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If you are living in Pakistan and you have not seen the blooming springs with roadsides lined with breathtaking flowers and with a breeze that refreshes your soul and rejuvenates your spirit, you need to re-organize your schedule once again. This is my friend Islamabad; the city that never disappoints its guests; a perfect host.

There’s a lot more than just springs; take a drive in autumns and you can see the roads adorned with red and brown torn off leaves, the trees in the afternoon mesmerize with their multi-colors and sun setting down in the background brings you the best masterpiece of nature.

Winters are no less surprising, the scent in the atmosphere when it rains the ‘Petrichor’, with vibrant life on roadside motels and upon the Margalla Hills ‘The Monal’ that not just serves superb food but also an aerial view of Islamabad from the top; amazes the viewers. The hot and spicy kebab’s, Chai Wala’s, Desi foods, Tikky (BBQ),  Halwa and Dood jalebi will make you crave for them as never before.

Summers in Islamabad will definitely push you to find a pool and lie down and calm yourself. The scorching heat might make life miserable in other parts of the country but Islamabad covered in trees; hardly will let you witness a week without rainfall. The temperature rises in May/June but thanks to water resorts and popular hill station i.e. Murree you can just pack your bags, throw them on backseats and in few hours you will be finding blankets to cover you from cold. Yes! There are numerous spots around Islamabad that you can visit on a day trip to enjoy the great weather.

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Faisal Mosque

Let’s explore some of the best-rated foods, places to see, shopping malls and recreational spots in Islamabad.

Best Places in Islamabad for Family Outing and Recreation

These Places can be visited with the family and are rated good for get-togethers, excursions, and recreation.

  • F9 Park
  • Rose and Jasmine Garden
  • Saidpur Village
  • Margalla Hill trails
  • Damn e Koh
  • Lake View Park
  • Lok Virsa Heritage Museum
  • Monument
  • Shah Allah Dita Caves
  • Kachnar Park
  • The Monal
  • Pakistan Museum of Natural History
  • Pakistan National Council of the Arts
  • Bird Aviary
  • Simly Dam
  • Golra Sharif Railway Museum
  • Faisal Mosque
  • Islamabad club

Best Places in Islamabad for Biryani lovers

It is always a great struggle to find the best biryani in the town. we have compiled a list of some of the top-rated places for biryani in Islamabad. next time you visit them don’t forget to share you review on this blog.

  • Chacha Jee
  • Mehboob Cuisine & Grill
  • Chaman Biryani
  • KHIVA Restaurant
  • Mirchi 360
  • BBQ Bazaar
  • Khoka Khola
  • 8 Biryanis
  • Karachi Biryani House
  • Sarang Sindhi Cuisine2
  • Biryani Master
  • Tandoori Restaurant
  • Yolo
  • Hot & Chilli Restaurant

Also Read: Lahore Travel Guide

Best Places in Islamabad for Desi and Continental Foods

You will find lots of restaurants and hotels serving a variety of cuisines in Islamabad that includes but not limited to Local Foods, Continental, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Arab, Iranian cuisine, Lebanese cuisines and etc. Some of the places loved by food freaks include;

  • Monal Islamabad
  • Savour Food
  • Des Pardes Restaurant
  • Tuscany Courtyard
  • Asian Wok
  • Roasters Coffee House & Grill
  • Texas steak house
  • Heng Chang
  • Jessie’s
  • Ginyaki
  • Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
  • Yum Chinese & Thai Restaurant
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant
  • Khyber Dodai
  • Chikachino
  • Chelo Kebab from Omer Khayyam
  • Mantus from Mantu Gul Kitchen
  • Porterhouse, Kohsar 
  • Murasaki
  • Meraki
  • Arz Lebanon
  • Habibi
  • Golden Dragon

Best places in Islamabad for Deserts and Confectionaries

Sweet dishes, deserts, confectionaries are the best delights to reward your appetite. Although, you may many places to satisfy your desire for sweet you must try these as well.

  • Tehzeeb Bakers
  • Warehouse
  • Rakaposhi, Pastry & Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Burning Brownie

Also Read: Where To Go For Breakfast In Islamabad (Top Trending Candlelight Blog)

Best Universities in Islamabad

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  • Quaid e Azam University
  • FAST
  • NUST
  • Riphah International
  • Islamic International
  • NUMS

Famous Government Buildings in Islamabad

Islamabad is the Capital of Pakistan and home to major State institutions. You will find many state-owned properties here such as the following;

  • President House
  • Prime Minister House
  • Supreme Court
  • Parliament
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Mega Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers in Islamabad

  • Safa Gold Mall
  • Centaurus
  • Mall of Islamabad
  • Emporium Mall
  • The Olympus Mall
  • Al Jannat Mall
  • Galleria Islamabad
  • Jinnah Super Market
  • Karachi Company
  • Blue Area

Best places for Accommodation in Islamabad

  • Regalia hotel 
  • Royal villa
  • Islamabad hotel 
  • Hotel crown plaza
  • Hill view hotel
  • Marriott hotel
  • Envoy continental hotel
  • Serena hotel
  • Ramada
  • Hotel Faran
  • Shining star hotel
  • Paramid guest house
  • Pak guest house
  • Atlas hotel

Best Places for kids Entertainment in Islamabad

  • MegaZone
  • FunCity Pakistan
  • WePlay Pakistan

Best Places in Islamabad for Couples

  • PETIT BRUGGE
  • RAKAPOSHI
  • LA TERRAZZA
  • HIGHLAND RESORT
  • ATRIO CAFE & GRILL
  • MONAL RESTAURANT

Best Housing Societies

  • Bahria Enclave
  • Gulberg Greens
  • DHA
  • Jinnah Gardens
  • Ghouri Gardens

One Day Trips From Islamabad

Please click here for details on One-day trips from Islamabad. A detailed description of the One Day trips is covered already in the previous blog.

Islamabad to Northern Areas

Please Click Here; for a detailed description of the Northern Area Guide.

Islamabad’s Culture

Islamabad is home to people from all cultural backgrounds. In universities, social gathering and cultural events, you will witness the representation of each culture by their own people.

People from across all provinces come here either for seeking better higher Education, jobs and establishing businesses. Many government employees from different parts of the country reside here and large numbers of bureaucrats associated with the federal government are stationed here. As it is the Capital city of Pakistan, you will find major Government institutes here like, Parliament, Supreme Court, and other state departments.

Due to diversity, Capital has no single culture; its the blend of all and that makes it more tolerant and welcoming to everyone from anywhere in Pakistan. You will find peace and harmony among all the residents. When it comes to festivals and gatherings you will be astonished to see huge cultural diversity and beautiful presentation in the form of foods to clothes to languages and dances (Pashto Attan, Punjabi Bangra, Balochi Chaap, Sindhi Raks, Gilgity dance and etc).

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