Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan since 1963, has an air of spaciousness, with parks, gardens and fountains below the silhouette of the Margalla Hills. It is quite different to its neighbouring twin city, Rawalpindi. In the midst of these lies Daman-e-Koh, a terraced garden with an excellent view over the city. The city is also home to the world’s largest mosque, Faisal Masjid whch can accommodate 15,000 people. The majestic white building comprises four 88m (288ft) minarets and a desert tent-like structure, which is the main prayer chamber.
The National Gallery of Pakistan is also warrants a visit. It is home to an impressive four-storey art gallery and a 400-seat auditorium. For a really unusual day out coincide your visit to Islamabad with a trip on a steam train. On the first and last Monday of the month, the Gandhara Steam Safari heads to and from Rawalpindi to Golra; your fare will include a visit to the railway museum too.