When flying into Islamabad or its twin city Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, the airport that serves the destination is Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Located outside of the country’s capital, Islamabad, and within Chaklala, Rawalpindi, this public/military airport works as hub for Pakistan International Airlines and Shaheen Air International. Although the airport is located outside of Islamabad, it still serves as the main airport of the capital, and has had approximately 8.4 million enplanements in 2014. Benazir Bhutto International Airport has one asphalt-surfaced runway that measures approximately 3,300 metres or 10,800 feet long. The airport resides at an elevation of 508 metres or 1,688 feet above mean sea level.
What to see & do
Drop by Islamabad and visit some of its notable destinations such as the Faisal Mosque, Rawal lake, Lok Virsa Museum, Pir Sohawa, Islamabad Zoo, and Pakistan Museum of Natural History, to name a few. Highlighting Lok Virsa Museum, it shows a collection that is made up of items that shows the cultural heritage of the Pakistani people. Also known as the Folk Heritage Museum, run by the National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage, the museum can be found close to Shakarparian Hills and features embroidered costumes, jewellery, metal and woodwork, block printing, ivory and bone work, among others. Islamabad Zoo, on the other hand, or the former Marghazar Zoo, can be found on an 82-acre, 33-hectare area within Islamabad Capital Territory. Opened in the late 1970s, the zoo is home to approximately 600 animals with the ostrich, black swan, leopard, vervet monkey, in addition to many more.
How to get around within Islamabad
Getting around Islamabad in Pakistan can be done via the monorail, taxi, bus, as well as by car. When going by car, some of the roads that serve Islamabad include a comprehensive network of motorways that connect with various parts of the city and its surrounding areas. Roads within the area include M-2 Motorway, M-1 Motorway, Faizabad Interchange, and Islamabad expressway, to name a few. The main roads within Islamabad have a fair amount of signs and directions not available on the smaller roads, although the city has a grid and numbering system that makes for an easier drive around the area. The taxi service within the entirety of Islamabad is thriving and safe; the price depends on the area although it is possible to bargain for a lower fare. Note that it is recommended to always settle on a fare before departing.
How to get there
Benazir Bhutto International Airport has scheduled and charter flights to and from various stops such as Ras al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Karachi, Jeddah, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Beijing, Riyadh, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Doha, Bangkok, Baku, and Istanbul, in addition to many more. When flying into Islamabad, the airlines that fly into and out of the airport include Air Arabia, Airblue, Air Indus, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Flynas, Gulf Air, Icon Air, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Princely Jets, Qatar Airways, Rayyan Air operated by Pakistan International Airlines, Safi Airways, Saudia, Shaheen Air, Thai Airways International, and Turkish Airlines.
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