Daman-e-Koh and Margalla
Lok Virsa Museum
The capital city of Pakistan is home to places that offer long walks, sunset views, historical deja vu, joy of shopping – in short, the city has it all. That being said, there are so many places to visit in Islamabad at night, where you might not need to spend a single penny.
Let’s take a look at our pick of the best late night hangouts in Islamabad.
Best Places to Visit in Islamabad at Night
According to the latest rankings published on the World Crime Index, Islamabad is one of the safest cities to visit in the world. Not to mention, the city is home to renowned politicians, diplomats, and lawmakers – so you can expect police patrolling 24/7 at every corner.
It also means that you can stay rest assured about the safety at night.
Here’s our pick of the best places to visit in Islamabad at night:
- Faisal Masjid
- Daman-e-Koh & Margalla Hills
- Saidpur Village
- Pakistan Monument
- Lok Virsa Museum
- Jinnah Market
Address: Shah Faisal Avenue, E-8.
Timings: 24 hours
Situated at the foothills of Margalla and one of the biggest Asian mosques, Faisal Masjid is a true representation of modern Islamic architecture. Besides its brilliant design and structure, the mosque serves as a symbol of friendship between Saudia Arabia and Pakistan.
So, why is it among the best places to visit at night in Islamabad? Well, the actual beauty of its architecture can be witnessed when the lights are turned on at night – the monument shines like a crown jewel during nighttime.
Quick Facts about Faisal Mosque:
- A Turkish Architect constructed the whole structure giving it a touch of traditional and modern architecture, with complicated carved structures, marble mosaics, and beautiful patterns.
- The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 100,000 people. Not to mention, it is a gift from the Saudi King Shah Faisal, and is deemed as the ‘National Mosque of Pakistan’.
Daman-e-Koh and Margalla
Address: Daman-e-Koh Road, E-7
Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tickets: PKR 20 per person
Daman-e-Koh means ‘foothills’ in Persia, while Daman-e-Koh in Islamabad is located in the foothills of the Margalla Hills. A tourist hotspot, the place is best for people who don’t mind adventurous or long walks at night.
Whether you’re an explorer, artist, or just about anyone looking for something off the usual – Margalla Hills offers exceptional thrill at night. Considering the aura and lighting at night, the place isn’t anything less than magical. Not to mention, the place also offers a bird-view of the Faisal Masjid from a distance.
Considering that Margalla is home to the city’s best eateries – Monal Restaurant and La Montana Restaurant – you can grab a bite on your way home.
Quick Facts about Margalla Hills:
- Although a part of the city, it is almost a half hour drive from the main city.
- The hills are home to the region’s most exotic wildlife.
Address: F-6 Markaz
Considered as a part of Mughal residence back in the 16th century, Saidpur Village is a popular tourist spot and definitely one of the best places to visit at night in Islamabad.
Providing music, refinement, amusement, the place is also home to amazing eateries offering lip-smacking food.
There are vintage houses, an art gallery, and a few cafes- all lined up on the same road. Restaurants like Des Pardes and Des Pakhtoon are popular names.
Quick Facts about Saidpur Village:
- Saidpur is a 10-minutes drive from F-6 Markaz.
- It is home to Sufi shrine, Hindu temple, and Gurdwara – symbolising religious tolerance and harmony.
Address: Shakarparian Hill
Timings: 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM, except for Mondays.
Ticket: PKR 20
Located near Shakarparian Hills, the petal-shaped Pakistan Monument and Museum is among the best places to hangout at night in Islamabad. The arches above the ground and facing each other. It symbolizes patriotism in the city.
The monument is divided into two sections including the main monument and a museum. Meanwhile the structure of the monument represents unity between different regions of Pakistan.
Quick Facts about Pakistan Monument:
- The alluring structure of the monument comprises four big petals signifying four provinces of Pakistan: Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, and KPK.
- Three smaller petals, on the other hand, represent other regions of the country including Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas).
- The monument is made of marble and exhibits wax statues – referring to the independence and creation of Pakistan.
Lok Virsa Museum
Address: Near Pakistani Monuments, Shakarparian Hills.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM except for Mondays.
Tickets: PKR 20 for locals and foreigners PKR 250
Only 5 minutes away from the Pakistani monument, there’s another museum, depicting the rare art and culture of the country. Outside the museum, there’s a small garden with galleries where you can enjoy the fresh air, long walk, or maybe a stroll.
Quick Facts about Lok Virsa Museum:
- Artifacts in the museum are well-preserved.
- The museum is funded by the Government of Pakistan.
- It is home to the best pottery, art, musical instruments, religious figurines, and relics.
Address: College Road F-7 Markaz
Timing: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jinnah Market used to be among the best places to visit in Islamabad at night before malls such as Centaurus took over the tourism sector. There are cafes and restaurants in the market with affordable prices.
Quick Facts about Jinnah Market:
- It is a circular shaped market. You can find lavish boutiques, bookstores, gift shops, and different shops in the vicinity.
- There’s a dining area in the middle, along with some music stores.
- You can walk 5-minutes to Gol Market and try their finest juices and grilled chicken, It will make your night memorable.
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