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City Islamabad in Pakistan- The Administrative Hub of Pakistan

The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, literally means the ‘Abode of Islam’ in Urdu language. This city was built in the 1960s when it was decided to shift the capital from Karachi. One of the most well planned and beautiful cities in South Asia, it holds the credit of being the cleanest city and the most literate city in Pakistan.

Accommodation Options
Visitors can find an array of accommodation choices in this city that range from high end star hotels to budget hotel accommodation options like guesthouse, motels and youth hostels. Though it a safe city to stay, political violence and terrorist attacks are not uncommon. Exercise caution and do not venture out at night. There are many guest houses near the Fatima Jinnah Park that are especially rated as safe and the best part is that these are conveniently closed to all the amenities.

History
The civilization of Islamabad traces back to thousands of years and is thought to be regarded to be one of the earliest sites of human settlement in Asia, which dates back to the Stone Age. An erstwhile Buddhist town, Islamabad was an entry point to many armies including that of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Timur to advance to the rest of the Indian sub continent.

Popular Places
Islamabad is an exciting tapestry of the old and the new. From the thriving financial centre of  the  Blue Area to the majestic  Daman-e-Koh hills that offer a panoramic view of the city on a clear day and the countless parks and gardens, this city has something special for everyone. Faisal Masjid, the most prominent landmark of this city is a massive mosque gifted by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Getting Around
The travel guide for a hassle free travel in this city would recommend taxis as the most popular means to go around. Make sure that you negotiate the price before hand. Prices will be high at night. Car Hire is also convenient to explore this city a good way of getting around. Most of the hotels have their own car hire services. Tipping the chauffeur is appreciated.

Places of Entertainment
Islamabad offers an array of leisure activities. From the fishing options in Rawal Lake and Lotus Lake to mountain biking tours and golf, there is a lot to do. There are cheap shopping options and a few night clubs in this city apart from cafes and restaurants where you can spend some fun time.

Currency
The currency of Pakistan is Pakistani Rupee (PKR). The smaller denominations are Paise, which are tendered as coins. The currency exchange facilities are available in banks and tourist counters and the currency exchange values can be accessed from financial news and the internet.

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