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Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan located within the federal Islamabad Capital Territory. With a population of 2.01 million, it is the 9th largest city of Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the third largest in Pakistan with a population exceeding four million. The city is the political seat of Pakistan and is administered by the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, supported by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Islamabad is located in the Pothohar Plateau in the northeastern part of the country, between Rawalpindi District and the Margalla Hills National Park to the north. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Margalla Pass acting as the gateway between the two regions.

Islamabad was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. The city’s master-plan, designed by Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, divides the city into eight zones, including administrative, diplomatic enclave, residential areas, educational sectors, industrial sectors, commercial areas, and rural and green areas. The city is known for the presence of several parks and forests, including the Margalla Hills National Park and Shakarparian Park. The city is home to several landmarks, including the Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in South Asia and the fourth largest in the world. Other landmarks include the Pakistan’s National Monument and Democracy Square.

Islamabad is a beta-world city; it is categorised as very high on the Human Development Index, with an HDI of 0.875, the 2nd highest in the country after Lahore. The city has the highest cost of living in Pakistan, and its population is dominated by middle and upper middle class citizens. The city is home to twenty universities, including the Quaid-e-Azam University, PIEAS, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and NUST. The city is one of the safest in Pakistan, and has an expansive surveillance system with 1,900 CCTV cameras.

Best Time to Visit Islamabad

Wintertime from October to February remain the best time to visit Pakistan. The cool breeze and pleasant weather are conducive to outdoor activities including sightseeing. It is a peak season with high tourist influx, expensive airfares of flights and hotel tariffs. Travellers who are planning to book their tickets to Islamabad during this period must plan well in advance. While summer months (especially May, June and July) experience extremely hot weather with temperatures soaring up to 45 C. It is a low-season when good number of airlines and travel agents offer great discounts on flight tickets and accommodations.

Top Attractions in Islamabad

Islamabad is a pleasant capital city of Pakistan where overseas explorers come to take in the peaceful air infusing the scenic landscape of sheer verdancy and unrivalled beauty. There is a fine set of museums, art galleries, mosques, shrines and monuments that preoccupy them day-and-night. Lok Virsa Museum is the most luring one that never fails to sway with enchanting collection of embroidered costumes, jewellery; cultural artefacts, woodwork, metalwork, block printing and much more. Then there are some more fascinating sites like Faisal Masjid, Golra Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum, Daman-e-Koh, National Monument, Imam Bari Shrine and National Monument that justly tickle their fancy.

LOCAL TIME

Wednesday 12:38 PM

CURRENCY

Pakistan Rupees

AVERAGE FLIGHT PRICES

£ 240 to £ 350

LANGUAGE

English, Urdu

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