If Islamabad reflects the face of modern Pakistan, Rawalpindi is the traditional city steeped in culture and history. A tour to Rawalpindi is your date with medieval Pakistan. The history of Rawalpindi takes us back to the 18th century, when the city came under the Sikh rule. By the 1849 AD, the city was under the British, whose imprints on Rawalpindi are still visible. British turned Rawalpindi into a cantonment and today Rawalpindi has a sizeable military presence of the Pakistan Army.

Not too far from Islamabad, Rawalpindi makes a wonderful tourist destination. Rawalpindi is known for its colonial-style buildings, rich cultural heritage and colorful bustling bazaars. Though modernity has not made much inroad to this ancient city, there are a number of hotels in Rawalpindi that provide an ideal base to explore the city.

Walking through the bustling bazaars of Rawalpindi is an exciting experience. You may come across a number of items that you would like to shop. Rummaging through a maze of shops and wares they sell is an ultimate high for a shopping enthusiast. You can meander through the streets of the Raja Bazaar, which is the old bazaar in Rawalpindi. Sadar Bazar, the new market is a different experience altogether. If you have some idea about gold and silver jewellery, Sarafa Bazaar is worth checking out.

The Liaquat Bagh is another interesting tourist destination in Rawalpindi. Quite popular among tourists, the Liaquat Bagh or Liaquat Garden is a fine picnic spot. The Bara Market nearby is the favourite haunt of tourists travelling to Rawalpindi.

If it is scenic views that you are looking forward to on your Rawalpindi tour, head to Shakar Parian Hill. The other tourist places that present scenic views are Murree and Nathiagali. These places are also a serve as the excellent summer-escapes from the heat and dust of Rawalpindi, when the mercury heads northwards during summer.

The other places of tourist attraction in Rawalpindi are Lal Haveli, which is located near the Purana Quilla. A leisurely stroll down the Thandi Sarak or the Mall as it is known is a wonderful experience.

If archaeology is your cup of tea, you can travel to archaeological sites of Gir and Jaulian. Taxila, some 56 kilometres from Islamabad is another historical site associated with the Buddhism.


Sikh Pilgrimage in Pakistan