8-9 April 2013
|Looks like Manila, right? With the campaign posters and concrete barriers along the road.|
The largest mosque in South Asia, the Faisal Mosque was the largest mosue int he world from 1986 until 1993, when it was overtaken in size by the newly completed Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.”
|With my colleagues and client|
From Wiki: “Daman-e-Koh is a viewing point and hill top garden north of Islamabad and located in the middle of the Margalla Hills. Its name is a conjunction of Urdu & Persian words: Daman, which means center and Koh, which means hill. Daman-e-Koh therefore meaning center of the hill.
It is about 2400ft from sea level and almost 500ft from the city of Islamabad. It is a popular destination for the residents as well as the visitors to the capital.
Daman-e-Koh is a midpoint for tourists on their way to the higher view point Pir Sohawawhich is located at the top of Margalla Hills at an elevation of about 3600ft. There is a plan to construct a chairlift from Daman-e-Koh to Pir Sohawa.
Monkeys are a common sight during winter. Cheetahs are frequently reported to descend from higher hills of Murree during snowfall.”
What I love in Islamabad is their wide open spaces. Most of the places we visited are family friendly with sprawling spaces for the kids to run around. A little warning though at the entrance of the park.
Look at that view. There were only a handful of high rise buildings in Islamabad.
There's our little friend. This little monkey almost had a go at me. I was talking with my colleagues near the railing when he suddenly jumped out of nowhere. Good thing I was able to run haha.
We also chaned upon this man playing an instrument much like the sitar. I can't remember what the musical instrument is called.
Then they brought us to their “market”. I think this is in F-7. As I've said the city has different sectors (like F6 or F7) and each sector has a residential area, a market, a school, etc.
Anyway, we tried finding some shops where we can find tops like the one I was wearing here but we didn’t find any (we shopped for that blouse from another day in another place hehe). But we did find this haven, or should I say heaven! I was in bookstore heaven - Saeed Book Bank. Much like the Fully Booked store at Bonifacio High Street but they sell their books at very cheap prices. Our client joked that the books sell cheap because no one reads there hehehe. I must have spent an hour going through their children's selection. They had to call me and tell me all the others where done. I bought a lot of children’s books and activity books for Miya there for only around P2,000. And I think I bought around 10 books – mostly hardbound books and if not hardbound those coloring books with sticker sheets. Miya was so happy when I showed them to her.
We were then brought to Saidpur Village for our dinner.
We ate at one of the restaurants in the village - The Polo Lounge. The restaurant was built around an old structure in the village.