In view of the Islamic ideology
of the country the Federal Capital had be located closer
to the Muslim areas of Central Asia and in close proximity
of the fraternal people of Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
new Capital City was built to reflect the cultures,
traditions, hopes, aspirations and dreams of all
diverse ethics, linguistic and regional groups
that constituted the Pakistani nation. It was
considered prudent and in the national interest
to locate the Federal Capital where it could be
isolated from the onslaught of business and commercial
interests and yet be easily accessible from even
the remotest corner of the country.
Islamabad is a well planned
modern city with large public buildings, attractive
parks wide boulevards, newly built beautiful Shah Faisal
Mosque and well laid out shopping centers. The Rawal
Dam is a popular picnic spot. There are top and medium
class hotels and motels as well as a camping site.
Islamabad is 518 meters
above sea level. It is best from October to March, when
the days are crisp and cool, and the nights are cold.
Spring is short, but the flowers in March are a riot
of color. The hottest months are May and June, after
the monsoon, but even then the climate is usually not
oppressive, and you can always escape to the hills,
2250 meters above sea level.
About 64 km (40 miles)
from Rawalpindi, situated at an altitude of 2286 meters
(7,500 feet) above sea-level is Murree where lofty peaks
tower above green pine covered slopes. It is one of
the most popular summer resorts in Pakistan. The Gallies
are quaint little hill resorts north-west of Murree
and there is a motorable road running through them all.
Murree and the Gallies offer horse riding, golf, chair
lifts in Ayubia and pine shaded walks galore, alongside
magnificent vistas of the plains.
Parks & Gardens:
Daman-e-Koh Viewpoint, Rose and Jasmine Garden, Children's
adventure playground, Shakarparian Park.
Super Market, Jinnah Market, The Blue Area.
Lotus Lake, Rawal Lake, Simly Lake
Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamic Research Centre, Islamabad
Zoo, The Supreme Court, Parliament House, Aiwan-e-Sadar.