Shakarparian Hills، اسلام آباد, اسلام آباد ضلع, اسلام آباد وفاقی علاقہ، Pakistan
Pakistan MonumentThe Pakistan Monument is probably the most touristy place you can visit in Islamabad. The monument offers a view of the cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, as well as a museum about the monument. The monument itself was built in 2007 and is designed to celebrate the different regions of Pakistan. The basic look of the monument is supposed to represent a flower opening up, and in each petal is depicted famous images from each region. The monument is very large, and can be seen from below the hill that it rest on. However the best view is from the hill itself.
It does cost a few dollars to enter the area where the monument sits, and it's worth the price. While the monument is very nice, it's worth walking around a bit to enjoy the view of the cities as well. This is probably the best view of Islamabad you'll get without climbing up the Margalla hills. This is a very popular place for locals to visit, however not as many foreign travelers come here. This means you'll likely get stopped a few times to talk with some of the locals, as well as take a picture or two. Most of the locals will be friendly and will leave you alone if you ask, however some might be a little more pushy. The trick is to push back and insist that they leave you alone.
This is not a religious site, so you won't have to worry about covering your head if you're a woman, or removing your shoes. For the most part this site is used as a picnic site and for simple walks outdoors.