Top Places in Rawalpindi You Should Visit

Top Places in Rawalpindi You Should Visit - Pakistan Tour and Travel

Rawalpindi: The Ancient City 

Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi, is the capital city of Rawalpindi District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is the fourth largest city in Pakistan, and Islamabad-Rawalpindi, the largest metropolitan area, is also the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. The city of Rawalpindi is adjacent to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Due to the close social and economic relations between the two cities, the two cities are known as the “Twin Cities.”

Rawalpindi is located on the Potohar plateau and is famous for its ancient Buddhist heritage, especially the neighboring UNESCO World Heritage city of Taxila. The city was destroyed during Mahmud of Ghazni’s conquest and subsequently captured by the Gakhars in 1493. The Gakhar rulers were defeated in 1765, and the city fell under Sikh rule. Eventually, it became an important city within the Sikh Empire, with its capital at Lahore. 

The city was captured by British India in 1849 and became the largest garrison city for the British Indian Army in 1851. After the partition of British India in 1947, the city became the headquarters of the Pakistan Army, thus retaining its status as a major military city.

The construction of Pakistan’s new capital, Islamabad, in 1961 led to increased investment in the city. It briefly served as the country’s capital before its completion. Modern Rawalpindi is closely connected socially and economically to Islamabad and the urban areas. 

The city also has several suburban housing projects that provide bedroom communities for Islamabad workers. Home to the Pakistan Army Headquarters and Benazir Bhutto International Airport and connected to the M-1 and M-2 highways, Rawalpindi is a major logistics and transportation hub in northern Pakistan. The city is also home to historic temples and Havelis and serves as a tourist hub for visits to Rohtas Fort, Azad Kashmir, Taxila, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Seven Tehsil of Rawalpindi District 

Rawalpindi city: 

It is a city in the northern region of Punjab Province, Pakistan, and the fourth largest city in Pakistan. The area covers 5,286 square kilometres (2,041 square miles). It was part of the Rawalpindi Division until the division was abolished in 2000. It is located on the southern slope of the northwest section of the Himalayas. It has vast mountains, fertile river valleys, and crisscrossed mountains and rivers.

The major rivers are the Indus and Jhelum, and their climatic characteristics are beneficial to health. Rawalpindi is the administrative headquarters of Rawalpindi district. The city area includes seven autonomous districts. Rawalpindi is the military headquarters of the Pakistan Armed Forces.

Reviving the Glory of Rawalpindi (Ancient City)

Pindi City. 

The full name of Rawalpindi Municipal Government is Rawalpindi City Administration. Rawal is the main city of Rawalpindi. The major shopping malls and bazaars are Raja Bazar, Kashmiri Bazar, Sarafa Bazar, Kohati Bazar, Mochi Bazar, Rehmanabad, Satellite Town, Commercial Market, and Tench Bhatta.

Gujjar Khan. 

Gujjar Khan is located in the heart of the Potohar district and is also known as the land of martyrs. The region has nurtured talents from all walks of life. Two of the beneficiaries of Nishan Haider are from Gujjar Khan. The region is also known for producing many top military experts.


A short drive away lies Taxila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a rich history dating back to the 6th century BC. Explore the ruins of ancient Buddhist monasteries and universities and step back in time amidst the remnants of a glorious civilization.

Taxila is famous for its UET Taxila and the Taxila Historical Museum. If you plan to visit Taxila, the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Buddhist ruins, keep an eye out for the remnants of ancient forts. Due to its strategic location along trade routes, Taxila was fortified throughout history. While not grand, stand-alone forts, these remnants offer a glimpse into the city’s defensive structures. 


 Murree is located in the northern part of Rawalpindi district, at the junction of Punjab and the Northwest Frontier Province. Murree is one of the hill stations established during the British Raj.

Kotli Sattian. 

Kotli Satian Tehsil has the highest mountain range in Rawalpindi region after Murree.


