Faisal Mosque is the biggest mosque of South Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world with covered area of 5000 square meter (54,000 square feet), and room for containing as many as 300,000 worshipers in its main prayer hall, porticoes, courtyard and adjoining grounds. It is considered as the National Mosque of Pakistan. Shah Faisal Mosque was remained the biggest mosque in the world from 1986 to 1993 when taken over in size by the completion of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Sited at north end of one of Faisal Avenue, the Shah Faisal Mosque is positioned at the northern-most end of the Islamabad on an elevated area near Margalla Hills. This positioning enables the mosque to be seen from miles around with a beautiful background of the Margalla Hills. It represents great importance of the Faisal Mosque.
The monument is located at the west viewpoint ShakarParian Hills and is spread over a total area of 2.8 hectares. The high location makes the monument visible from across the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.Pakistan Monument located in Islamabad is conceived as the National Monument of Pakistan. The monument was constructed as a tribute to the people who sacrificed their lives for the independence of Pakistan. It represents the history, civilization and culture of Pakistan and mainly focuses on historical events of Pakistan Movement. The murals on the petals of flower shaped architecture features Pakistan’s cultural heritage and historic events of Pakistan Movement.
PirSohawa is a highland picturesque rural sight, at an altitude of 5000 feet (1524 meters), located near Islamabad (the capital of Pakistan). The scenic place is praised for trips and holiday picnics in Islamabad and is sighted near Monal Village, which exist on the incline against Islamabad city.The place is linked to Islamabad by a road on which Daman-e-Koh (a viewing point and hill top garden) is located and it takes 35 minutes drive to reach it from the city. It is about 13 kilometers from Marghzar. The sight presents a fantastic and picturesque view of Islamabad city during day and night.The sight is end point for hiking trips from the foot of Margla Hills, rising 3000 feet (914 meters) almost vertically upward from the Saidpur Village, Islamabad.A restaurant called “MonalResturant” is located at PirSohawa. Completed in 2006, the restaurant presents a breathtaking view of the city of Islamabad in day and amazingly beautiful show of the city lights during night. One can adore fragrance and breeze, especially in hot days of summer, with thick forest present all around. The place also attracts tourist during winter, as being a place sufficient for occasional snow fall due to an altitude of 5000 feet.
Rawal Lake View Park
Rawal Lake View Park is a picnic spot for visitors in Islamabad which is on the side of RawalLake. Rawal Lake in Islamabad is an artificial reservoir which provides the water needs for the twin cities. The area around it has been landscaped beautifully to provide good recreation, be it picnics, taking long walks, fishing or boating.The area around the lake has been planted with flowering trees and laid out with gardens, picnic spots, and secluded paths. The terraced garden and the lake are used for picnics, fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden offers a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Noorpur Shahan, a village situated at the foot of Margallah Hills, near Qaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, is famous for the mirror-studded shrine of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, popularly known as Bari Imam. The shrine was originally built on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The death anniversary (Urs) of Bari Imam is observed in the first week of May beginning Monday through Thursday with lot of festivities representing the Potohar culture and attracts people from all over the country. There is a cave in the Margallah Hills on the back of the shrine where Bari Imam used to sit for meditation. A mosque, where he preached and acted as Imam, is located on Hill Road.
Saidpur Village situated on the slopes of Margalla Hills in Islamabad is one of the oldest villages of Pakistan. More than five hundred years old Saidpur Village is known for its heritage, history and folklore. These days the village is serving as one of the favorite picnic place in Islamabad for both local and foreign visitors. The village inclining on the slopes of Margalla Hills presents an attractive view in soft light of morning and evening.
Pak-China Friendship Centre
Pak-China Friendship Center is considered to be the Biggest state-of-the-art auditorium in Pakistan, that is situated near the ‘Crescent and Star’ intersection and with lush green Shakarparian hills in the backdrop. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani inaugurated this ‘Pak-China Friendship Centre’ in year 2010. The centre has a sitting capacity of 814 and it is being considered as the biggest and state-of-the-art auditorium of performing arts in Pakistan. Eight conference halls are also being constructed among which the largest one has seating capacity of 250 people, besides three dancing halls and 105 residential rooms are also being constructed.