Shakarparian hills are situated
near Zero Point, at a height of 609 meters. Its terraced garden offers
pleasant and sweeping vistas of Margalla and Murree hills, Rawal Lake,
Rawalpindi Islamabad. Snack Bar facilities are available.
This glistening man-made take covers an area of 8.8 sq. km. The terraced
garden and the lake are ideal for picnic, fishing and boating. The highest
point in the garden commands a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and
Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The PTDC Jaltarang restaurant
offers snack bar facilities for visitors.
This low hill over looking Islamabad, known
as Daman-e-Koh, offers panoramic view of Islamabad. Snack bar facilities
are available at PTDC's Daman-e-Koh Restaurant. The place is ideal for
afternoon and evening outing with family and friends.
Murghzar Mini Zoo is located at the foot of Daman-e-Koh view point.
A display corner of Pakistan Museum of Natural History and a Japanese
style children's park have also been established near the Zoo. The Park
is a gift to Pakistani children from the children of Japan.
A Sports Complex comprising
Liaquat Gymnasium for indoor games and Jinnah Stadium for outdoor games,
has been built with the Chinese assistance. It is located on Shahra-e-Kashmir
near Aabpara. Regular national and international sports events are held
in the Complex.
The Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage)
works towards preserving the living folk and traditional culture of Pakistan.
Its Folk Heritage Museum, located near Shakarparian Hills, has a large
display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block
printing, ivory and bone work. Traditional architecture facades exhibiting
such skills as fresco, mirror work, marble inlay, tile mosaic and stucco
tracery are also displayed. Lok Virsa Heritage Reference Library is equipped
with resource data on ethnography, anthropology, folk music, art, history
Islamabad museum presents a long historic sequence
of the land where Pakistan is situated today. Pakistan has been a seat
of the worlds leading civilisations from the time immemorial. There is
plenty of evidence to support this argument now on display in Islamabad
Museum. For example, 20 million years old fossil remains, 2 million years
old man-made stone tools, 7000 years old early human settlements which
lead to the world famous Indus Civilisation, Gandhara Grave Culture and
Gandhara art, early Islamic settlement and Mughal period, their art and
Fatima Jinnah Park
The entire sector of F-9
is being developed as an attractive urban park which will have a profusion
of lakes, rock gardens, aquariums, fountains etc. It has been named after
Miss. Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of Pakistan.
Shah Faisal Mosque
This beautiful mosque was
designed by a renowned Turkish Architect, Vedat Dalokay and named after
tate King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. It is spread over 1,89,705 sq, meters
with 88 meters high minarets and 40 meters high main prayer hall. the
main prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 persons while the covered porticoes
and verandahs can take over 24,000 worshipers. The main courtyard has
space for 40,000 people.
The small pass is located 26 km west of Islamabad on G.T. Road. Margalla
is mentioned by historians and emperors like Alberuni, Ferishta and Jehangir.
Today, it is a pass between the ancient capital of Gandhara, that is,
Taxila, and the modern capital of Pakistan, i.e. Islamabad. There is an
obelisk right on the top of the Pass, built in 1890 in memory of Brig.
Gen. John Nicholson (died on 23 September 1857) of British army, by his
colleagues. A small part of the ancient Shahi (Royal) Road can be seen
just across the pass, left of G.T. Road. This road was first built by
the Persians in 516 BC and later developed by the Afghan King Sher Shah
Suri in 1540s. An inscription on the western side of this stone pavement
shows that it was again repaired in 1672 AD.
Nestling at the base of Murree hills at a distance of 15 km on Islamabad-Murree
road, TDCP Chattar Bagh recreational facility provides a quiet break from
the hustle and bustle of the twin cities. Scenic walks, gently flowing
stream, water fall and the surrounding hillside are a perfect attraction.
The resort has a restaurant, barbecue and two air-conditioned tourist
cottages. The Children's Park and playground are spread over an area of
Rose and Jasmine
This 20,360 sq. meters rose garden is famous
for its roses. It has 250 different varieties of roses as well as a dozen
types of Jasmines. Flower shows are occasionally held here, particularly
during spring. Nearby is the Tourist Camping Site.
About 30 km from Islamabad lies Simli Dam. It can be reached via Lehtrar
road or via Bhara Kahu. It is fed by the melting snow and natural spring
of Murree hills. The water stored in the lake is supplied to Islamabad
for drinking purposes. Angling and boating is also allowed in the lake.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has a Rest House at the Dam which
can be booked through its Head Office in Islamabad.
Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif (Bari
Nurpur Shaha, a village situated at the foot
of Margalla Hills, near Quaid-e-Azam University, is famous for the mirror-studded
shrine of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, popularly known as Bari Imam.
The shrine was originally built on the order of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The death anniversary (Urs) of Bari Imam is observed in the first week
of May beginning Monday through Thursday with lot of festivities representing
the Potohar culture and attracts people from all over the country.
Shrine of Syed Meher Ali Shah
The shrine of Syed Meher Ali Shah of Golra Sharif is located 18 km from
Rawalpindi, in sector E-11 of Islamabad. He was descendant of a Syed family
and had links with Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani of Baghdad. He was born in
1859, preached and spread the message of Islam during the turbulent times
in South Asia, he also wrote beautiful prose and poetry in Persian, Arabic
and Punjabi languages, mostly in praise of God and Muhammad (peace be
upon him). He died on May 11, 1937. His mausoleum was recently reconstructed.
Devotees assemble here on the occasion of annual Urs.
Idara Saqafat-e-Pakistan (Pakistan National Council of the Arts) runs
two art galleries. The National Gallery is located at House # 77, Street
# 48, F-7/4, Islamabad (Tel:...................), where contemporary Pakistani
art is on permanent display beside revolving exhibitions and paintings
available for sale. The other is Children Art Plaza, # 77, School Road,
F-7/4, Islamabad (Tel:....................), where Children's art is on
display and regular art classes are held for children.
Pakistan Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is located opposite the Women's College
on College Road in F-7/2, Commercial Area. The Museum depicts early human
history, geology, and wildlife of Pakistan. the exhibits are particular
interest to students and children.