Islamabad has the natural beauty and good atmosphere for both the seasons and it is a good place for the foreign and local tourists.. Islamabad being the worth seeing city hold numerous places to visit.
The Faisal Mosque is the 2nd largest mosque in Pakistan, located in Islamabad. It is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue, putting it at the northernmost end of the city. This location represents the mosque’s great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night.It is largest in South Asia and one of the largest in the world.
It was completed in 1986 and designed by a Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay who won the Agha Khan Architectural Award with this assignment. . The mosque’s architecture is modern and unique, lacking both the traditional domes and arches of most other mosques around the world. The Faisal Mosque was conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan. It is named after the late King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project.
The Pakistan Monument is located at the west viewpoint of the Shakarparian Hills. Its a national monument representing the nation’s four provinces and three territories.
After a competition among many renowned architects, Arif Masood’s plan was selected for the final design of it. The structure comprises four blossoming flower petals, built of granite, representing the unity of Pakistanis. The inner walls of the petals are decorated with murals. The central platform is made in the shape of a five-pointed star which is surrounded by a water body. A metallic crescent surrounding the star is inscribed with sayings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and poetry of Allama Iqbal.
The blooming flower shape of the monument represents Pakistan’s progress as a rapidly developing country. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces (Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh), while the three smaller petals represent the three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas(FATA)).
The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the country and depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement, dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations.
Folk Heritage Museum
Heritage Museum is located near Shakarparian Hills, Islamabad. It displays the cultural heritage of Pakistani people. The living style of the different areas of Pakistan is exhibited here in statues, pictures, pottery, music and textile work. Filk Heritage is the finest cultural museum.
The Folk Heritage Museum also known as the Lok Virsa Museum run by the National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage represents art works towards preserving the living folk and traditional culture and crafts of Pakistan. It has a large display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, blockprinting, ivory and bone work.Traditional architecture facades exhibiting such skills as fresco, mirror work and marble inlay; tile, mosaic and stucco tracery are also displayed.
Adjacent to the Lok Virsa Museum, the Lok Virsa Heritage Reference Library is well equipped with resource data on ethnography, anthropology, folk music, art, history and crafts.
The largest herbarium in Pakistan, it was established in 1975 with Dr. Ralph Randles Stewart’s collection as its initial beginning. It has a collection of over 100,000 plants. The plants in the herbarium are divided into magnoliophytes(dicotyledons and monocotyledons), gymnosperms and pteridophytes (or ferns) and they are placed according to families, genera; and species arranged in alphabetical order.
Pir Sohawa is a rapidly developing tourist resort located on top of Margalla Hills. It has a 3000 plus ft elevation and located in Monal village which is geographically part of Haripur District.
After almost six years, on 6 January 2012, Pir Sohawa, the city’s highest tourist spot, received few inches of snowfall.
The place is linked to Islamabad by a road on which Daman-e-Koh (a viewing point and hill top garden) is located and it takes 35 minutes drive to reach it from the city. It is about 13 kilometers from Marghzar. The sight presents a fantastic and picturesque view of Islamabad city during day and night.
The sight is an ideal place for enjoying picnics in forest while listening to singing birds and watching wildlife. After rains of monsoon forest in the hills of Pir Sohawa turns green.
A restaurant called “Monal Resturant” is located at Pir Sohawa. Completed in 2006, the restaurant presents a breathtaking view of the city of Islamabad in day and amazingly beautiful show of the city lights during night.
Lake View Park
Lake View Park (also known as Rawal Lake View Point or Rawal Lake Promenade) is a recreational area and wildlife park located near Rawal Lake, on Murree Road in Islamabad.
Rawal Lake is an artificial lake that fulfills the water needs for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Korang River along with some other minute streams approaching from Margalla Hills have been set to form this artificial lake which covers an area of 8.8 sq km. Korang River is the outlet stream of Rawal Dam. Rawal Lake is positioned within an remote part of the Margalla Hills National Park. The area around the Rawal Lake has been planted with flowering plants and laid out with gardens, picnic spots, and secluded paths. The lake and the terraced garden are used for outing, boating and fishing. The uppermost point in the garden offers a panoramic sight of the Lake, Margalla, Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Sailing, boating, diving and water skating services are organized by private clubs.