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Islamabad Sights and Landmarks Guide, Pakistan

Islamabad has been the capital of Pakistan since 1960 and since then the government of Pakistan has worked hard to give the capital a world class level. The hard work has given positive results too as currently Islamabad is the cleanest city of Pakistan. The city has been divided into 8 sectors with each sector having its own shopping mall etc. thus helping the inhabitants of the city.

Although Islamabad is new when compared to other cities of Pakistan, the desire of the government to develop the city has given it an important place on the tourist maps.

Some of the most talked about tourist spots of Islamabad are the National Monument, Shakar Parian Hills, Heritage Museum, and Shah Faisal Mosque (which is a huge place of worship for Muslims, all built of Marble).

Taxila (a town dating 500 B.C.) is located on the western border of Islamabad. Taxila is famous for various Buddhist sculptures which are found in and around the small town. Also, the sculptures of Taxila reflect the presence of Greeks on this land. This is considered due to the visit of Alexander the Great in this region during those days.

Blue Area is that commercial center of Islamabad which is famous for various government buildings. Blue Area ends on the Parliament Road and this is the place where most of the government offices are located.

Although the city was open land initially and it was full of unwanted scrubs and bushes, nowadays it is a green city all due to the efforts of the Pakistan Government. Huge forests are located near Margalla Hills and that’s why this area has been made a National Park. This area is full of a huge number of species and many of them are so rare that you won’t find them anywhere else on earth. The Margalla leopards, one of the endangered species, are also found in these forests.

Architecture, in and around Islamabad, is a perfect blend of modernization and historical period. Like the Saudi - Pak Tower which is designed in a manner that it reflects both the modern and traditional styles of architecture. Another hot tourist spot is the Faisal Mosque (funded by King of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal). This huge Mosque is famous for its huge design and size.

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