Fly To Islamabad, Pakistan
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Settlement in Islamabad only began in the 1960s and as it served as the seat of the Pakistani Government it was initially home to government servants and employees of the federal administration. But Islamabad has since grown steadily in population and is currently the fastest growing urban area in Pakistan.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require a Visa to enter Pakistan. You should ensure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and has at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Pakistan can be found at 48 Khayabane-e-Iqbal (also known as Margalla), Sector F-8/2, Islamabad. Phone: +92 51 226 2354.
See and do
From museums and galleries to a good nightlife, there is plenty on offer in the city. Lok Virsa Museum is definitely worth a visit and as Islamabad’s premier museum; it boasts more than 25 galleries in four blocks connected by passages that depict various cultural links. The National Art Gallery is a modern establishment housing close to 450 art pieces. The range covers a diversity of classical and contemporary painting, sculptures and other pieces. For a great view of the city head to Daman-e-Koh, a lookout point situated in the hills above E-6. Its beauty is brought out by the lush greenery and flowers at various sites.
Islamabad is home to some top-class restaurants with good food and live music, as well as walking trails. For a pleasant evening walk you can check out Shakarparian, a hilly and wild area south of G6 and G7. If the family’s with you then visit the Japanese Park, a children’s park near Islamabad Zoo.
There are a number of shrines, monuments and mosques that you can visit in the city. The most recognizable landmark is Faisal Masjid, a large mosque that was gifted by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Remember to dress and behave respectably as this is a serious place of worship. The National Monument near Shakarparian depicts the country’s four provinces and three territories. From the air this monument apparently looks like a star and crescent moon which represent Pakistan’s flag.
When it comes to activities in Islamabad, you can pack your itinerary to the max. From shooting to go karting, golf, paragliding and rowing there is something for everyone.
When shopping, head to the ‘Markazes’ in various areas. Each one has its own specialities and each is worthy of a visit. You’ll find exotic keepsakes, clothing, shoes and local fast food. There is also a handicrafts village where you can pick up local crafts and other traditional items.
To get around Islamabad, take a taxi. They’re abundant, safe and fairly cheap. You can bargain the fare but prices are typically higher at night. Hiring a car is another good way to get around.
Benazir Bhutto International Airport – ISB
Islamabad’s Airport is the third largest in the country serving both Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi. The airfield is shared with the liaison and transport squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force.
Food and beverage: There are a couple of places to eat and drink at Benazir Bhutto International including the Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawal Restaurant and the Airport Café.
Currency Exchange: There are several banks including M/S Money Master in the International Arrival Lounge, National Bank Ltd; Habib Bank Ltd; Muslim Commercial Bank and P.B.S Money Changer.
Car Hire: A1 Madina Tours, Metro Radio Cab, The Cab Radio Services and Yellow Cab.
Airport Hub: Benazir Bhutto Airport (code ISB) is a hub for Pakistan International Airlines and Shaheen Air International.