Most visits to Islamabad are trouble-free. But it is always good to be little careful.
Islamabad has 5 distinct seasons: winter (November to February), spring (March and April), summer (May and June), monsoon (July and August) and autumn (September and October). Between April and August, day time temperatures rarely fall below 29°C, and in June they can easily exceed 38°C on a regular basis. This level of heat can be stifling to some visitors which is why they avoid Islamabad during the height of the summer.
Best Time to Visit Islamabad: Most visitors to Islamabad would choose to visit between November to April, when temperatures are slightly cold and not so warm.
What to Buy from Islamabad
Pakistan is a treasure house of exquisite handicrafts, made by a people who grew up to weave, to pot, to work metals, wood and stone, to decorate, to build things small and great. In Islamabad, you can find all the traditional crafts and things like Kashmiri shawl, blue pottery from Multan, brass and wood crafts, Sindhi and Balochi embroidery, special terracotta ceramics, Peshawari carpets, Gujrati pottery, leather goods, jewelry and other crafts from different parts of Pakistan.
- Most foreigners visiting Pakistan prefer to visit Chitral & Kalasha valleys, Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu, but due to security situation, they must obtain special permit called ‘no objection certificate’ from Government of Pakistan before visiting these areas.
- The line of control between Azad Kashmir and the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir is off-limits for foreign tourists, though domestic tourists can visit Azad Kashmir without any restriction
- Be aware of the risk of street crime and take sensible measures to protect yourself and your belongings especially in Rawalpindi’s interior areas.
- Summers in Islamabad can be extremely hot, so be careful and stay hydrated.