Saidpur Old Village: An authentic 500 year old village located against the Margalla hills, the foothills of the Himalayas. The village is characterized by a Hindu temple, a domed Sikh gurdwara, or place of worship, converted into a government schools since the Partition of Pakistan from India in 1947.
Constitution Avenue: A drive upon constitution Avenue will show you parliament House, President House, Supreme Court Building, Pakistan Broadcasting House, Pakistan Television Headquarters, Agricultural Development Bank and some other building which are fine specimen of Modern Architecture.
Shah Faisal Mosque: This beautiful mosque designed by the renowned Turkish Architect, Vedat Dalokay and name after the late king of Saudi Arabia. It is spread over 189705 sq.meters with 88-meter high minarets and 40 meter high main prayer hall. The main prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 people while the covered porticoes and verandahs can take over 24,000 worshipers. The man courtyard has space for 40,000 people.
Shakarparian: A beautiful picnic spot 13km from Islamabad, giving you a bird’s eye view of Islamabad.
Lok Virsa: The Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) works towards preserving the living folk and traditional culture of Pakistan. The folk heritage museum located near Shakarparian hills has a large display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, black printing, ivory and bone work. The loke versa heritage reference library is equipped with resource data on ethnography, anthropology, folk museum, art history and crafts. Book on culture, heritage, audio and videocassettes of folk and classical vocal and instrumental music are available for sale at Lok Virsa’s Sale Centre.
Daman-e-Koh: A terraced garden at the Margalla Hills, offers a panoramic view of Islamabad.
Rawal Lake: Not far from Shakarparian is Rawal Dame, which is ideal for picnic and boating.
Pakistan Museum of National History: The museum of national history, located on Garden Avenue, depicts the early human history, geology and the wild life of Pakistan. The exhibits are of particular interest of students and children.
Islamabad Museum: Islamabad Museum presents a long historic sequence of the land where Pakistan is situated today. Pakistan has been a seat of the world’s leading civilizations from time immemorial. There is plenty of evidence to support this argument, now on display in Islamabad Museum.
The Old City & Bazaars: The bazaars of Rawalpindi, the Saddar Bazaar, The Raja Bazaar and Murree Road have a lot of offer. At Sarafa Bazaar one can pick up gold, silver, brass and copperware, while at Raja Bazaar one can buy virtually anything. For souvenirs and handicrafts, the Mall Road and Twin City Market on Murree Road are recommended.
Art on The Wheel: Pakistan is a culturally rich country because of its centuries-old history and influences of many civilizations. Art and culture of this country are unique and carries traditions from the past which are being admired all around the world.
One of the most known arts of Pakistan is called as the “Truck Art”.
Trucks are not only used for the objects delivery purposes but in South Asian Region Which include Afghanistan and Pakistan, trucks are being decorated with bright paints, mirrors, bells, chains, motifs of (birds, flowers, famous personalities, animals, fish), glittery sheets, stickers, battery-operated lights, small bells, jangling chains, beadwork and woodwork.
Truck art is a folk art which represents the dreams, inspirations, hobbies, the imagination of the Pakistanis and the painters. It also shows the close bond of the truck owner with his vehicle and how much he values it through decorating it.
The truck is decorated mainly with paintings on the various topics which are placed in a pattern of squares ranging in size from less than a square foot to more than six feet. The decoration pieces are often the glitziest part of a fully Pakistani truck. The decoration piece is an important part of the truck also the most eye-catching part of the vehicle.
When the truck is either driving on the highways or in the city for loading and unloading the things, the people get amazed to see the detailed artwork on the walls of the truck. Each truck is having a different theme and each part is filled with the Imagination of the artists.
Truck art is popular because of the hard work and artistry of the painters. The painters spend many hours in decorating the truck. Haji Habib Ur Rehman is the first known Truck Art painter of Pakistan. He started painting the truck in 1950’s and is still working in the same field until today.
Truck Art involves the representation of emotions, passion, love, and care for their trucks. The truck drivers have to travel for many days nonstop on the highways. It is difficult for a human being to stay alone and quiet for long days and the distance for their homes, family, and children makes them different from a person who is living a normal job live in the city or the village life of a villager.
While interviewing truck driver Faheem Khan (Neelam Valley) He talked about how truck drivers overcome their inner loneliness by creating a strong bond with their truck. It is like a home to them.
Truck Art has been used as a theme by many Fashion designers, Industrialist, Transport Companies, Clothing Function for the selling of their products.
Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ is now a Popular and unique “Art” of the world. It is being praised all over the world by different nationalities.
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