Pakistan Tourism destinations: Hotels and Places to Visit in Islamabad

Tourist destinations in Islamabad: Pir Sohawa

Islamabad the capital of Pakistan is a fairly modern, beautiful and well-planned city. There is no dearth of accommodations which would suit ever pocket. The high and mighty can stay at five star hotels such as the Serena Hotel, Marriot Hotel and the Raddisson SAS Hotel. The Best Western Hotel and the Envoy Continental  Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Margalla Hotel and Ambassador Hotel are some mid-priced range hotels. Islamabad Regency, Cape Grace House, Four Seasons Hotel and Pak Palace Hotel also provide clean and tidy accommodation with decent service. Islamabad also has guest houses where people on budget can stay; Riviera, Royal Manor and Jasmine Guest House are recommended to tourists.

There is never a dull moment in Islamabad; the nature lovers can head for parks such as Japanese Garden and Rose and Jasmine Garden. Those who seek physical activities will find many hiking spots right in the lap of nature such as Margalla Hills; para-gilding can also be done here.  The Fatima Jinnah Park is especially known for recreational and sports activities. Chattar Park and Shakar Padiyan are other parks worth mentioning. Daman-e-Koh is located in the hills of Islamabad and gives a beautiful bird eye view of the city. There is  golf course nearby and a restaurant which serves excellent food. Further from Daman-e-Koh is another picturesque and peaceful spot Pir Sahawa. Faisal Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the world and is a beautiful specimen of architecture. Rawal Lake situated in the outskirts of Islamabad is a major tourist attraction in Islamabad. It is a hub of various activities such as boating, kayaking, sailing, fishing and bird watching.

To get acquainted with the culture and history of the place you can visit the various museums. Lok Virsa and the Pakistan Museum of Natural History are highly recommended. Islamabad also has majestic government buildings such as the Aiwan-i-Sadr.

Pakistan through the decades: Profile of main Pakistani Airlines

Pakistan International Airlines

The history of Pakistani Airlines started with the merging of Orient Airways with international airlines cooperation of Pakistan. At that time Pakistan International Airlines was the only operator that provided travelling facilities to passengers. Meanwhile private airlines emerged and started their services in Pakistan. However, currently there exist only three main Pakistani airlines which include PIA, Air Blue and Shaheen Air.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), only airline owned by the Government of Pakistan, provides its travelling facilities to 42 international destinations and 27 domestic flights are operated by it. It has an employment rate of 18,043 according to the survey (2008). The main bases of PIA lay in three big cities of Pakistan namely Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

Air blue is the privately owned Pakistani airline which is the second largest domestic airline of Pakistan. It provides its services to five international destinations and four domestic places. Besides, another main Pakistani airline is Shaheen Air that is the private-based cooperation. Like Air Blue, it operates among main cities of Pakistan and schedules international flights to five or six destinations. The main base of both of these privately owned airlines exist at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

In addition to the currently serving airlines described above, there were few others that do not serve anymore due to some reasons. They include Aero Asia International, Pearl Air, Pakistan Airways and some others. Some of them closed their services long time ago and some had been suspended prior to poor management issues.

 

Lakes of Pakistan – Rawal Lake

by on December 9, 2010
in lakes of pakistan

Lakes in Pakistan- Rawal Lake - Islamabad

Location Water Catchment Area Surface Area Max. depth
Margalla Hills 

Islamabad

Reservoir 106.25 sq. m 8.8 sq km 102 ft

Rawal Lake is an artifical water reservoir of water providing water to the twin cities-Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It is situated within the territory of Margallah Hills National Park. The PTDC has made restaurant and boating facilities to attract visitors. Dam is also constructed on the lake named as Rawal Dam. Several tourists visit this lake and enjoy a nice holidays with their families. Boating, diving, water skating and sailing are the main attractions of the place. These activities are organized by private clubs. Islamabad club offers sporting facilities on the west of the lake.

