Islamabad: A City with rich heritage
Islamabad: A City with rich heritage

The capital city of the country, Islamabad as mini-Pakistan has developed a unique culture of its own with peculiar characteristics to represent almost all communities of the country in different shades and colors.

The majority of the residents here, or you may call them as Islooiites, belong to different backgrounds and professions but they have reserved their peculiar lifestyle and reticent nature as they neither interfere in others’ affairs nor like the same for their own selves.

It was due to the central location of the city that the capital was shifted from Karachi to here in early 1960. Initially, only the government officers and a few businessmen were residing in the newly-built capital of the country. But with the passage of time, it expanded manifold due to migration and population growth.

The well-planned modern city of Islamabad is home to many migrants from different regions of the country, political community, foreigners, and diplomats besides common people with cultural and religious diversity.

Located in Potohar Plateau, this city of superb architecture has been blessed with a humid subtropical climate with five seasons – winter, spring, summer, monsoon, and autumn. It is surrounded by lush green Margallah Hills on one side and the scenic Rawal Lake on the other.

The city owes its beauty to the fact that it is thinly populated, well structured, planned, and highly developed from almost every angle.

The capital city has several spots of cultural and religious attractions, which reflect its rich history and vibrant culture. Therefore, the Islooiites frequently celebrate the rich cultural heritage in huge gatherings in a number of festivals and entertainment activities throughout the year from foods to arts and music to cultural events.

Due to a large number of educational institutions and hostels in the capital, the events are often joined in and celebrated by young and energetic people with their peculiar lifestyle.

The city has numerous walking, hiking, jogging, and cycling tracks, public parks and mountains wherein Islooiites daily spare some time for physical exercise as they can be seen either walking in the morning or evening.

The city has lots of visiting spots such as the following:

  1. Faisal Mosque
  2. Shakarpariyan
  3. Pakistan Monument
  4. Lok Virsa Museum
  5. Rawal Dam (Lake View Park)
  6. Margallah hills
  7. Fatima Jinnah Park
  8. Pir Sohawa
  9. Islamabad Zoo
  10. Pakistan Museum of National History
  11. Saidpur village
  12. Damen-e-Koh
  13. Shahdara Village
  14. Golra Sharif (Shrines)
  15. Bari Imam (Shrines)

Though Islamabad does not have a homogeneous culture as the majority of its residents are migrants from different parts of the country, who are living with their peculiar cultural and religious values. However, this aspect makes the city rich in culture and linguistic milieu creating the possibilities to observe and understand life from diverse perspectives. —APP