This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Islamabad. To help you make friends with Islamabad before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, is a modern, well planned, and new city. Developed in the mid-twentieth century, the city is adjacent to Rawalpindi and both cities are regarded as “sister cities.” The city is famous for its greenery and scenery. It’s also called a "Clean City" in Pakistan. Islamabad has an official tagline -- “Islamabad, the beautiful.”
The city is well planned and divided into square sectors, each are two-by-two square kilometers and named with letters from north to south and numbers from east to west. For example F6, G10, E9, H12 are some of the sectors in the city of Islamabad. The Blue Area is a famous commercial area, while the Red Area is the house of the government and diplomatic offices. Every sector has a Markaz (center), the local central commercial area for each sector.
Being the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is a famous spot for business and tourists and the backpacking hostels in Islamabad are growing day by day. Most of such Islamabad hostels are found in the central areas of the city. Youth hostels in Islamabad -- a famous project of the government of Pakistan -- offer way cheaper accommodation with basic facilities in the city as well as all over Pakistan.
Famous tourist spots include Daman e Koh, the view point of Islamabad; Margalla Hills National Park; Pir Sohawa; Lake View Park; Pakistan National Monument; Faisal Mosque; Saidpur Village; Golra Sharif Shrine; Golra Railway Station; Rose and Jasmine Park; and Shakarparian. Centaurs Towers are the most famous and tallest buildings in Islamabad, offering residential and commercial areas.
Murree is a famous hill station about forty kilometers north of Islamabad and the city of Taxila is the house of old civilizations just forty kilometers southwest of Islamabad. Khanpur Dam is another famous tourist attraction for speed boats and paragliding. The city is linked with Lahore and Peshawar with the M2 and M1 motorways respectively.
Written by local enthusiast for Islamabad hostelsBrown Traveller