Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan is home to a number of federal government offices, parliament house, the presidency and prime minister house along with a diplomatic enclave located next to it. Islamabad is visited by locals from all over the country to enjoy it’s peaceful and noise-free atmosphere with the beautiful Margalla hills located in the background. The city also serves as a base camp for people looking to tour Swat, Kaghan and the other northern areas located in the Himalayas mountains. Some of the unique but historic sights that you can visit during your tour to Islamabad are shared below:
Pakistan Museum of Natural History
Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Islamabad was built in 1976 under the sponsorship of Pakistan Science Foundation, Ministry of Science & Technology. The museum is divided into four divisions such as Botanical Sciences Division, Zoological Sciences Division, Earth Sciences Division and Public Services Division. The botanical, zoological and earth science divisions are responsible for the collection, preservation, research and identification of activities related to plants, fossils, animals and mineral resources of Pakistan. The public division is responsible for the mass education and popularization of natural history through the different exhibits, dioramas, and displays.
Golra Sharif Railway Museum
Golra Sharif Railway Museum, known as the Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum is located near E-11 Islamabad. It is a junction station in the Rawalpindi division of Pakistan Railways. The station is located at 1,994 feet above sea level, in the southeast of Margalla Hills and east of the ancient city of Taxila.
The railway station is house to memorabilia and relics linked with railways dating back to the British Raj days. The railway station with a museum is a popular tourist attraction for tourists and locals alike interested in knowing about the country’s history.
Daman-e-Koh & Pir Sohawa
Daman-e-Koh located at the hilltop garden north of Islamabad is located in the middle of Margalla Hills. The name derives from two Persian words which combined means foothills. The site lies 2400 ft above sea level and almost 500 ft from Islamabad.
Pir Sohawa is located at the top of Margalla Hills at an elevation of 3600 ft. The city government is planning to construct a chairlift from Daman-e-Koh to Pir Sohawa. A lot of restaurants have opened up at Daman-e-Koh and Pir Sohawa to offer mouth-watering food to the visitors.
Islamabad Zoo, also known as Marghazar Zoo stretches to the 82-acre zoo in the Islamabad Capital Territory. Started in 1978, Zoo was started as a refuge for spotted deers, Indian gazelle, and leopards found in the region. It gained popularity and became part of Japanese garden afterward. An aviary was also constructed later on. The plan to extend the Zoo as a recreational and wildlife sanctuary was finalized in August 2008 by CDA.
Lake View Park also called Rawal Lake or Rawal Lake Promenade is a wildlife park situated near Village Malpur Rawal Lake on Murree Road in Islamabad. The park runs under the administration of CDA. some of the facilities you can enjoy during your visit to the park include:
- Sitting Pagoda
- Picnic Point
- Rock Climbing Gym
- Passenger Road Train
- Fancy Aviary
- Motor Sports Ranch
- Boating Area
- Fishing Area
- Swimming Pool
- Paintball Battlefield
Apart from the above-mentioned sights, many new restaurants, and international fast food chains have also opened up in the city. The nightlife has improved with the opening of shopping malls and centers. The city no longer deserves the title of a ‘ghostly city.’ plan your tour to Islamabad and make sure to visit all these locations for a fun-filled holiday.
Javed is a travel blogger. He likes to travel and explore the historic and recreational sights of Pakistan. Due to the subpar public transportation system, he recommends hiring a rent a car in Islamabad agency for an easy commutation around the capital.