1. Make a visit to Pakistan Monument

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Nestled on the western part of Shakarparian Hills, Pakistan Monument is one of the most popular landmarks in Islamabad. It features a unique architecture that will catch your eyes immediately upon arrival. The structure, which resembles petals, showcases traditional Mughal architecture. The national monument has historical significance as it symbolizes the unity of the Pakistani people. Many brave men and women sacrificed their lives for peace and unity in the country. Once you are done admiring the monument, you can also drop by the nearby Pakistan Monument Museum, where you can gain insights into what happened during the Pakistan Movement through a collection of waxes.

Pakistan Monument

Address: Shakarparian Hills, Islamabad

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 10am – 8pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 20 PKR (0.13 USD)

 

2. Meet with friendly animals at Islamabad Zoo

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Seeing animals is always entertaining. If you want to meet friendly animals and observe their natural behavior, Islamabad Zoo is the place to be. Here, you can see a large variety of animals such as zebra, giraffe, and wolf. Kids are going to love the animals, and you will have fun observing them too.

Islamabad Zoo

Address: Pir Sohawa Rd, Saidpur, Islamabad

Opening hours: 9am – 7pm (daily)

Price: 30 PKR (0.20 USD)

 

3. Enjoy the hilltop garden and viewpoint of Daman-e-Koh Park

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Another place of interest that you must not skip is Daman-e-Koh Park, which boasts an idyllic garden sitting on a hilltop—where you can indulge in a relaxed stroll. At this park, you can also reach a viewing point to admire the magnificent sceneries of Islamabad from high above. If you come during winter, you may be able to spot monkeys. Sometimes cheetahs also like to make an appearance as they are going down from the higher hills.

Daman-e-Koh Park

Address: e Daman-e-Koh Rd, E-7, Islamabad

Opening hours: 7am – 10pm (daily)

4. Have a pleasant stroll at Fatima Jinnah Park

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Find your way to Fatima Jinnah Park if you are looking for a spot that allows you to take in beautiful views—along with a tranquil atmosphere that will calm your soul and mind. The public park was named after Fatima Jinnah, a sister of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Inside the park, there are a lot of activities that you can do—from simply taking a walk and enjoying the fresh air to flying a kite and playing tennis.

Fatima Jinnah Park

Address: F-9, Islamabad

Opening hours: 5am – 10pm (daily)

Price: Free

 

5. Indulge in delicious dishes at The Monal

 

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What if you are in the middle of your exciting adventure and hunger kicks in out of nowhere? Fret not because Islamabad has the right place to satisfy your appetite. Make your way to The Monal and indulge in delicious dishes to make your stomach stop complaining. For starters, you can enjoy a cheese naan or a Lahori special chicken naan. Then you can choose from a variety of rice dishes such as chicken dum biryani and mutton dum biryani. Other specialties served here include chicken karahi, beef seekh kebab masala, and chicken makhani. If you prefer fast food, you can try the beef steak burger or the chicken tikka burger.

The Monal

Address: 9KM Pir Sohawa Rd, Islamabad

Website: The Monal

Opening hours: 9am – 12:30am (daily)

 

6. Understand the history and culture of Islamabad at Lok Virsa Museum

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When visiting a new destination, it is recommended that you learn a little bit about the place’s culture and history. Visit Lok Virsa Museum to learn more about Islamabad’s roots. The museum features an extensive collection of artifacts that showcase the tradition, culture, history, and the way the Pakistani live their lives.

Lok Virsa Museum

Address: Garden Ave & Shakarparian Rd, Islamabad

Website: Lok Virsa Museum

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 10am – 8pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 250 PKR (2 USD)

 

7. Admire the beauty of Faisal Mosque

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As soon as you set foot at Faisal Mosque, its stunning architecture is going to leave you awestruck right away. Set on the foothills of Margalla Hills, the mosque displays contemporary design. The most prominent feature is perhaps the eight shells that resemble a Bedouin tent. After admiring the architecture, you are welcome to step inside the praying area to say your supplications if you are a Muslim.