The lake is surrounded by a well maintained green area with beautiful flowers and trees. The gardens around the lake are full of plants and fountains. Different picnic spots and paths are made for the tourists. The hill top near the lake shows a dynamic scene of Murree  hills, Margalla hills and the twin cities.

If you are enjoy bird watching, this could be a right place for you. Large number of  birds come to this lake and fly around it all day. To facilitate tourism a park full of walking tracks and sitting area is now located by the side of this beautiful lake.

Top 20 Engineering Colleges in Pakistan

Popular Ghulam Ishaq Khan University of Pakistan

Engineering is one field where the professionals are constantly discovering ways to improve the standard of living by creating bold and innovative solutions that connect science with life. In Pakistan there are several engineering universities in various parts of the country providing high standard and up to date education to the students. PEC – Pakistan Engineering Council regulates the educational courses of these universities and is constantly striving to promote and improve the quality of education in the area of engineering and technology.

Some of these institutions are recognized throughout the world and they also attract foreign students. Given below is the list of the top engineering universities of Pakistan. Please note that it is not in any kind of order.

1. PIEAS-Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (Islamabad)
2. NUST-National University of Science & Technology (Islamabad)
3. GIKI-Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Sciences (Topi)
4. NED-Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw,University of Engineering & Technology (Karachi)
5. UET-University of Engineering & Technology (Lahore)
6. SZABIST-Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (Karachi)
7. Quaid-e-Awan University of Engineering Science & Technology(Nawabshah)
8. Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology
9. Center for Advance Studies in Engineering & technology (Islamabad & Quetta)
10. National University of Science (Islamabad)
11. University of Engineering & Technology (Peshawar)
12. National University of Science & Technology (Rawalpindi)
13. Mehran University Engineering & Technology(Jamshoro)
14. University of Engineering & Technology (Taxila)
15. National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (Islamabad)
16. COMSATS Institute of Engineering & technology (Islamabad,Abbottabad)
17. NWFP University of Engineering & Technology (Peshawar)
18. Balochistan University of Engineering & Technology(Khuzdar)
19. Kohat University of Engineering & Technology (Kohat)
20. Pakistan Navy Engineering College (Karachi)

Top 20 Computer Colleges of Pakistan

Popular university of Pakistan: NUST

Computer is no doubt the greatest and the most revolutionary invention of all times, changing the face of society all over the world. Today, it is nearly impossible to compete in any field of work without computer know-how. It is the era of globalization where the whole world is in direct contact with every one around the world through computers. It is the time of information and technology and computer education is the key to advancement in the economic development of every country.

Pakistan is one of the top countries producing excellent software consultants and engineers. There are quite a number of computer colleges throughout the country in both public and private sector. Some of them are among the finest universities of the world in computer education.

Given below is the list of top 20 computer Colleges of Pakistan. This list is not in the ranking order.

1. GIKI-Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Sciences (Topi, Islamabad)
2. NUST-National University of Science & Technology (Islamabad)
3. Air University (Islamabad)
4. UET-Department of Computer Sciences (Lahore)
5. FAST-Institute of Computer Sciences
6. COMSATS-Institute of Information technology (Islamabad)
7. National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (Islamabad)
8. LUMS-Lahore University of Management & Sciences
9. Fauji Foundation Institute of Management & Computer Sciences(Islamabad)
10. IBM-College of Computer science & Information system (Karachi)
11. Aptech Computer Education (Lahore)
12. Sarhad University of Science & Information technology (Peshawar)
13. Pearl Institute of Management & Information technology (Quetta)
14. University of Central Punjab-PICS (Lahore)
15. Computer Training Centre Institute (Islamabad)
16. Beaconhouse Informatics (Lahore,Karachi)
17. Royal Institute of Computer (Karachi)
18. Union College of Computer (Karachi)
19. Bahria Institute of Management & Computer Sciences (Karachi)
20. College of Computer Sciences (Gujranwala)

Top 20 General Colleges of Pakistan

Popular women college of Lahore: Kinnaird

The importance of higher education cannot be denied by anyone. The Government of Pakistan established the Higher Education Commission in 2002 to evaluate, improve and promote higher education in the country. The traditional bachelor’s degree of 2-yr program has been replaced by the Honor’s Bachelor’s degree awarded after 3 yrs of full time study in arts, humanities, sciences, business and commerce.

