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Living in Rawalpindi, Pakistan:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Rawalpindi, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 45 people living in Rawalpindi what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you’re moving or thinking to move to Rawalpindi it’s an active and full of lights city but also expensive. You can get everything here 24/7 whether it’s related to health, food or anything. So in short it’s expensive but it can satisfy all your needs and wishes whether for kids, adults or old citizens.

My city is a beautiful place and it attracts the attention of tourists. But for someone who is about to move here should know that people living here are not what they seem to be. Here, life can be difficult at times but all we can do is try to be better.

He should know about all the historical places so that he could visit places more and more in Rawalpindi like Ayub National Park, Tench bazar, Malls, Saddar food street. He should manage time as well to visit because it is big city and most important thing is that Rawalpindi has a value in Pakistan. General Headquarters is located in Rawalpindi.

Muhammad, says: 2020

Some like to say that Rawalpindi is incredibly boring. It was an important trading post in the past, and after Pakistan was founded, became inundated with refugees from Kashmir and eventually became an army cantonment. When the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, was built in the 1960s close to it, Rawalpindi became the more affordable option for people flocking to the capital to find work. Today, Rawalpindi is a melting pot of cultures and languages and is the place to be to get the best of both worlds: affordable living and close proximity to the job opportunities in the capital.

Rawalpindi is commonly known as “Pindi”. It is the fourth largest city of Pakistan. Army Museum, Nawaz Sharif Park, Jinnah Park and Ayub National Park are the famous places in Rawalpindi. Islamabad International Airport is within the city of Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi’s Fatima Jinnah Women University is famous university for women.

Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi, is a city and capital of Rawalpindi Division in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is the fourth-largest city proper in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is also the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area. Rawalpindi District is a district in the northernmost part of the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Rawalpindi is a city that is emerging in such a fast pace that anyone with hopes of setting up a new business or aspiring to get education should consider moving to. It is twin city of Federal Islamabad and the commute is easy due to availability of metro bus in the city.

Daniyal, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is the 4th largest city of Pakistan. It is on the Pothohar Plateau, known for its ancient Buddhist heritage. It is famous for its food and attractive places. It has many old and new hospitals, universities and parks which made the city more important in terms of health from other cities.

Muhammad, says: 2020

I highly recommend my city as there are many parks and greenery which you will enjoy and it’s a peaceful place. The city is surrounded by mountains so if you want to go hiking you’ll have ample opportunity.

Rawalpindi, is a city in the heart of Pakistan. Often called the twin city of the capital, Islamabad, Rawalpindi is often overshadowed. However, people of Pakistan know how important its true worth. It is a vibrant city, full of life and colours. The people are very welcoming and hospitable.

Ushbah, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is a very beautiful city with a heart delighting weather but he should be accurate regarding the buses time table because Rawalpindi is a city with heavy loads of traffic but the people are very pious and hospitable. Whenever a foreigner come to this city they welcome him with an open heart.

Muneeb, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is one of the twin cities of Pakistan. A city with moderate summers and extreme winters without any snow, which one may even dislike. It is a city with crisp air and a clean environment surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Though the most noticeable thing would be the abundance of seasonal flowers in the city.

In my city there are traffic and dust issues. My city has a good environment. People visit here to learn. Rawalpindi is a big city where you can get everything easily.

Muqaddas, says: 2020

The weather is very unpredictable. Sometimes very cold or some time too sunny. The people of this city are from all over to Pakistan.

Salateen, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is a city that is literally all over the place, maybe ten or 20 years ago I would have told you that this is “the” place, but due to the mushroom-like sprawl of unplanned neighbourhoods and destruction of green areas and recreational zones, I would probably recommend you to live in the neighbouring city of Islamabad. Rawalpindi is not bad place, in fact, some parts of the city are pretty nice and maybe you will find it to be the ideal place, who knows, everyone’s taste is different.

Sakina, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is the city where you can experience all the seasons. You will burn yourself in summer heat, freeze your nose in winter, experience the colourful spring and see the beauty of autumn leaves. Monsoon will drench you in heavy rainfall in summers. Nevertheless, you will enjoy all the seasons equally.

