Travels Through Pakistan: Islamabad

Here at Allshore, we like to be as educated as possible when it comes to our Pakistani team members and their homes. One of the first surprising things I learned about Pakistan was how beautiful of a country is it. Given its geological location, not many people expect it to be home to such diverse natural and manmade wonders. 

 

This week we take a trip to the capital of Pakistan, the large and populous Islamabad.

Despite the fact that the city is the capital of Pakistan, it is one of the youngest large cities in the country. Built only in 1960, Islamabad has a unique urban design focused on making the city a well-built industrial and governmental hub. Karachi had previously been the capital, but was deemed too vulnerable to attacks due to it’s coastal location. Another reason Pakistanis sought to move the capital was to better spread out the influx of workers and industrialization throughout the country. After several years of searching, the area where Islamabad now stands was deemed perfect in all aspects.

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One of the benefits of how Islamabad was built is the close proximity to protected tracks of wild land. Rawal Lake is a man made reservoir outside Islamabad where there are plenty of water activities during the summer months. Built to supply water to the cities of Islamabad and nearby Rawalpindi, the lake also doubles as an exciting getaway for urban residents. It is located partially within the Margalla National Park, nearly 300 acres in size. This area provides a natural retreat for Islamabad, as well as helping to preserve local wildlife.

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Within the city itself are several amazing sights. The Shah Faisal Mosque dominates the landscape around it; the sheer size of its amazing pinnacles astounds visitors each year. The mosque’s shape was inspired by desert tents and moves away from the traditional dome roof. Able to hold almost 100,000 visitors the scale of this building is enormous. Visitors are wowed by its 130-ft. high ceiling and the amazing acoustics it creates. Another astounding architectural feat is the Pakistan Monument. Construction was finished in 2006 on the beautiful structure, and the work was done painstakingly carefully over two years. Meant to show the four provinces and three territories of the country, the monument looks like a flower opening.

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One of the most famous museums in the city is the Pakistan Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1976, the museum works to preserve and teach Pakistan’s amazing and diverse plants and animals. Visitors can explore three different galleries, each with a special focus. The Biodiversity Gallery shows just how many different species live in Pakistan, and includes informative exhibits on preservation from multiple threats to healthy ecosystems. The next is a Marine Gallery, which allows visitors to explore not only sea life, but also how coral reefs and fossils form. Lastly, the Eco Gallery is an interactive area for children to get hands on experience with how plants and animals interact within an ecosystem.

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Though it’s a relatively new city, Islamabad is active and has much to offer tourists. Whether you like nature, architecture, or culture, the capital of Pakistan will definitely meet your wildest expectations.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.islamabadthecapital.com/islamabad/history/ http://www.cda.gov.pk/about_islamabad/history/#ad-image-14 http://www.pmnh.gov.pk/htm/history.html http://www.lonelyplanet.com/pakistan/islamabad-and-rawalpindi/sights/religious/shah-faisal-mosque http://www.tdcp.gop.pk/tdcp/Destinations/Lakes/RawalLake/tabid/357/Default.aspx

 

Photos:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rawal_dam.jpg Author: Amjad Sheikh http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faisal_Mosque.jpg Author: Illusive255
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Islamabad_-_Pakistan_Monument_by_Night.JPG Author: Shahid Razzaq http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Front_view_of_the_Pakistan_Museum_of_Natural_History.JPG Author: Waqas-anees2014 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_View_of_Islamabad.jpg Author: Azam Ishaque Permission: Licensed under the GFDL by the author; Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arcs_at_Night.jpg  Author: Yaser619

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Anne Sutherland

Administrative Coordinator at Allshore Virtual Staffing
Anne Sutherland is an Administrative Coordinator at Allshore Virtual Staffing, a remote staffing agency. Having a BA in Asian Studies, minor in Japanese, and time spent abroad, Anne excels at multi-cultural communication and continually stays up to date on cultural events and research.

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