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|Islamabad city centre|
|Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB): 7 mi from city centre|
Planning a trip to Pakistan's capital? Catch cheap flights to Islamabad onboard an array of Middle-Eastern airlines like Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Pakistan International Airlines is the national airline and flies from London and Manchester to Rawalpindi Airport (ISB).
Summers are scorchers in Islamabad with temperatures reaching 38°C on average in June. Western visitors should, if they absolutely must plan holidays in Islamabad, plan to visit during winter, December and January are ideal.
Direct flights to Islamabad take 8 hours from London.
Islamabad is a relatively green and quiet city with few sights other than government offices and buildings to see. It's a 9 to 5 kind of city with more men in suits than London Bank Station! There are however a couple museums and parks worth visiting.
Lok Virsa Museum: The city's premier museum features 25 galleries featuring traditional embroidered costumes, jewellery and block printing. The different areas of the museum concentrate of Iranian culture, artefacts from central Asia and China.
Daman-e-Koh: If you want a great view of Islamabad, head up to this park above E-6. Take a walk among the green hills, gardens and when hunger strikes, enjoy one of the park's restaurants or cafes.
Margala Hills: The Himalayan foothills are just a short jaunt away from Islamabad and is the perfect place to do some hiking while you're visiting. Don't forget to pack sturdy shoes, plenty of water and some trail maps. Ideal hiking is between March and November.
Find more information on Pakistan Tourism Board.
Islamabad has plenty of accommodation to choose from with many more hotels in Islamabad opening year by year. For budget hotels, try something in G6, 7 or 8. Luxury and mid-range hotels tend to be more spread out in the city and should be booked as far in advance as possible.