Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. It is located against the backdrop of Margalla Hills at the northern edge of Potohar Plateau. It is a lush green, spacious and a peaceful city.
In the early days of independence the need to have a new and permanent Capital City reflecting the cultures, traditions, hopes, aspirations and dreams of all diverse ethics, linguistic and regional groups that constituted the Pakistani nation was felt. 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 and Turkey. After the extensive research, feasibility studies and thorough review of various sites, the commission recommended the area Northeast of Rawalpindi. A Greek firm Doxiadis Associates drew up a master plan triangular in shape, based on a grid system, with its opex towards the Margalla Hills. The planners envisaged Islamabad eventually absorbing Rawalpindi entirely and stretching well to the West of Grand trunk road.
Islamabad offers a healthy climate, pollution free atmosphere, plenty of water and lush green area. It is a modern and carefully planned city with wide tree-lined streets, large houses elegant public buildings and well-organized bazaars, markets, and shopping centers.
The city is divided into eight basic zones Administrative, diplomatic enclave, residential areas, educational sectors, industrial sectors, commercial areas and the rural- green areas. Each sector has its own shopping area and public park.
Being a new capital city Islamabad is not completely devoid of entertainment. Besides the verdant green natural vegetation, there are many other places to visit in Islamabad. The well sculpted gardens of Shakar Parian Hills, the fascinating Heritage Museum, and the ethnical and cultural marvel the Shah Faisal Mosque are few highlights of Islamabad. Drive a little farther to the west of Islamabad, and discover the Buddhist site of Taxila, dating from 500 BC, showing a strong Greek influence and Alexander’s great journey through the region. Other places in Islamabad to visit are; Downtown Islamabad Daman-e-Koh, Taxila and the world’s oldest University, Golra Sharif, Lotus Lake, Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad Museum, Islamabad Zoo, Lok Virsa Museum, Supreme Court of Pakistan, National Parliament of Pakistan, Japanese Park, Chinatown, Chattar Bagh, Islamabad Fatima Jinnah Park, Rawal Dam and Play Land
Islamabad today is the heart and soul of Pakistan. It is a city which symbolizes the aspirations of a young and dynamic nation that looks forward to a glorious future for its people.