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Cheap Flights to Islamabad

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As you might expect with it being the capital of Pakistan, there are a number of airlines offering direct flights to Islamabad. Although the cheapest flights to Islamabad will usually be indirect, if time is of the essence you can fly direct from Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds Bradford airports.

However, if you are looking for a cheap ticket to Islamabad, then you might want to consider using one of the many quality airlines serving the city via intermediate points in the Middle East and Europe. Airlines offering cheap flights to Islamabad include Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, Oman Air, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines.

Tickets to Islamabad vary in price depending on several factors including the time of year, the class you wish to travel in and whether you wish to travel directly or are prepared to (or wish to) make a stop at an intermediate point. In general, if you are flexible with your dates (even a day or so either side can make a big difference), if you do not require a changeable ticket and are willing to book in advance then you will get the cheapest flights to Islamabad. If you are looking for premium cabin tickets to Islamabad, prices will naturally be higher but you will benefit from the advantage of having more flexibility with your ticket.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and thus serves as one of the main hubs for onward flights to the rest of the country as well as to national and international rail services.

Islamabad was founded as the new capital of Pakistan in the 1960's (the former capital was Karachi) and is the fastest growing city in the country witj a population of around 2 million. However, although the city is a modern one, it also has plenty of historic sites worth visiting including the Pharwala Fort which dates from the fifteenth century as well as many archaeological sites which show evidence of human habitation dating back an astonishing 500,000 years and a Buddhist city pre-dating modern day Islamabad.

Islamabad is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Pakistan given its importance as the national capital. It attracts people from all over the country and indeed the wider region due to the growing number of businesses in the city and the burgeoning job opportunities.

As the centre of Pakistani life, politics and culture, Islamabad has plenty to offer visitors. The Faisal Masjid Mosque is the largest in Pakistan (and was at one point the largest in the world) and is well worth a visit in its own right. It has a spectacular location with the Margalla Hills rising majestically behind it.

If you have the luxury of choosing when to visit Islamabad, when planning your trip you might want to take into consideration the quite varied weather that you could encounter.

The city is in a humid subtropical zone although unusually Islamabad has five seasons which are spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter. January is generally the coldest month with low temperatures regularly reaching freezing point. Conversely, the summer can be very hot with highs in June approaching 40C not uncommon. Spring and autumn fall somewhere between these two extremes and are generally the most pleasant times to visit for those not used to such peaks and troughs of temperature

The one season that it is unique is the monsoon season which falls in July and August. At this time rainfall is extremely heavy (10-12 inches per month) and this can have a major impact on getting around the city not to mention having a detrimental effect on your enjoyment if you are out and about sightseeing. Of course if you are prepared for the rainfall (29.5 inches was recorded in July 1995!), it can be a fascinating experience in its own right.

Islamabad is a new city and as such does not have the depth of historical sites and attractions that many of the older cities in Pakistan might have. That said, however, as the capital city and by far the fastest growing city in Pakistan, it is at the centre of everything that happens in the country.

To help you to make the most of your visit, we have put together a few suggestions as to what to see and do in Islamabad.

The Faisal Masjid Mosque is a must see. As the largest mosque in Pakistan and fourth largest globally, it is an awe-inspiring sight.

The Margalla Hills surround the city on two sides and are a great place for walking and taking in views of the city.

The Pakistan Monument was built to represent the nation's three provinces. There is a museum here that explains the full history and concept and it is a great location for photo opportunities.

The Lok Virsa Museum is the primary heritage museum for Pakistani culture and tradition. It provides a fascinating insight into Pakistani life and the ethnography of the Pakistani people.

If you are looking to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Rose and Jasmine Garden provides a welcome retreat.