The peak time to visit Islamabad is during the winter season from November to March. Not only it is much cooler and pleasant as compared to rest of the year, the city is also soaked in the festivities. It would be advisable to book your tickets early to avoid last minute rush and inflated prices. If you’re looking for a budget option, you can travel here during the summer season from May to August. Pakistan’s humid subtropical climate is maxed out during this time of the year and the temperature may well surge up to 100 deg F, but you might get some discounted deals on flights and hotels.
The city is served by Benazir Bhutto International Airport. It is the third-largest airport in Pakistan. It is a joint civil and military airport that besides operating multiple scheduled passenger domestic and international flights, also receives foreign dignitaries and high level government or army officials. It is a hub for Pakistan International Airlines and Shaheen Air International. This airport offers a number of scheduled domestic destinations (like Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi) and international flights to a number of global cities like Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, London, Manchester, Beijing and a lot more. Places of Interest in Islamabad
Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas as the touchdown point to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this capital city is the political and cultural epicentre of the country. It is home to the Parliament House and the official residences of the President and Prime Minister. Islamabad’s skyline is a sea of architectural contrasts for its sheer number of Islamic, Mughal, Turkish, Middle Eastern and contemporary buildings. Some atypical signatures of architectural exquisiteness include the Saudi-Pak Tower, Pakistan Monument, Faisal Mosque and Islamabad Stock Exchange Towers. The city is also a hub for rock climbing cycling, go karting, fishing, para-gliding, rowing and hiking trails.Faisal Mosque
Faisal Mosque is the national and largest mosque in Pakistan. Scenically located the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad, it is an eclectic mix of traditional Islamic and Turkish architecture. The mosque consists of eight sides of concrete shell that are flanked by thin minarets but surprisingly without a dome. It was designed by a Turkish architect who was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project.Pakistan Monument
The Pakistan Monument is a national monument and heritage museum in Islamabad. It is made as a large petal-shaped structure that offers a stunning panoramic cityscape from its top. Its four outer petals represent four provinces and the smaller petals represent three territories of Pakistan. This superstructure resembles a star placed alongside a crescent moon when viewed from the sky.Lok Virsa Museum
The Lok Virsa Museum is an impossible to miss attraction for those interested in the history of Pakistan. This museum is located in Islamabad and is home to a wide range of folk and traditional cultural legacy. It has numerous halls dedicated to traditional architecture, musical heritage, textiles and replicas of Sufi shrines. Also of note are embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work here that relate to a varied time-span.