"The City of the Islam" Islamabad by jorgejuansanchez

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Islamabad is not an interesting city for the traveler. It was designed in the sixties of the XX century to substitute Karachi as Pakistan capital.
Islamabad (meaning City of Islam) is, therefore, an artificial city, like Canberra or Brasilia. Much more interesting is Rawalpindi (called Pindi by the locals), at just 15 kilometers distance.
But if you need to get visas for the continuation of your travel (Iran, India or China), then you need to go to Islamabad for all the embassies are located there.
And that was my case. I arrived to Karachi, Pakistan, without a visa for India, my next destination, so I was forced to travel to Islamabad to get the visa, but did not stay there during the night. Instead, I returned to millenary Rawalpindi, with a much pleasant atmosphere and cheaper hostels and restaurants.
The most characteristic of Islamabad is the great Faisal Mosque, so named because it was financed by the Saudi Arabia King Faisal bin Abdelaziz.

  • Last visit to Islamabad: Dec 1988
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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