Faisal Mosque

Address: Shah Faisal Ave, E-8, Islamabad

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

 

8. Have a fun time at Pakistan Museum of Natural History

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Are you fond of sciences and natural history? You need to stop by Pakistan Museum of Natural History for a fun time exploring everything related to earth sciences, zoology, and botany. Expect to see skulls and replicas, among others. The museum will also help you understand more about the ecology and paleontology of Pakistan. Bring the kids along for an afternoon that is both exciting and educational.

Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Address: Shakarparian National Park, Garden Ave, Islamabad

Website: Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm (daily)

Price: 30 PKR (0.20 USD)

 

9. Reconnect with nature at Shah Allah Ditta Caves

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You may want to forget about museums for a little while and spend time outdoors instead. If you wish to reconnect with nature in Islamabad, the place that you need to visit is Shah Allah Ditta Caves—which has existed for centuries. Shah Allah Ditta is actually an ancient village with numerous caves that are believed to be used by Buddhist monks for meditation. You can also find relics from the Buddhist period here. In addition to the caves, you can marvel at the view of the surrounding hills.

Shah Allah Ditta Caves

Address: Shah Allah Dita, Islamabad

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

 

10. Marvel at the lush landscape of Margalla Hills National Park

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Welcome to Margalla Hills National Park and enjoy the best of nature. Take in the magnificent views and admire the diverse flora and fauna as you are following the path. Some Indian leopard, wild boar, and red fox may be spotted around the area. For outdoor activities, there are several options available such as rock climbing and hiking.

Margalla Hills National Park

Address: Islamabad

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

 

11. Enjoy the clear and fresh water of Bruti

 

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A piece of paradise can be tasted at Bruti, a place that is endowed with lush greenery and clear blue water. You may feel a bit fatigued from your adventure, and there is no better place than Bruti to wash the tiredness away. Feel free to just soak your feet to feel instantly refreshed. You are welcome to indulge in a full bath here as well.

Bruti

Address: Islamabad

Opening hours: Fri – Wed: 6am – 6pm; Thu: 5am – 6pm

Price: Free

 

12. See diverse species of birds at Rawal Lake Bird Aviary

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Bird lovers should definitely spend some time at Rawal Lake Bird Aviary that is situated inside Lake View Park. The bird aviary features a huge variety of birds that it has become the third-largest aviary across the globe. Pelicans, parrots, you name it—you will find your favorite bird here.

Rawal Lake Bird Aviary

Address: Lake View Park, Islamabad

Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (daily)

Price: 120 PKR (0.80 USD)

 

13. Spend some artsy time at Pakistan National Council of Arts

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The first reason to visit Pakistan National Council of Arts is that it is the first national art gallery in Pakistan. So it is a rather special venue. Having been opened to the public in 2007, the art institution features a total of 14 galleries that showcase art pieces produced by the local artists. In addition to art exhibitions, the place also regularly hosts events that include musical performances and dances.

Pakistan National Council of Arts

Address: F-5/1 F-5, Islamabad

Website: Pakistan National Council of Arts

Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 9am – 5pm (closed on Fri – Sat)

Price: 1,000 PKR (7 USD)

 

14. Go on a shopping spree at The Centaurus

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A vacation will not be 100% complete without visiting a mall that allows you to indulge in a little shopping spree. Visit The Centaurus, one of the best malls for sightseeing and shopping in Islamabad. Top restaurants such as Manolo Gelato and Johnny Rockets can be seen here. For shopping options, home furnishing, fashion items, electronics, jewelry, and watches are all available.

The Centaurus

Address: F8، 4 Jinnah Avenue, F 8/4 F-8, Islamabad

Website: The Centaurus

Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

Price: Free

 

15. Participate in an event at Pak China Friendship Center

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Pak China Friendship Center is a highly popular place to organize events—such as conferences, concerts, seminars, and workshops. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, you can stop by and see what activities are happening inside, and if there is something that appeals to you, feel free to participate.

Pak China Friendship Center

Address: Garden Ave & Shakarparian Rd, Islamabad

Opening hours: Varies

Price: Varies

 

16. Please your eyes with colorful flowers at Rose and Jasmine Garden

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Flowers are created to add color to life, and among the most beautiful ones are roses and jasmines. Get away from the other landmarks and please your eyes with the vibrant blooms at Rose and Jasmine Garden. This place is incredibly massive, and it boasts hundreds of different kinds of roses. As for jasmines, you can also enjoy some varieties, but they are not as many as the roses. If you visit during the summer months, you might be able to watch a flower show.

