Thursday, October 1, 2009

#214. Found out how tourist friendly Islamabad, Pakistan is.


I'm always curious about the road less traveled. This can be taken quite literally as I wonder about vacation spots that few people seem to gravitate towards. Wikitravel has been a really fun website for me to peruse in moments of boredom. Granted, I know that its not 100 percent dependable, but its fun just the same.It has taught me quite a bit about tourism in the world. For example, did you know that Mogadishu, Somalia is the most dangerous and lawless place on the planet right now? (Detroit may be second, I'm kidding, of course). This post came from my curiosity about Pakistan and its capital city, Islamabad.

Apparently, Islamabad has undergone quite a westernization. It was once simply a government city where government employees lived and worked. Now, it seems to be developing a little bit of a night life as well as a tourism business. It is still a conservative Muslim nation, which means that you should lay off the alcohol, but that doesn't mean that it can't be somewhat fun. It seems that the more upscale visitor of Islamabad should stay at the Marriott. It's a little pricey, but if you're traveling to Islamabad you probably are splurging anyway. I'd also recommend traveling up to the Pir Sohawa, which is described as a bird's eye view of the entire city. Keep in mind that the summer's there can be extremely hot and dusty.

I'll probably never visit Islamabad, but if I wanted to, its nice to know that I can. For more information check out:

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