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City Guide: Islamabad
The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, is also the fastest growing metropolitan city of the country. Although Islamabad is a typical capital city with the parliament, government building, ministries, and consulates; it is also a quiet city which preserved its greenery very well. Most of the city's population is made up of people who work at public offices. Its universities, places to visit, and cultural and historical heritage stand out in the country in general. The city was founded on a spot which numerous civilizations ruled. For a long time, it belonged to the Punjab State. The city, which was planned by a company called Doxiadis Associates, is filled with wide streets adorned with trees on all sides.
Tourist AttractionsFaisal Mosque, regarded as an architectural masterpiece, and the Pakistan Monument are at the top of places to see in Islamabad, which has an appearance of a well planned out city. These two structures are located at the heart of the city. Many parks and museums can also be visited here at the center. The mosque which was a gift of the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to the city, is a location where you can snap great shots day and night. We must point out that it is a busy place of worship rather than a touristic location.
Shakarparian is a relaxing area with greenery all around, located on a hill. Pakistan Monument is located here. The monument represents the four provinces and three territories of Pakistan. The monument, which has the appearance of a star from a bird's eye view, is completed with a wall that looks like a crescent, thus presenting the shape of the country's flag.
The financial center of the city is known as the Blue Area. Blue Area is located on Constitution Street. Being the main street of the city, it stretches as far as the government building.
Islamabad Zoo was built right next to the Daman-e-Koh observation point. You can see more than 300 animals together at the zoo. We must point out that 200 of that 300 are of different species of birds. Japanese Park is a playground for kids, located next to the Islamabad Zoo. It is an entertainment spot that is very popular among the kids of the city. It gets quite crowded.
The park area with a view of the lake and nicely designed gardens is a very beautiful picnic area. At its top point, a panoramic view is for you to see. Sailing, water skiing, and diving are done in this region. Islamabad Sports Club is located at the western end of the lake.
Culture & EntertainmentNational Art Gallery is just like a modern art gallery you may come across in a European city. Approximately 450 pieces of art are on display at the gallery. Within the collection, surprisingly, there are numerous pictures and sculptures that can be considered classical as well as those that are contemporary.
Lok Virsa Museum, one of the must-see places to visit, is located in Shakarparian Park. Cultural treasures of not only Pakistan but also Iran, China, and the Middle East are on display at the 25 interconnected large galleries at the museum. There special exhibition areas with themes such as architecture, music, textile, religion/faith, and love.
This great museum also has a reference library. Within the repertoire of this library, there is a wide scoped cultural database preserved in audio and visual forms as well as in books. A store where you can buy books and other printed material, is open within the Lok Virsa Museum.
Quaid-i-Azam University has one of the most beautiful campuses among those of universities in Asia. International Islamic University, Hamdard University, and Preston University are the other higher education institutions in the city.
Food & DrinkDaman-e-Koh is an observation spot on a hill from where you can see the city completely as a whole day or night. Live music accompanies great food at restaurants located here among greenery and flowers. It is used especially as a relaxing place to entertain foreign guests. Pir Sohawa is a dining spot located on Margalla Hills with a unique view of the city.
ShoppingIt is fair to say that the city presents a wide range of shopping opportunities. From bargain priced market places to luxurious stores, there are many options. Islamabad is a city where you can find numerous Western brands. For more authentic and unique items, you can go to the markets and stores located right at the center of the city.
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Pakistan’s Modern Capital
Pakistan’s Modern CapitalWhen it was decided to build another city in place of the capital, Karachi, of Pakistan, which had achieved its independence in 1947, a city strategically more suited for the purpose, the calendar was showing 1958. Today’s Islamabad was built from nothing in a feverish round of activity that started in the 1960’s. Commissioned to world-famous city planners, Islamabad is one of the most unusual cities in the region.
CITY OF UNIVERSITIES
The result of architectural planning, Islamabad stands out for its broad boulevards, green areas and orderly structure. A modern city where you may encounter magnificent public buildings, Islamabad is also one of the places where the heart of the country’s educational life beats because it is home to numerous universities.
KING FAISAL MOSQUE
In Pakistan, be sure to visit King Faisal Mosque, one of the most modern places of worship in the Islamic world. Visiting Pakistan in 1966, the Saudi King Faisal decides to build a modern mosque as a gift to the country. Among 43 projects from 17 countries, that of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay is chosen for the King Faisal Mosque and Complex. The mosque, situated inside a close to 70-acre park, is finished and opens in 1988. Islamabad’s Ataturk Avenue, named simultaneously with Jinnah Avenue in Ankara, is an example of Pakistan’s brotherhood with Turkey. Meanwhile the Turkey-Pakistan Friendship Monument rises in Fatma Jinnah, the city’s largest park. In short, when you go to Islamabad you are going to feel another country’s love for Turkey right down to the marrow of your bones.
HOW TO GO
Turkish Airlines has regular Istanbul-Islamabad-Istanbul flights. The flights are Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 8:10 p.m. from Istanbul, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. from Islamabad. For more information: www.turkishairlines.com
Ticket Sales Offices: Islamabad
|PAKTURK GENERAL SALES AGENCY|
|Address||PAKTURK INTERPISE GSA TURKISH AIRLINES 1-D Unit No 6 Block R F-6/G-6 Jinnah Avenue ISLAMABAD|
|Phone||+92 51 281 00 81|
|Fax||+92 51 281 00 85|
Tuesday : 00:30 – 17:30
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|Population||:||1 330 000|
|Monetary Unit||:||Pakistani Rupee|
|Phone Code||:||92 - 51|
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