Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. A city laid out in a grid pattern marked by broad avenues, green open spaces, amazing restaurants, splendid museums and a friendly energy. The 20th-century capital has an almost suburban feel, and most visitors find the subdued vibe welcoming and refreshing.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Pakistan then the November to April is also a good time to travel in Pakistan, as long as you go to the right places. Peak trekking season as well, as the area faces little to no snow rainfall at this point.
Top Places to Visit in Islamabad
1. Lok Virsa Museum
A true delight, the museum features over 25 sprawling galleries dedicated to cultural themes like architecture, textiles, music, Sufi shrines and more. The collection features many stunning artifacts, including metalwork’s, ivory and bone works, jewelry, embroidered costumes, woodwork and block prints. The museum’s Heritage Reference Library is also an excellent resource for visitors hoping to gain a better understanding of the country and its culture.
2. National Art Gallery
Another museum well worth visiting. More than 450 art pieces are on display, including sculptures, photography, contemporary paintings and classical textiles. For free admission, visit during the morning. To escape the crowds that take advantage of the free admission, come during the afternoon and pay the small fee. It is worth it to have nearly the whole museum to yourself.
3. Railways Heritage Museum
A lesser-known gem that is still worth a visit is the Golra Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum. Walking through the museum is like going back in time to the North West Railway’s glory days. The nicely renovated station house contains a small museum, and there are many old locomotives to explore.
4. Faisal Masjid
There are many mosques and shrines in the city, and the most recognizable and impressive is the Faisal Masjid. Gifted to the city by Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal, the mosque is open to visitors outside of prayer times. The Sufi Imam Bari Shrine and Golra Sharif Shine are also major tourist draws for their architectural beauty and religious significance.
One of the most lovely open green space, a lookout point that offers great views of the city from the hilltops. The site is surrounded by high-quality restaurants, live music venues, hiking trails, gardens and cafes that add even more to its appeal.
6. The Margalla Hills
The Margalla Hills are easy to reach from Islamabad. The foothills of the Himalayas, the hills are steep and suited for the most adventurous travelers. There are many numbered trails from which to choose, and the most popular offer stunning views of the city and the surrounding areas.