Kahuta is a beautiful place with many mountains, stunning views, snow-capped mountains, forests, flowing rivers, a cool climate with hot summers, more rain, cool and cold winters, different types of wildlife, and different tribespeople from the public. Live off the land and raise livestock. According to the 1998 Pakistan Census, the population of Kahuta was 153,000. Satis is a celebrity in the area.

Kallar Khar.

 Kallar Sidan became the seventh tehsil of Rawalpindi in 2007. This is a very promising area, inhabited by people of various tribes. During the construction of Mangla Dam, many residents of the area around Mangla Dam migrated to Kalar Sedan, making Kalar a hotspot for new technology development.

Top Places in Rawalpindi You Should Visit

Have you ever been to Rawalpindi? It’s Pakistan’s bustling twin city to Islamabad, and trust me, it’s got a whole lot to offer. Sure, Islamabad might have fancy government buildings, but Rawalpindi pulsates with a unique energy that’s waiting to be explored.

So, ditch the guidebooks for a second, and let’s delve into the heart of Rawalpindi. We’re talking about hidden gems, must-see wonders, and experiences that leave you wanting more. Buckle up because here are our top 10 places in Rawalpindi you must visit on your next adventure:

Ayub National Park

Craving a break from the urban jungle? Look no further than Ayub National Park. This sprawling oasis boasts lush greenery, a sparkling lake (perfect for a paddleboat ride!), and walking trails that weave through a haven of tranquillity. Pack a picnic basket, unwind under the shade of a tree, and let the gentle breeze and birdsong soothe your soul.

Raja Bazaar

Raja Bazaar is an experience in itself. This labyrinthine maze of shops and stalls is a sensory overload in the best way possible. From colourful fabrics and handcrafted trinkets to fragrant spices and overflowing fruit stands, it’s a treasure trove for the curious shopper. Don’t be afraid to haggle; it’s all part of the fun! Just remember, a friendly smile goes a long way.

Rawalpindi Golf Course

Calling all golfing enthusiasts! The Rawalpindi Golf Course is a haven for both seasoned players and beginners. This picturesque 18-hole course, established in 1898, boasts stunning views of the Margalla Hills and a rich history. Even if you’re not a pro, the immaculate greens and serene atmosphere make it a worthwhile experience.

Army Museum

History buffs, this one’s for you. The Army Museum is a treasure trove of Pakistan’s military history. From ancient weaponry to captivating displays of modern warfare, it’s a fascinating journey through the country’s defense legacy. Don’t miss the outdoor exhibits showcasing tanks, fighter jets, and other military marvels – perfect for that Instagram-worthy snap!

Liaquat Bagh

Liaquat National Bagh, a green haven in the heart of Rawalpindi, boasts a rich history that goes beyond its beautiful gardens, walking trails and a captivating Mughal-era fountain create a picturesque setting. Originally known as Company Bagh during British rule, it was renamed after the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in 1951.

The park has served as a stage for both political rallies and moments of national grief. Sadly, it witnessed another assassination in 2007, when Benazir Bhutto was targeted while leaving an election gathering. But Liaquat National Bagh isn’t just about sombre events. In its earlier days, the park was a popular spot for wrestling matches, showcasing a more playful side to its history.

This complex past adds another layer to Liaquat National Bagh’s charm. It’s a place of peaceful respite, yet a silent witness to significant moments in Pakistan’s history. So, take a stroll through its serene gardens, but remember the stories the park silently holds.

Saddar Bazaar

If you are a shopaholic, this place is a paradise for you. From branded outlets to flea markets, you can find everything here. Additionally, Saddar Bazaar is a haven for foodies on a budget. Forget fancy restaurants; the real magic happens on the bustling streets here. From sizzling kebabs and piping hot samosas to melt-in-your-mouth desserts, the aroma of street food is enough to make your stomach grumble. Don’t be intimidated by the crowds – just follow your nose and dive into the culinary adventure!

