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Islamabad, also called “the beautiful”, is the underestimated capital of Pakistan. This city of 1.15 million is modern, quiet and located in a culturally rich area, in which influences from Iran, Central Asia and China fused into a very distinctive local culture and tradition. With its green parks and alleys, this safe haven is the perfect place to relax before setting off to treks into the Himalayas or the surrounding area.

Although there are many options of flight tickets to Islamabad, sometimes to find a cheap flight to Islamabad it might be worth looking at cheap flights to Karachi then booking an internal flight locally.

The area of Islamabad is considered one of the earliest sites of human settlement in Asia. Traces of humans from 100,000 to 500,000 years ago were found here. Later, the area was an early settlement of the Aryan community and a corridor for armies of Genghis Khan, Timur and many others who wanted to invade India. Islamabad was built in the 1960s on the site of the Saidpur village, as this location was better-suited for a capital city than Karachi.

Today, Islamabad is one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanised cities of Pakistan, featuring a combination of modernity and old Islamic patterns. As there are literally no existing city limits between the capital and Rawalpindi, they are considered twin cities.

Even though Islamabad is a quiet town, there is much to do. In recent years, many restaurants and bars opened, so that the city now has a good nightlife. Also, there is a vast array of different museums that are worth a visit. The Lok Virsa museum, for example, features more than 25 large galleries and has large halls dedicated to architecture, musical heritage, textiles and many other cultural themes. Also, the Golra Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum is another gem with an old, renovated station and several old locomotives. Another must-see is the National Art Gallery with its many exhibits of contemporary and classical paintings.

Definitely a must on the bucket list is the beautiful Faisal Mosque, which was a gift by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. And if you are interested into the cultural traces and history of the region, you won’t regret checking out Saidpur Village. This small village was influenced by many different civilizations, including Greek, Gandhara, Buddhist and Ashoka. It also has a colonial heritage! Also, a tour through Islamabad’s twin city, Rawalpindi, is a must. Contrary to the capital, this city has thousands of years of history!

You best get around Islamabad by taxi or bus. The best time to travel there is from November to April, when the weather is slightly cooler.

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