Places to visit in twin cities of Pakistan, Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Posted on Oct 27 2013 - 1:34pm by visitpak

1. Faisal Mosque (فیصل مسجد):

The true symbol of Muslim’s dignity and one of the most unique building designs and architectural techniques of today’s world. Faisal Mosque Islamabad, being the centre of the city, can be viewed from any side of the city.

2. Daman-e-Koh (دامن کوہ):

This spot lies right in the lap of nature. Daman-e-Koh is the Best Place for viewing the whole city of Islamabad. Good hiking and horse-riding facilities can be enjoyed here.

3. Margalla Hills (مارگلہ ہلز):

These beautiful hills are perfect for spending a cool summer and having a relaxing time with your friends and family. It is an ideal site for picnic, hiking, camping, driving, cycling, and other travel adventures.

4. Shakar Parian (شکر پڑیاں):

Shakar Parian Hills are situated near Zero Point and is among the oldest tourist attractions of Islamabad. The place provides a clear and scenic view of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

5. Simly Dam (سملی ڈیم):

Simly Dam, besides being a major water source for residents of Islamabad, it also serves as a well-liked picnic spot for families. It’s about 30 km away from Islamabad near Bhara Kahu (بھارہ کہو) town.

6. Rawal Lake (راول لیک):

Rawal Lake (راول لیک) is a wonderful place to experience the divine sight of sunset while standing by the shore. It has a beautiful and well-maintained park named “Lake View Park”, which is not only perfect for a family picnic but also filled with fun activities like games, motion rides, fun fairs, etc.

7. Lotus Lake:

This small lake is among the most serene parts of the city. Its wonderful fauna and flora give a pleasant feel to the visitors but the place turns quite hot in the months of June and July.

8. Lok Virsa Museum and Heritage Library:

The Lok Virsa (لوک ورثہ) (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) gives a closer look at the living folk and traditional culture of Pakistan. It has a Folk Heritage Museum, located near Shakar Parian (شکر پڑیاں) Hills which presents a large display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work from the olden times. Numerous traditional architecture facades have also been exhibited presenting skills such as fresco, mirror work, marble inlay, tile mosaic and stucco tracery, etc. Lok Virsa Heritage Reference Library is currently serving well in providing data on ethnography, anthropology, folk music, art, history and crafts.

9. Rose & Jasmine Garden:

This garden has 250 different varieties of roses as well as a dozen types of Jasmines. It is a relaxing place and has a very pleasant ambience. Spring and autumn flowers shows are regularly arranged here that attract people from all around the world.

10. Pir Sohawa and Monal:

Pir Sohawa (پیر سوھاوا) is a popular destination among the residents of Islamabad, as well as the foreign tourists. It has a 3000 plus ft elevation and located in Monal village (منال گاؤں) which is geographically part of Haripur District (ضلع ہری پور).