Nawaz Sharif Park

Planning a fun day out with the family? Look no further than Nawaz Sharif Park, located on the corner of Murree Road. It is one of the most popular parks in Pakistan and is named after the Prime Minister. There is also a long runway to run on, plus a small children’s play area with slides and small swings. Small animals such as rabbits and ducks are also present. This is a great place for families. Beautiful plant lights have been installed at the main entrance. 

This sprawling amusement park offers a variety of rides, from thrilling rollercoasters to gentle carousels, guaranteeing giggles for all ages. There’s also a boating lake, a mini zoo, and plenty of green space for a picnic—a perfect recipe for a memorable family outing.

Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metrobus

A trip to Rawalpindi would only be complete with experiencing the city’s modern marvels. The Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metrobus is a state-of-the-art rapid transit system that offers a clean, efficient, and affordable way to navigate the city. Enjoy the views as you whiz past bustling streets and historical landmarks.

The Pakistan Monument

Towering over Shakarparian Hills, the Pakistan Monument is a majestic landmark that embodies the country’s spirit. Its four petal-shaped structures represent the unity of the Pakistani people. Take a walk around the monument grounds, soak in the panoramic views of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and feel a surge of national pride as you admire this architectural marvel. 

Rawat Fort:

 This early 15th-century fort, located about 17 kilometres east of Rawalpindi on the Grand Trunk Road, is a must-visit for history buffs. The fort, also known as Qila Rawat, was originally built by the Gakkhar tribe and has undergone several renovations and restorations. While parts of the fort are in ruins, the remaining structures, including the mosque and the garrison quarters, offer a glimpse into its past grandeur. The fort’s strategic location on the ancient trade route made it a significant military outpost.

Climbing to the fort’s rooftop rewards you with breathtaking views of the surrounding Pothohar plateau, including the 2nd-century Mankiala stupa. Rawat Fort is worth exploring if you’re looking for a historical adventure beyond the usual tourist spots.

Rohtas Fort (near Jehlum)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, roughly 80 kilometres from Rawalpindi, is a true gem. Built between 1541 and 1548 under the افغان بادشاہ (Afghan emperor) Sher Shah Suri, Rohtas Fort served as a major defence against Mughal emperor Humayun. The fort’s impregnable walls, with 12 massive gates and 68 bastions, speak volumes about the excellent military architecture of that era.

Construction of the fort took a mere eight years, a testament to the efficiency and skill involved. The massive scale is impressive: over 4 kilometres in circumference, with towering walls that reach up to 12 meters high.

These formidable walls are lined with 68 bastions, each strategically placed for optimal defence. Twelve monumental gateways, each elaborately decorated, provided controlled access points. The use of local red sandstone adds a distinctive beauty to the fort’s structure. It’s a captivating reminder of the power struggles and architectural prowess of the 16th century.

Kartarpura Food Street 

Head straight to Kartarpura Food Street! This historic lane is a foodie wonderland. It’s been serving up deliciousness since way before Pakistan was even a thing, and you can still feel the echoes of its past in the architecture.

At night, the street explodes with life. Think sizzling grills, fragrant spices that make your nose happy, and the cheerful chatter of people digging into their feasts. It’s a full-on sensory experience! They have everything from breakfast staples like parathas and halwa to hearty stews and street food favourites like samosas and chaat. Don’t forget to grab a refreshing glass of juice to wash it all down.

Speaking of must-tries, you gotta hit up the legendary Kala Khan Nihari for their melt-in-your-mouth stew. Bala Tikka House is famous for its perfectly grilled tikkas, and Kashmir Milk Shop’s Lassi is the perfect way to cool down after all that spice. Just remember, bring cash because most vendors are old-school and don’t do credit cards. So come hungry, be adventurous, and prepare for a delicious Rawalpindi adventure.


Saba Ghani
Saba Ghani

Since 2017, Saba Ghani has been serving as the talented and dedicated chief content writer for Pakistan Tour and Travel & EMHI Solutions. With her exceptional writing skills and in-depth knowledge of the travel industry, she has been instrumental in crafting engaging and informative content that captivates the audience. You can catch her at [email protected] or Twitter

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