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The once sleepy city is now abuzz with activities, some of which are mentioned in the Islamabad things to do list. Islamabad, which nestles against the Margalla Hills, is the capital of Pakistan. It is sectioned into several areas consisting of the diplomatic enclave, commercial, residential and industrial areas. The weather is mostly hot and humid, but could be pleasant in the early months.
Lovers of action sports will enjoy the city’s popular paragliding adventure. Services and equipment for this activity are supplied by private clubs based in Islamabad, such as Pakistan Paragliding School and Club. You would drive up the Margalla Hills and then take off from a small hill if you are a beginner. The paragliding itself would cost about $100 for a whole day, good for two people.
Boating and Picnic at Rawal Lake
Rawal View Park is located about 15 minutes away from Islamabad. A taxi ride to the lake will cost you about $5. This is a wonderful picnic and boating spot ideal for families as there are play areas for children and various gardens. The lake is an artificial reservoir that provides the water needs of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Boating facilities and services are provided by the park management. Go there on weekdays to avoid the crowd on weekends.
Hiking at Margalla Hills
The Margalla Hills are superb for hiking and cater to all types of hikers. There are several trails and natural pathways. Tourists are advised to go hiking in a group, in order to avoid mugging incidents. For the best hiking experience, go to private clubs such as the Asian Study Group, which offer hiking tours and equipment.
Camel or Horse Riding
Go for a camel ride at the parks of Islamabad and enjoy the pleasant scenery the city has to offer. It could cost up to $15 depending on how good you are at haggling. You could also go horse riding, although club membership is required to ride a horse in the city. Membership costs about $35. Also, horse riding requires a complete riding kit, such as boots, a cap and gloves.
Hot Air Balloon rides are getting more popular in the city, and adventure sports clubs (led by the Pakistan Adventure Foundation) are now catering to this new hobby. The balloon flies over some parts of the city, then over Rawal Lake and Margalla Range, and you could enjoy a view of Islamabad from above. A short ride may be quite expensive, because maintenance of the balloon itself is quite costly.
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