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Lok Virsa Museum

A very appealing and well managed museum with eye-catching attractions that take you back to the past. All the colors of Pakistan are well presented as well as the cultures and marvelous history of the country. Probably the most arty museum in the country!

A visit to the arts and crafts shops adjacent to the museum is a must as well as the many cafe's around it. 

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Daman-e-Koh

There are two ways to reach Daman-e-Koh. One route is from the trekking routes which start at the bottom of the hills which take 45 minutes to an hour. The other way is through a brilliant road to the top of the hills which is very windy and has some seriously inclined curves for which you should make sure that you go in the right car with the right tyres. Both routes are scenic and beautiful. It is strongly recommended that if you are walking up the hill then you should try to get off the hills before sunset as the place might get dangerous. Again this place is a very popular weekend destination and get very crowded so a weekday should be fun and give you time to enjoy yourself or with your family. There are some very good restaurants at the summit. The view of central Islamabad offered from here is priceless!

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Pirsohawa

Pirsohawa Is basically a number of restaurants way up in the hills nestled at about 16 km from the zoo and an almost 20 minute drive. On your way, enjoy monkeys eating things people often throw at them. But don't go close to them as they do not scared of you and are likely to ruin your trip!

It is a truly wonderful experience to have a glimpse of the entire city from above. If you want to dine at that place, Monal and La Montana restaurants are perfect spots for you. However, I always enjoy going far ahead with my friends most of the time. If you go further ahead, after probably 20 minutes drive from Monal restaurant, a small post of Pakistan Army is situated. It's not visible from the roadside, but a blue color water tank is a symbol of that place. It's another beautiful place hidden under the shadows of palm trees and a nice place to have a BBQ.

 If you want to enjoy even more, you can drive further down to the next spot where a police post is installed. There is also a small mosque, a guest house and a good eating place. From thereon, the spectacular panorama of Islamabad is simply breathtaking. Just inhale the cool breeze, enjoy the calmness you've never had before and finally the beautiful voices of birds chirping around the palm trees. You can actually feel the wind passing by the palm trees and the silence. You can have Pakoras with drinks here. This road goes straight into Khyber Pakhuntwa district into Abbottabad.

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Saidpur village

A beautifully preserved real village with a touristy entrance and exteriors and facades.
Good for tourists who don't have time to visit a real village, this place paints a fairly good picture. An ancient Hindu temple and an adjoining museum provide an added treat for history lovers.

Also the abundance of restaurants has something for people of every apetite!

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