Basant festival is celebrated in Lahore and rest of Punjab to welcome spring in February. Its main attraction is kite flying. Islamabad is rated as boring city in terms of social activities. With the passage of time scenario is changing rapidly. Now Margalla Festival is arranged every year in March- April to welcome Spring season. Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9 is the venue of this festival in which people of twin cities participate very actively.
Kite flying, concerts, flower exhibitions, darmas, stage shows and lot of other activities are held to celebrate spring. Many multinational and private companies find it an attractive opportunity to promote themself so they put up stalls and offer free kites with promotinal material to guests.Special food stalls and traditional dancing parties are also there and add true colors to celebrations.
You should not miss a chance to watch amazing sunset views while in Islamabad. The ideal locations for that are Peer Sohawa or Rawal lake. Don't forget to take your camera with you to capture those beautiful moments!
Islamabad is well known all over country for its greenery and gardens. Beautiful flowers give lovely look to city in various seasons. In Autumn , there is annual Chrysanthemum exhibition held followed by Spring Flowers Festival in March. Worth mentioning Rose and Jasmine Garden offers many exclusive varieties of roses and other flowers.
"Flowers add true colors in your life. These beautiful flowers would force you to think that how beautiful Mother Nature and its colors are".
Museums in Islamabad are amazing to visit!This is a brilliant tourist attraction. I just loved the LOK VIRSA,which is a natural cultural centre and museum. It's one of the number 1 museums in Islamabad.
I loved it!!! The museum is perched near the shakarparian hills and is on the Islamaad-pindi road. I just loved the many items of arts and crafts in the LOK VIRSA complex houses.
Another beutiful museum in Islamabad is called the Islamabad museum!!!
Shopping is an exciting activity in Islamabad!Islamabad has got well laid out markets. It has loads of amazing bazaars! Some of the bazars in Islamabad that you can tour on your Islamabad tour include Aabpaara bazar,jinnah market and blue area. Blue area has alot of restaurants-its a must.
The jinnah market is an amazing azarthat offers tourist a numer of shopping items to choose from.I brought loads of ooks and clothes. I just couldn't help spending. ut be careful, people will charge you more if they know you are from another destination. It's a wonderful experience to rummage through the shops to find something that suits you or perhaps a souvenir. I brought loads! Shopping is definately a must!!!!!!!! Ashianah shopping centre is great!
Take a trip up to Murree and while you'll most likely freeze if you go in the winter, you'll see a wonderful sight. Snow capped Kashmire and Pindi mountains all around you. The tickets will take you up both the cable cars and ski lifts if you choose, although the best part is on the ski lifts. Feel free to walk/hike around a bit. Look below as well and you'll see houses and children playing outside. Best time to go is around sunset, it's absolutely gorgeous!
Pretty neat place to see around sunset. While you can't go in during the day, you can walk around and enjoy the scenery and environment. You don't have to be muslim to think this is a nice place. There's some pretty cool things in the gift shops as well that I didn't see elsewhere.
The Islamabad Club, on the west side of the rawal lake, has variuos sporting facilities, including an attractive golf course, tennis & squash courts & riding stables. Non-members can hire horses(mostly retired polo ponies) to ride around the lake or into shakarparrian park. The ride around the lake is superb especially in Spring when the wild tulips are out, the fruit trees are on the bloom & the marijuana plants are shoulder high. It takes about two to three hours to ride all the way round, though woods, fields & villages; you can hire a groom from the stables to show you the way. It takes about four hours to walk around the lake...
There are three Christian Churches in Islamabad that have services in English:
Fatima Church (Catholic),
Address: Kaghan Road, Street 55, F-8/4,
Tel: 851535, Has daily services at 6.30 or 7 am, plus Friday at 9 am and Sunday at 6.30 pm.
Protestant International Church
Address: University Road in the Diplomatic Enclave,
Tel: 221571 Has a Friday service at 10 arn.
St Thomas's (Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Lahore)
Address: Hospital Road G-712
Office Tel: 216569, 826770, Residence
Tel: 220198, 215705, Its an ecumenical church on Hospital road and has two morning services in English on Friday at 8 and 9:30 am in Summer, and 9 and 10:30 am in Winter, and a short service on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in Summer and 6.30 pm in Winter.
The Lahore Museum has for long had a permanent collection, the works may be too few to represent Pakistani art properly, and their condition and display poor but it is worth a visit. The spectacular 'Sadequain Ceiling' is only a hall away and must not be missed for its powerful visual impact that gives an insight into the creative genius of the painter.
Basant is a popular festival that is celebrated in February to welcome Spring in Punjab province especially in Pakistan's cultural capital Lahore.
Islamabad is generally rated as dead city in terms of social events and activities. But now with the passage of time , the scenario is changing rapidly. Now Basant Festival is also held in Islamabad every year in start of April to welcome Spring Season.
Fatima Jinnah Park i.e. F-9 Park is the venue of this festival in which people of twin cities participate very actively. Many multinational and private companies find it an attractive opportunity to promote themself so they put up stalls and offer free kites with promotinal material to guests.
Special food stalls and traditional dancing parties are also there and add true colors to celebrations.
Islamabad is well known in Pakistan because of its greenery and beautiful flowers. Many beautiful flowers cover the city in various seasons. In Autumn , there is annual Chrysanthemum exhibition held followed by Spring Flowers Festival in March.
Not to forget Rose and Jasmine Garden which has got many exclusive varieties of these beautiful flowering plants.
Flowers add true colors in your life. These beautiful flowers would force you to think that how beautiful Mother Nature and its colors are!!!
Weather in Islamabad becomes very romantic when it rains. You would simply love rain here no matter whatever season it is. Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi get maximum rainfall in all over Pakistan. So you would get a chance to enjoy rainy season here often, trust me!!!
Watching sun set in Isloo is great experience especially if you are sitting some where at Peer Sohawa or Rawal Dam. And nothing could be better if you have got a camera to capture those beautiful moments!!!
I was very impressed by the lovely gardens around the city. I didn't even visit the recognised established garden such as the 'Rose and Jasmine Garden' across the road from my hotel, but just walking around the city there were lovely parks and gardens.
Particularly nice were the gardens along Constitution Avenue where all the diplomatic missions, the presidency and parliament are located. Considering I was travelling in the middle of Summer and the weather was always dry they were really impressive!
When we went up to the lookout of Daman-e-koh in the hills behind Islamabad the view over the city showed just how green a city it is - I guess because it is a relatively new and planned city there has been provision for gardens, which tend to get overlooked with the ad-hoc development of cities generally!
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