This article was written by Ahmad Humayun, who is from Pakistan and knows better than anyone else what makes Islamabad so special.
Islamabad is special thanks to its culture, its diversity, and its people. The capital of Pakistan offers very special scenery for tourists who want to discover a city of peace, eco-friendliness, and traditions.
Islamabad, sitting in the heart of lush green Margalla hills is the central capital of Pakistan. Filled with the ultimate divine presence of nature, many things make the place stand out. Although perfectly well-developed, it oozes a sense of peace and harmony. The peace reigning in Islamabad prevails not just in the natural settings but all corners. This makes it your dream urban center.
The special blend of traditional and modern ways of life in Islamabad
Islamabad offers a fine number of advanced luxuries gracefully intertwined with the eye-catching innate and pure charms of the city. Peaceful, and utterly soothing, this land stretching up to 906 square km is a field of natural planes and meadows highlighting a blend between traditional and modern values of life. Places like Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, Pakistan Monument, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Museum of Natural History, Faisal Masjid, and Rawat Fort are a reflective gateway to the history, art, tradition, and literature of the country.
Similarly, properly constructed roads, underpasses, overpasses, and skyscrapers signify the developed and modern infrastructure of the city. Large malls like Centaurus Mall and Giga Mall, along with the advanced cinemas also explore the modernism that dominates the land. Hence, an elegant and dignified equilibrium exists in the city itself. In the following video, you can even see what to expect when it comes to malls when visiting or living in Islamabad. This traveler visits Giga Mall and wants to know how modern it is.
Natural musings and reflections of the Divine
The morning breeze enriched with the scent of trees and the newly born sun gently falling on one of the rose petals seizes your mind and soul guiding them to the true realities of this world. This journey that you take to the inner depths of the universe can take place in the arms of Islamabad in a beautiful and cozy way. There’s a solitude that runs through the air of Islamabad touching the fingertips of the unseen which presents a broad room for physical and spiritual growth.
The special restaurants and cafes in Islamabad of a unique quality
Apart from the natural environment, there is a vast number of neatly and skillfully constructed restaurants and cafes that the city has to offer. The quality of food ranges from traditional or desi to completely western giving an in-depth understanding of the diverse culture of the land. As solitude is a significant feature of the capital, cafes play an essential role in promoting that alleviating calmness with a hint of flavors.
Additionally, exquisite ice-cream parlors and small sitting areas with a welcoming environment are a cherry on top of all the beauties this place has to offer. These comforting venues denote the gradual progress in all areas of an Islamabadian’s life.
Special cultural, ethnic, religious, and social diversity of Islamabad
The warm and homely city of Islamabad is a densely packed society of many cultures, ethnicities, religions, and social classes. In a very small and confined vicinity, people from all over Pakistan gather together to make their lives better. Sindhis, Balochis, Pathans, Punjabis, Kashmiris, and so on.
Islamabad is a man-made city where the elements are designed to give an extended number of opportunities to its citizens. This availability of commodities leads to the mass migration of people from various areas of Pakistan to this heavenly place. Thus, many companies have their headquarters in Islamabad providing a great number of job opportunities. Also, those jobs are mainly for youth striving to settle and earn money. To show you the kind of efforts made by the government, you can simply visit the National Jobs Portal website by clicking this link. On this website, you will be able to find lots of jobs in Islamabad and in Pakistan in general.
Moreover, hospitals, universities, schools, and developed housing schemes make life in Islamabad easier than elsewhere. Being a land that is constantly expanding results in a rapid increase in good circumstances for the people living there.
Since it is the capital city, the main focus of the governing parties has always been to develop the city. The government also focuses on providing a secure life to form a good impression on the international forums. This political agenda proves to be a blessing in disguise for the citizens of the city.
Ecofriendly setting offering a special space for growth
The land is best known for its scenic beauty and the presence of beautifully cultivated parks and forests. As the second most beautiful capital in the world, there are lots of green spaces. For example, the green parks, and meadows are an opening to a rather more artistic era. The alluring natural fields, like the very famous Lake View Park, Kachnar Park, Fatima Jinnah Park, Rose and Jasmine Garden, Ayub National Park, Daman-e-Koh, and Shakarparian National Park are great tourist attractions.
One of the best ways to see how green the city looks is by watching the drone shots in the following video.
Furthermore, the weather is also a mirror to the symphonic balance that wraps this land. One of the major reasons for this eco-friendly environment is the behavior of its people towards nature. Each day, new organizations are being built to keep the land clean and healthy promising a fresh surrounding. This is a little bit like what you can expect in cities like Singapore for example, where everything is cleaned very often.
The cool morning breeze, the illuminating sun and its effects on the residents at midday, and the peace of night under the spell of stars make life in Islamabad a lot more beautiful. Grab a bottle of water, maybe some homemade sandwiches, and the hand of a friend, and explore this beautiful city. You might end up exploring yourself too.
What to Visit in Islamabad?
There are 5 places tourists must see when visiting Islamabad:
The Heritage Museum
What to visit outside of Islamabad?
30 KM northeast of central Islamabad lies the heavenly hill station of Murree. Sitting at 7500 ft of altitude, the place is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. Cool temperatures in extreme summers and snowcapped mountain peaks in winters make the place a must-visit. Besides the scenic beauty of the hill station, it offers a rich wildlife experience. You may pass by some friendly monkeys as you drive through the beautiful Murree expressway.
If you are fond of peaceful places with advanced life commodities, the Pakistani capital is the end of your search. The serene evening drives through dense forests of the city, noisy supermarkets, and a diverse community to thrive in all give Islamabad a special place on your “to visit” lists.