Rose and Jasmine Garden

Address: Kashmir Hwy, Islamabad

Opening hours: 8am – 9pm (daily)

 

17. Observe a collection of trains at Golra Sharif Railway Museum

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Set inside Golra Railway Station that was built back in 1882 by the British, Golra Sharif Railway Museum is certainly the place for train lovers. However, even if you are not a hardcore train aficionado and are only curious about the history of railways in Pakistan, you should still check out the museum. Inside you can find a lot of relics and memorabilia telling the story of how this mode of transportation came to the country, with great emphasis on the era of the British Raj.

Golra Sharif Railway Museum

Address: Golra Railway Station, Golra Rd, Islamabad

Price: 10 PKR (0.1 USD)

 

18. Go hiking by following Hiking Track 5

 

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For outdoor enthusiasts who would like to indulge in nature activities even during a vacation, you can enjoy hiking at one of the most popular trails in Islamabad—Hiking Track 5, also called Dara Janglan. This hiking track is more popular compared to the others because it is easier and thus suitable for hikers of all ages. You will begin your hiking journey from Margalla Road, and to finish the whole track, it will take approximately two to three hours, depending on your hiking speed. However, it is recommended that you take a pause every now and then to wonder at the surrounding views.

Hiking Track 5 Dara Janglan

Address: Trail 5, Islamabad

Opening hours: 5am – 7pm (daily)

Price: Free

 

19. Visit Bahria Enclave Zoo

 

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If you feel that Islamabad Zoo is not enough and you are interested in exploring another, then Bahria Enclave Zoo is what you need. The facilities of the zoo are of excellent quality, and you can see how much the animals are enjoying their lazy and relaxed lives. If you are a fan of cats, this place is perfect because it houses cats of different sizes. The white lion is a special attraction, particularly because it is a rare species. You can also meet with deer, elephants, and more.

Bahria Enclave Zoo

Address: Bahria Enclave, Islamabad

Opening hours: 8am – 7pm (daily)

Price: 100 PKR (0.70 USD)

 

20. Dedicate prayers at Lal Masjid

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Since the majority of the people in Pakistan are Muslims, you will see a lot of mosques across the city. Another mosque that is worth admiring is Lal Masjid. It literally translates to “red mosque” in English. You will see how beautiful the mosque is, covered with red bricks throughout, which makes it stand out among the rest. Get inside to dedicate your prayers, and once done, do not hurry to leave. Instead, take a walk around the area and take pleasure in seeing the lush green environment.

Lal Masjid

Address: Masjid Rd, G-6/4 G 6/4 G-6, Islamabad

Opening hours:24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

 

21. Take your children to Japanese Children Park

 

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If your little tykes are traveling along with you to Islamabad, then you should take them to Japanese Children Park. As the name suggests, this park was built with the purpose to entertain children. Your kids can have fun playing in the playgrounds with the other children. There are also picnic spots and recreational areas throughout, where you can relax or have some snacks while watching the young ones run around.

Japanese Children Park

Address: Saidpur, Islamabad

Opening hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)

Price: Free

 

22. Stop by Sir Syed Memorial Museum

 

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Last but not least, make sure to stop by Sir Syed Memorial Museum before leaving Islamabad. Take a slow walk to observe the murals and painted canvases that tell the stories of the Pakistan Movement. The memorial museum also features a large hall that hosts a number of performances and events—from academia to religious, from music to art.

Sir Syed Memorial Museum

Address: 19 Ataturk Ave, G-5/1 G-5, Islamabad

Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm (closed on Sat – Sun)

Price: Free

 

Have a fantastic vacation filled with beautiful memories in Islamabad

Now that you have reached the end of the article, you can see how Islamabad is a tourist-friendly place that offers tons of attractions all worth visiting. It might even be difficult for you to choose which ones to see first. Our recommendation is that you check out as many as you can—if not all—because that is how beautiful memories are made. Have a fantastic vacation!