Shopping in Islamabad
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!Related to:
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Spring in Isloo...
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!!!
Basant in Isloo
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.
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!!!Related to:
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Rainy Season in Isloo
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!!!
National Monument Islamabad
Visit to this place is refreshing since this is the highest point in the general area Shaker Purian. In addition to having a view of Islamabad the beautiful national monument attracts the hearts of visitors. The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the country and also depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement, dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations. The leaves represent the four provinces of Pakistan. The view of the monument is most beautiful at night and sunset.Related to:
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Islamabad Gardens and Landscaping
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!
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.Related to:
- Family Travel
National Heritage Museum
National Heritage Museum was inaugurated on 14th August 2004. This is the first state museum in the country displaying and portraying the living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people not only from the mainstream but also from the remotest regions. The museum has 25 galleries and four blocks with a covered area of 60,000 sq ft. featuring exhibit halls, making it the largest museum of the country.
The museum displays handicrafts, metal work, jewelry, traditional embroidered costumes, woodwork, block printing, mirror work, marble items, mosaic tiles and a lot more. Heritage Library, which is an integral part of the museum, has great collection of books and data on architecture, history, heritage, music, crafts, culture and arts of Pakistan. Audio and videocassettes of folk, classical and instrumental music are also sold at Lok Virsa's Sales Center.
This museum gives a good understanding of Pakistan and life of her people. Museum timings are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily except Friday. I would strongly recommend you go there and get an understanding of life and culture of Pakistan.Related to:
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Spring in Isloo...
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".
Isloo's sun set
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!Related to:
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Churches in Islamabad...
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.Related to:
Isloo's sun set
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!!!
CHITRAL VALLEY : Very high...
CHITRAL VALLEY : Very high elevation from the sea level. Border with Afghanistan on it's North, a narrow strip of Afghan territory separates it from Russia.. This place popular amongst Mountaineers, Anglers, Hunters, Hikers and Anthropologist.
KAFIR KALASH TRIBE ( in the photo ) : One of major attractions of Chitral Valle Kalash Valley. This is the home for the tribe known Kafir Kalash, they primitive Pagan tribe. The Kalash women wear black gowns of coarse cloth in summer AND hand spun wool dyed in black in winter. They love music and dancing.Related to:
Supreme Court of Pakistan
The Supreme Court of Pakistan is the highest court in the land. Like the US Supreme Court, the Pakistani version is independent and separate from the other branches of the federal government. Its role is to defend the Constitution of 1973.
The court consists of 19 justices who serve until the age of 65. Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has served since 2005, and he is well known for his epic battles with former President Musharraf. He was removed from power by the president, then reinstated by the Supreme Court a few months later. Then in November the Supreme Court was dissolved when Musharraf declared martial law.
The Pakistan Supreme Court traces its history back to the 1935 the Government of India Act, when it was established as the Federal Court of India. After partition it became the Federal Court of Pakistan, and its name was changed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1956.
The Supreme Court building in Islamabad was constructed from 1990 to 1993. Prior to moving to this permanent home, the court temporarily resided in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalindi, and even Dacca Bangladesh (when it was still part of Pakistan).
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