Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Islamabad

History of Islamabad:
Islamabad was built in 1960 as Forward Capital while Karachi was the capital of Pakistan since the time of independence. There were several reasons for building a new capital; near to Kashmir and Army Headquarters and accessible from each corner of Pakistan. A Greek firm designed the Master Grid Plan of Islamabad. Islamabad is one of the most well-planned and green capitals of world.
Islamabad is the capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Islamabad is 10th largest and a cosmopolitan city of Pakistan. The Population of Islamabad is over 1.3 million. Islamabad is also called as ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory). Islamabad and Rawalpindi are called Twin Cities as both cities stand side by side.

Islamabad is located between two provinces of Pakistan; Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Islamabad is located at the edge of the Pothohar Plateau near Margalla Hills. Rawalpindi, Muree, Kahuta, Haripur, Taxila, Wah Cantt, Attock and Gujar Khan are nearby cities.
Islamabad is divided in many zones, areas and sectors.

Transportation for Islamabad:
Islamabad International Airport (Benazir Bhutto International Airport) is the 3rd largest airport of Pakistan while another New Islamabad International Airport is under construction.
Bus and train service is available to all major cities of Pakistan. Islamabad is connected with Karachi with a railway line. Islamabad is connected with Lahore via M1 Motorway and GT Road while M2 connects Islamabad to Peshawar.

Administration of Islamabad:
Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICT) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) with the help of some other organizations and departments are responsible for the administration of Islamabad.

Faisal Masjid is the largest Mosque of South Asia and it is 6th largest Mosque of World.

Tourism Spots in Islamabad:
Faisal Masjid
Margalla Hills National Park
Rawal Lake
National Monument of Pakistan
Folk Heritage Museum
Shakarparian Hills
Faisal Mosque
Daman-e-Koh
Pir Sohawa

Dams in Islamabad:
Rawal Dam
Simli Dam
Khanpur Dam (Khyber PK)

Hotels and Restaurants in Islamabad:
Serena Hotel
PC Hotel (Pearl Continental Hotel)

Map of Islamabad:


Map of IslamabadImage via Wikipedia

Important Places in Islamabad
Jinnah Convention Center
Lal Masjid/ Red Mosque

Universities, Colleges and Institutes in Islamabad:
International Islamic University
Quaid e Azam University (QU)
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)
Bahria University (Naval University)
Air University
National Defense University
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
COMSATS
Hamdard University
National University of Modern Languages (NUML)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah University

Hospitals and Clinics in Islamabad:
PIMS Hospital
Al Shifa Hospital

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