottabad is a well-organized and a clean city. With its beautiful landscape and peaceful environment, it attracts people from all over Pakistan, mostly due to its educational institutions. The town of Abbottabad is home to a number of schools, colleges and other institutes, including the prestigious Army Burn Hall College established during the British rule. Abbottabad is also known as the “City of Schools”. The schools and colleges of Abbottabad help to promote a high standard of education in the entire region.

For those of you who are more into adventure you may also wish to explore the Northern Area's of Pakistan known for their natural beauty however due to the recent earthquake and serious flooding the journey is difficult and hazardous and should not be attempted independently: various tour operators offer their services however it is better to get a list from the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation: http://www.tourism.gov.pk/

3. Posted by Uganda1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Few facts about Pakistan:

Did you know:

50-MILLION-YEAR-OLD FOSSILS from Punjab, Pakistan, reveal the first known fully terrestrial whales. Ankle bones from wolf-size Pakicetus attocki (left) and fox-size Ichthyolestes pinfoldi (right) indicate that whales evolved from artiodactyls, not mesonychians.

Pakistan is the fifth largest producer and third largest exporter of mango in the world, produces 1,674,000 tons annually and gains 23 million U.S. dollars from the export.#

Pakistan is home to the Second Highest mountain on Earth: Dubbed the "Savage Mountain," K2 in the Himalayas is Earth’s second-highest peak and arguably the hardest climb in the world. With a 8,611-meter (28,250-foot) summit, routes that are steeper and more difficult than those to the top of Everest, and surrounding weather that is significantly colder and less predictable than on Everest, reaching the top of K2 is the equivalent of winning the Olympic gold in mountaineering.

In terms of the number of accidents that happen on the descent, it is the most deadly mountain in the world.

Had the First Female leader of a Muslim country in modern history

Even though we are cricket mad Pakistan's national sport is Hockey

Pakistan hosts one of the most The most exciting polo tournaments in the world, The Shandurs Pass tournament is played on top of Pass, around 3,700 meters above sea level.

4. Posted by tnc123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Here are some tours

Half day Rawalpindi Islamabad:
Visit the Shakarparian view point , Faisal Mosque (2nd largest mosque in the world) , Museum of folk heritage, drive through some of the best buildings of Islamabad and later have a walk in Raja bazaar.

Evening dinner outside :
Can be done either in Islamabad at the folk heritage museum (if there is some activity going on ) or at atypical BBQ restaurant in Rawalpindi.

Full Day Excursion to Murree hills:
Drive to Murree visit the Bazaar there and later drive to Bhurban for a Lunch and short hike in the green hills Late Afternoon return to Islamabad/Rawalpindi.

Full Day Taxila:
Drive to Taxila40 KMs visit the site museum and Sirkap , Julian and Dharma Rajika Stupa later return to Islamabad.

Full Day Rohtas fort & Salt range.
Drive to the Salt range visit the Salt Mosque built entirely of salt in the mines later continue to Rohtas. On arrival transfer to the Horse carriage to go to the fort visit the fort and have a picnic. Afternoon return to Islamabad.

Regards.

Jamal
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