In Pakistan, there are about 1882 colleges, out of which 1025 in the public and 857 in the private sector. These institutions are providing under graduate and post graduate courses and some also offer professional courses like MS and MBA.

Though the list of colleges available in the country is quite large but here are the top 20 general colleges of Pakistan with no particular order:

1. Government College (Lahore)
2. Kinnaird College for women(Lahore)
3. Forman Christian College (Lahore)
4. Saint Joseph College (Karachi)
5. Lahore College for women (Lahore)
6. Home Economics Colleges for women
7. PECHS College (Karachi)
8. DHA College (Karachi)
9. Punjab Group of Colleges-University of Central Punjab
10. Aitchison College(Lahore)
11. Adamjee Science College for Boys(Karachi)
12. Islamabad Model College
13. OPF Boys College (Islamabad)
14. Dehli Science College for Boys (Karachi)
15. DJ Science College (Karachi)
16. FG College (Islamabad)
17. Islamabad College of Boys
18. Islamabad College of Arts & Sciences
19. Governement College (Quetta)
20. Peshawar Model Degree College

Top 20 Business schools in Pakistan

Institute of Business Administration in Karachi

Business education plays a vital role in building a successful career in today’s highly challenging and competitive business world. In Pakistan, its importance was realized the past decade and several business schools were established throughout the country in both private and public sector.

Today there are about 87 HEC recognized business schools, out of which 59 belong to the private and 28 to the public sector. These schools provide Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) i.e. 3 or 4 yr program and Master of Business Administration (MBA) i.e. 1 or 2 yrs program.

The top Business schools in Pakistan are listed below. These school are listed in no particular ranking order:

1. LUMS-Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lahore)
2. IBA-Institute of Business Administration (Karachi)
3. Iqra University, (Karachi)
4. LSE-Lahore School of Economics
. NUST-National University (Business School Islamabad)
6. UMT-University of Management & Technology (Lahore)
7. SZABIST-Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & technology (Karachi)
8. IBM-Institute of Business Management (Karachi)
9. Institute of Management Sciences (Lahore)
10. PIM-Pakistan Institute of Management (Karachi)
11. FAST- NU Lahore Business school
12. University of Karachi –School of Business
13. University of Punjab-Institute of Business Administration
14. FCC-Forman Christian college-School of Management
15. University of Central Punjab-PCBA
16. CBM-College of Business Management (Karachi)
17. Iqra University (Islamabad)
18. Institute of Management sciences(Peshawar)
19. UCL-University college Lahore
20. Bahauddin Zakariya University (Multan)

Top 25 schools in Pakistan

Aitchison_College_Lahore

It is well said that ‘Education is the third eye of a man’. And school is the first step towards the world of education for a child after home. No country can make significant economic progress if majority of its citizens cannot get primary education. The Government of Pakistan aims to provide free of cost elementary education to all children. It has established hundreds of schools, which have been imparting education throughout the country. But the percentage of children going to private schools has increased rapidly, not only in urban but also in rural areas. The main reason being the quality of education and environment of private schools are much better than the public schools.

The list of top 25 private schools in Pakistan is given below in no particular order:

1. Aitchison college (Lahore)
2.Convent schools
3. Karachi grammar
4. The Mama Parsi International school (Karachi)
5. Lahore Grammar (Lahore & Islamabad)
6. Sadiq Public School (Bahawalpur)
7. Habib Public School (Karachi)
8. Beaconhouse school system
9. The City school
10. Burnhall school (Abottabad)
11. Hassan Abdal
12. Foundation Public school (Karachi)
13. International school of choueifat (Lahore)
14. Chand bagh school (Muridke)
15. Abottabad Public school
16. St.Michael’s school(Karachi)
17. Crescent Model school (Lahore)
18. CAS (Karachi)
19. Karachi International school
20. Islamabad International school
21. Lahore American school
22. Pak-Turk International school
23. Scarsdale school (Lahore)
24. PECHS (Karachi)
25. Escena Foundation (Lahore)

Top 20 Medical Colleges in Pakistan

The importance of health cannot be denied in any country. In Pakistan this profession is highly respected. Five year training program is required to qualify for a medical doctor degree (MBBS) and four year training for a BDS degree.

