Pakistan is a country that loves to celebrate, be it an occasion, a festival, national holidays or simply a long weekend. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to get a long weekend with either one or two days holiday prior or after the weekend. There are several ways to utilize the long weekend and the best option is to “travel”. You must be thinking about how one can travel to another place within 2-3 days. Well, it is very much possible.
Islamabad, not only the capital of Pakistan but the second most beautiful capital city in the world, is the best option for a peaceful yet energizing weekend getaway. Islamabad is a perfect spot for the locals who live in the nearby cities or towns. You can easily plan a short trip when such holidays pop up and travel to Islamabad. A strong reason to love Islamabad includes its peaceful environment surrounded by immense greenery, along with several attractions for tourists.
ISLAMABAD TRAVEL GUIDE
Once you have a timeline, the next thing to decide is about the mode of transport. Since it’s a local trip, you can choose one of the many available transport options. You may fly to the city, take a train ride or simply drive yourself all the way to Islamabad. Weekend trips are usually done by car, after all road trips are always fun. Worried about accommodation? Don’t be. There are plenty of cheap and cozy options available for lodging, ranging from top 5 star hotels to inexpensive guest houses.
Islamabad is the best epitome of beauty and the other characteristic that makes it superior is that it connects several cities and towns, up to the north. So, if you are really adventurous and enjoy driving up towards northern areas, there is good news for you. The several destinations that Islamabad is connected to are Murree, Bhurbhan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Lahore, Naran and Muzaffarabad.
TOP ATTRACTIONS IN ISLAMABAD
As Islamabad is famous for its tranquility, it is equally renowned for the places to visit that make Islamabad what it is. Mosques, monuments, parks, museums, art galleries, hills and legendary restaurants with mouthwatering food are the specialties of the city.
Mosques and monuments: Shah Faisal Mosque is the biggest mosque in the country and the most beautiful present to Pakistan from the Saudi King Faisal. Karachi is home to Pakistan’s founder M.A Jinnah’s tomb, Lahore has ‘Minar-e-Pakistan’ and Islamabad has the national monument.The Golra Sharif is another prominent shrine.
Museums and art galleries: LokVirsa museum, the National art gallery and Rohtas gallery are a must for heritage fans.
Hills and parks: Margalla Hills, Rawal Lake, Daman-e-Koh, ChattarBagh are few of the many stunning locations to enjoy the weather and scenery.
Restaurants: Monal restaurant, Kabul restaurant, Papa Sallis, Des Pardes and the list goes on. These are some of the most famous eateries with delectable offerings that are not easy to miss.