Perched on the banks of the Margalla Hills, Pakistan’s modern capital city is often viewed as a single entity with its twin, the much older city of Rawalpindi.
Tour more than four city blocks of galleries and exhibits at the Lok Virsa Museum, and learn about the glory days of the North West Railway at the Goira Pakistan Railways Museum. History abounds in this ancient city: Visit the Faisal Mosque, given to the city of Islamabad by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, or wander the grounds at the 16th-century Rawat Fort. Not far from your accommodations in Islamabad, examine the remains of a Buddhist Stupa in Makiala Village, or take a day trip to nearby Taxila, an ancient Buddhist and Hindu site.
Go hiking at Ayub National Park, paragliding in the Margalla Hills, or golf at the Islamabad Club, less than 3 miles from your hotel in Islamabad. Sample authentic Pakistani fare at Namak Mandi and traditional sweets at Rahat Bakers––be sure to try the beloved local soft drink, Pakola. Search out some regional crafts at the Potohari Art and Craft Village, or browse the open-air bazaars of Rawalpindi, near your Islamabad hotel, for handmade goods.