There are many things to do in Rawalpindi, which Colonial British established as a Military Garrison to support their troops in Kashmir and Galiyat.
Islamabad is a sister city to Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi was briefly the capital city of Pakistan, while Islamabad was being constructed in 1960.
The original name of Rawalpindi was Gajnipur.
Afghan invaders destroyed the old town in the 14th century.
Jhanda Khan Gakhar, the Chieftain of Gakhar people, renamed his settlement Jhanda Cheechi as Rawalpind.
Rawal tribe was part of Gakhar people and the oldest settlers of the Rawalpindi potohar region.
The name changed to Rawalpindi over time settled by the Rawal people,
Pindi is a Punjabi name for the village.
25 interesting things to do in Rawalpindi
This is my compilation of interesting things to do in Rawalpindi
Eat Dinner at the best Restaurants in Rawalpindi
Garrison Artillery mess restaurant, Saddar
Phone (051) 5586429 for top-quality barbecue Chicken Karahi, Seekh Kabab, Mutton Kabab, Chapli Kabab, and naan.
This is the only place where you will get some meat on your mutton karahi as well.
Phone Number (051) 5566577
Texas Steak house
Texas steak house gets a mention because of its awesome sizzling and spicy steaks Phone number (051) 5792132
Food Street Saddar
Chicken Drum sticks and Chicken Cheese Burger from Rahat Bakery Phone (051) 5566577 is fresh.
Stadium Road Food Street
Shahbaz Sharif Sports complex Stadium road is also called the Fortress of Rawalpindi
Here you will find Shinwari and Savour food as well.
Breakfast at Murree Road
Kartarpura Food Street
Breakfast has to be at Kartarpura Murree Road.
Do not forget to get yourself a tall chilled glass of Desi Lassi while you are at it.
Kartarpura also has traditional Kashmiri dishes that you don’t get anywhere else.
Kala Khan Nihari House is a must-visit.
Cool Summer Drinks
You can find these drinks at every commercial area of Rawalpindi, like Saddar, Raja Bazar, and commercial Market.
Made from Opium seeds
· Imli and Aalu Bukhara Sharbat
· Shakar Kola
Brown Sugar drink
Sugar Cane Juice
· Leemu Paani
Lounge at Sheesha Bar and Restaurant
Café Dine light at Rawal Plaza, Commercial market
It has a separate section for mixed-gender gatherings. Phone number is
MK Pan Shop & Hookah Point Tench Bhaata
MK Paan Shop has certified good pan and Hookah Accessories to take home.
Visit Parks with Family
Damne Koh Margalla Hills,
Although it is in Islamabad, Pindi people consider it their own.
Nawaz Sharif Park Murree Road
It is popular in an early morning jogging track
Do not miss the historical sites where Liaqat Ali Khan and Benazir Bhutto were murdered
Ayub Park, Rawalpindi Cantonment
Ayub Park has the most well-maintained lawns and kids ride in all Rawalpindi.
Then, there is Joy land Rawalpindi on Ayub Parkland as well.
Jinnah Park, Kachehri Road, Rawalpindi
Jinnah Park has mc Donald, Papasallis and a 3D motion ride
Do go there if you want to see a sad lion in a cage.
Bahria Town Phase 8 Eye View Park
Bahria town has lovely and well-maintained parks of smaller size, but this one has a small pond for boating as well.
Picnic spots for Chilling
Neela Sandh is one hour drive from Rawalpindi, near Kahuta
Panjpeer Rock is a cool place with a waterfall, which families love to visit during summers.
Kotli Sattian is a hidden gem of Rawalpindi and is in 2 hours’ drive on the Khanna Pul – Nilor Road.
Wah Gardens, Wah Cantonment
Wah Cantonment itself is a colonial masterpiece with old churches and ancient factories, but Mughal-made Wah Gardens are worth going for a picnic.
Go crazy shopping at
For wholesale products starting from electronics to furniture to household goods.
Giga Mall is the best mall to walk around and window shop. I like Miniso Phone (051) 2725629 the best because of its quality and useful products
Canteen Stores Department, (CSD)
CSD Phone UAN: 051-111-273-111 at Lal Kurti Rawalpindi has all the essential items for your house and the best thing is that they have good electric repair people as well.
You would need to should get a membership to enjoy swimming in the summer season, otherwise, you will have to pay Rs 500 every time you swim there.
Burn Calories Cycling
- Bahria Town
- DHA 2
Sooth your mind with a Morning Walk
- Along Soan River in Monsoon at Bahria Phase 8
- Rawalpind Golf Club Jogging Track
- Pakistan heritage museum Shakarparian
- Pakistan Army museum Rawalpindi
- Ayub Park Military Museum
Watch a Stage drama at
- Rawalpindi Arts Council
- Ciros Cinema
Watch a movie at
- Bahria Arena Cineplex Phase 4
- Bahria Gold Cineplex Phase 7
- Jinnah Park Cinepax
- Race Course Ground
- Bahria Phase 4
You will have to pay Rs 2000 every time you ride at Bahria town, but for Racecourse, you need membership from Presidents Body Guards
Visit Historical places in Rawalpindi
- Hindu Temples at Bohri Bhabra Bazar
- Sardar Sujjan Singh Haveli
- Sikh Gurdwara at Bagh Sardaran
- Markazi Jamia Masjid at Bagh Sardaran
- Shah Chan Chirag
- Sangini Fort
- Murree Brewery
- Bedi Mahal of Sikh
- Rawat fort
- Mankiala Buddhist Stupa
Read a book at
- Army Central Library
- Old Book Bank Saddar
- Idris Book bank Saddar
Special Places in Rawalpindi
Luxury Spa in Bahria Town
Call any number in a general Google search
At Bahria town Phase 4
Bahria town phase 4
Statue of Liberty view pint
You can see the best view of Bahria town street lights glowing at night from above
So, there you go, and these are the top 25 things to enjoy in Rawalpindi and what to expect there.
· Also, see Nightlife in Islamabad
Rawalpindi will get even better when they solve the congestion, water deficiency, and extensive heat problem that has become worse over the years.
Dasso Masair, hun Pindi Jaso?