TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN PAKISTAN
Punjab province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan in the Hindukush Range
Best Time to Visit:
April to October
Murree is located along Islamabad-Kohala highway N75, some 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Islamabad.Murree belongs to a sub-tropical continental highlands climatic type, situated in the outer Himalayas. This type of area has cold, snowy winters, relatively cool summer and frequent fog. Precipitation is received year round, with two maximas, first one during winter and second one at summer, July-August.Total mean precipitation annually is 1,789 mm.
During the clear spring and autumn, the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir can be seen. Dazzling twilight and cloud effects are a daily feature during the July and August rains. Most of the familiar fruits of Britain, including cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, thrive locally, and the hill station still has a distinct flavor of British times.
The railway connection with Lahore, the capital of the Punjab Province, made this a place of frequent resort for Punjab officials. The villas and other houses erected for the accommodation of English families gave it a European aspect.
TOMB OF MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH
The monumental tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is situated on a natural plateau within a 53 hectare park in the city of Karachi. The approach to the mausoleum is a terraced and landscaped avenue emphasized by fifteen successive fountains. This leads to a platform measuring 75x75m and 4m high, with steps on three sides, which forms the base of the mausoleum. The edifice, square in plan with tapering walls, is surmounted by a dome rising to a height of 43m. Four pointed arches open into the mausoleum from each of the four façades. The interior space is an octagon with a ceremonial sarcophagus in the centre. The actual tomb is located in a subterranean chamber immediately underneath. All exteriors and interiors are finished with marble and the interior of the dome with stucco. The openings above the doorways are lattice work.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday is observed family days, when only husbands accompanied by their wives and young daughters are allowed to visit the Karachi Zoo. No single male of female is permitted.
Every Wednesday is reserved for ladies & children below 12 years of age.
Sunday is Open to the visitors of all ages and Sexes.
The Bagh Ibne Qasim (Urdu: باغ ابنِ قاسم ) is located in Clifton, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Inaugurated by President Pervez Musharraf on February 27, 2007, Pakistan's biggest park constructed underClifton Beach Development Project on 130 acres (0.53 km2) of land. The old Toyland Theme Park has been done away with and this park replaces it. The park cost PKR 600 million and has been completed in 300 working days. More than 10 million people visited the park per year. Is also the largest family park in South Asia.
Shakar Parian Hills are situated near Zero Point, up above the Loke Virsa Museum & Rose & Jasmine Garden. From here you can view the twin cities of Islamabad & Rawalpindi very clearly. Hills have two View Points. East Viewpoint & West View Point.
One of the most popular spots in Islamabad is "Peer Sohawa". You will get to this scenic location after crossing Daman-e-Koh, and close to the top of the prominent Margalla Hills. The view from here is spectacular, especially of the snow capped peaks of Murree. The weather here is pleasant in summer, and winter brings with it beautiful snowy views. You can also enjoy a great meal at the famous Sohawa Heights (Khokha Restaurant) with its great BBQ.
NATIONAL MONUMENT OF PAKISTAN:
National Monument or Pakistan Monument is built on the West View Point of Shakar Parrian Hills. The monument can be viewd from all vantage points of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It is designed by an eminent architect Mr. Arif Masoud, completed in March 2007. There is a nice setup of fountains in front of monument and there are several patches of lush green grass around the Monument.
The Badshahi Mosque (بادشاھی مسجد) or "Emperor's Mosque" was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Lahore, Pakistan. It is one of the city's best known landmarks and a major tourist attraction epitomising the beauty and grandeur of the Mughal era.
Capable of accommodating over 55,000 worshippers, Badshahi is the second largest mosque in Pakistan, after the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. The design of the Badshahi Masjid is closely related to the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India, which was built in 1648 by Aurangzeb's father, Emperor Shah Jahan.
WORLDS SECOND LARGEST FOUNTAIN:
The Second Tallest Fountain of the World, "Port Fountain" in Karachi, Pakistan. Inaugurated by President of Pakistan, Pervaiz Musharraf, on 15 January 2006. The Port fountain is the worlds latest fountain and rises to height of 620 feet when operating at full force. The fountain is located next to the Northern rock of a series known as Oyster Rocks, off the Karachi harbour. The fountain structure and platform of 135 sq meters (15m x 9m) is on 16 piles 18 meters deep. Two 835-horsepower turbine pumps deliver nearly 2000 liters of sea water per second at a velocity of 70 meter per second through specially designed 8 inch nozzles. Because the fountain rises so high into the air, it is quite easily seen from many locations of the city. Many high rise apartments, buildings and surroundings overlook the fountain throughout the community at the beach. The column of water can be seen from miles at sea. The fountain is located 1.4 km away from the beach to avoid spraying neighborhood homes.