In Pakistan there are around 32 medical colleges in public and 36 in the private sector. The government has set up colleges in different parts of the country to cater to the increasing demand of medical doctors. Basically, the good medical colleges are in three main cities: Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi. There are some more in other cities as well providing quality education to our future doctors.

Here is a list of top medical colleges of Pakistan:

1. King Edward Medical college (Lahore)
2. Agha Khan Medical college (Karachi)
3. Allama Iqbal Medical college (Lahore)
4. DOW Medical college (Karachi)
5. Fatima Jinnah Medical college (Lahore)
6. Sind Medical college (Karachi)
7. Chanka Medical college (Quetta)
8. Nishtar Medical college (Multan)
9. Rawalpindi Medical college (Rawalpindi)
10. Quaid-e-Azam Medical college (Bahawalpur)
11. Punjab Medical college (Faisalabad)
12. Kabir Medical college (Peshawar)
13. Baqai Medical college (Karachi)
14. D’Mont Dental college (Lahore)
15. Karachi Medical & Dental college (Karachi)
16. Abottabad International Medical college (Abottabad)
17. Zia uddin Medical college (Karachi)
18. Khyber Medical college (Peshawar)
19. Lahore Medical & Dental college (Lahore)
20. PIMS-Quaid-e-Azam Post Medical college (Islamabad)

Why we love Pakistan? Because it’s a land of Peace, Harmony and Beauty

by on August 13, 2010
in Independence Day of Pakistan

Karachi-Empress-Market

The love for Pakistan is a phenomenon which tends to dwell and increase with every passing day. Such beautiful expression was shared by Sumbul Khan who is S.S.T. (IT) and has worked as Asst. Manager Planning and Web Development at ContentCreatorZ, Pakistan.

“Ever since I started thinking and recognizing things around me of my own, I know Pakistan. I am not an icon; not a celebrity or a politician. I am a minor entity but my love for Pakistan is incalculable. I found myself wordless if anyone asks me to express my love for my own Jan Jan Pakistan! It’s not only my homeland but everything of mine starts and ends on it!”

“The Land of Beauty as truly Pakistan is called, I fell in love with it when I celebrated my first ever Independence Day at the age of 4. I can’t explain the colors, celebrations and happiness I saw on the faces of the people. It was something that can never be explained in words. It was a festival like EID and then I remember asking my father about what Pakistan is? And He told me that “it’s the land of peace and harmony. It’s our home and its entire people are our friends. And whatever you say or do ever in your life, always remember that you are the daughter of Pakistan same as you are mine. You’ll be in-debt with your home Pakistan for it has given you so much that you are not able to return even if you live a hundred years!!””

“As the years went by, the love of Pakistan grew with me. And my love went crazy about Pakistan when I visited its places. You name it and I’ll tell you about it. From where should I start explaining my marvel Homeland? From my home town Multan, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi to Murree, Nathia Gali and the Northern areas including Swat, Kalam, Malam Jabba, Kaghan, Naran, etc. And then comes Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukhur in Sindh, Quetta, Ziarat in Baluchistan. I am just speechless about what to describe and what to leave! Why I love Pakistan? I love Pakistan because it’s the land of peace and beauty. It has given me shelter; I got education from its best institutes and now serving my country in my capacity both in government and private sectors.”

“I see a bright future ahead for Pakistan. We built Pakistan in the name of Allah, our Beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and Islam that is the reason that the protection, help and blessings of Allah Almighty remains with us.”

“Pakistan was made to live forever and it will live inshallah! May Allah bless my home, Amen!!”

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