Rawalpindi was also one of the stops in Pakistan that I planned and visited. It was not difficult to come here from Islamabad since it is also called a sister city to the same. The colonial influence is strong here and it has strategic importance, being located between Azad Kashmir and Punjab.
It is locally also known as “Pindi” and I traveled to this city from Islamabad international airport. If you are traveling here you can avail other means of transport since it is well connected by train, roadways and bus routes.
Places to See
I was able to enjoy much of the city by local transport as well as by walking around. For instance, the Raja Bazaar area is walkable and is best enjoyed that way. It was a good idea for me to take a locally guided tour and I would recommend the same for others as well.
- Rohtas Fort
This is a fort that is close by and offers a glimpse into its history.
- Liaqat Bagh
The gardens here bear history of several political assassinations of former prime ministers of the nation.
- Nawaz Sharif Park
The park was opened in 1991 and has a play area for children as well as a flower bed, fountains and lawns. I also got to see the cricket stadium that was built here in 1992.
- Jinnah Park
This particular park is a popular tourist and local attraction; there are modern amenities here such as COSMO, Cinepax, Pappasalis, McDonald’s and others.
- Enjoying Local Flavors
Besides the above landmark sites, you can come by the traditional bazaar areas of Rawalpindi and purchase jewelry and clothes of this region; I also enjoyed traditional snacks here such as chana chaat, dahi bhally, gol gappay, checking out the old architecture that adorns the temples and other buildings here.