The city is filled with greenery. Rawal Lake and the adjacent Lake View Park are popular spots for picnics, and the lake offers opportunities for boating and fishing. The lake area also serves as a great source of panoramic views over the city.
Families will enjoy a day out at Islamabad Zoo, where more than 300 animals await, including lions, tigers and a wide variety of birds.
When you travel to Islamabad, taking a day trip to Saidpur Village, is the ideal way to catch a change of scenery. This ancient village was the subject of a two-year remodelling project that concluded in 2008, and is filled with cafés and restaurants. There are also regularly updated exhibitions showcasing Pakistan's rich cultural heritage.
The Margalla Hills, on the city’s outskirts, are part of the Himalayan foothills and offer some excellent opportunities for rock-climbing. Cycling is also a popular pastime here, and renting a bike in the city is a great way to take in some of the area's scenic trails.