Muskan, says: 2020

It is adjacent to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. There are the best hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, etc. Like Islamabad, it is very peaceful and its climate is moderate. Summer is not very hot here; it almost rains daily. This is why people like to settle here. The city has become very populous. Besides, my city is linked with all major cities of Pakistan due to its vast network of roads. It has very good hotels and parks.

The first concern of a married man, while moving from one city to another is the education quality which his children will obtain. In Rawalpindi one can find, numerous schools, highly acknowledged universities offering variety of Modern subjects. While considering picnic spots, Rawalpindi is enriched with parks like Jinnah park, Ayub parks and nearby hotels and restaurants offer incomparable dining experience.

Danish, says: 2020

Rawalpindi’s cost of living touches the skies. However, it is also beautiful. Its North is covered by snowy mountains. While other directions are based on plains. From tourism point of view, one can have loads of enjoyable memories later on after travelling here. I would strongly recommend everyone to visit the city at least once in life.

Muhammad, says: 2020

It is a beautiful city. Anyone moving here would consider beauty around. Here are many beautiful parks, mosques and a lot, which surely someone would enjoy. Here are also tasty and spicy food restaurants where you would love to eat. No doubt it is heaven.

Rawalpindi is not a part of Islamabad also that Islamabad is not a part of Punjab. They are two separate cities. DHA and Bahria or Askari are some of the good places you should get your house or apartment. If you have children, enroll them in APS schools those are the good ones.

Mohammad, says: 2020

Anyone visiting Rawalpindi for the first time should be wary of scammers. There have been some instances of tourists getting scammed by the local, similarly there have been some reportings of tourists and locals, who have started to argue over the high prices that the locals are demanding. When someone has the chance to to visit Rawalpindi they should come prepared for any types of scams the locals might conjure up.

Rawalpindi is the most amazing place in Punjab. It has Ayub Park and the house of Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad known as “Laal Haveli”. It has great shopping malls in Saddar. There is metro bus through which you can travel to Islamabad by paying a ticket of Rs. 30. And it is a well developed city where all the facilities are available.

Muqaddas, says: 2020

Well! I live in Rawalpindi, a beautiful city in Northern Punjab – the largest province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi has many attractions for newcomers, e. g, Raja Bazar is the central wholesale market where you can buy anything you imagine. There is Jinnah Garden which presents the classic and modern tourism sites. Ayub National Park is another great site to visit especially for the children. Rawalpindi is a twin city to the federal Capital of Pakistan, i.e., Islamabad. It is again one of the most beautiful cities of the world and a gateway to the Northern areas of Pakistan because the Grand Trunk Road passes through Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

Memona, says: 2020

the place is not overpopulated as it consist of highly educated people. presence of trees and mountains and scenic beauty to this area. The weather is bearable throughout the year as it rains in summers and winters are very cold and pleasant. different kind of food court are available to facilitate people.

Tasawar, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is a good city except for the pollution. It is a main city of Pakistan. It is known as the home of the Pakistani military as the General Headquarters of armed forces of Pakistan are located here.

Rawalpindi is one of the most famous city of Pakistan. It us not famous for the historical places but it had got popularity by the people in it. There are small town and every town has its specific name.

Muhammad, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is a twin city of Capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. It has many beautiful places. You will meet humble and polite people here. Areas here are well-organized by the government. All the educational and health facilities are provided here with honesty and care. There are many important places. Environment is vleanand healthy too.

Rawalpindi has many good hotels, restaurants, clubs, museums and parks. It has many important places for foods which show the true heritage of Punjab which is famous for its dishes. The main places are food street, kartar pura, banni chowk and sadder. And rawalpindi is most beautiful as it is near Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Luqman, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is a beautiful city. One of the best features of this city is its beautiful weather! If one moves here should know it’s also ka populous city with a lot of traffic but despite all that it’s still beautiful. The ancient Faisal mosque is also present here which catches the attention of everyone.

Safeer, says: 2020

Rawalpindi has a very friendly environment. There are many housing societies, there are a lot of good institutions for education including; primary, secondary and higher education. The weather is hot in summer. The most suitable time to live is winter. Rawalpindi also has the largest market of Asia known as Tench Bhatta. Most of the military setup is in Rawalpindi.

Masood, says: 2020

Someone moving to Rawalpindi should have either a driver’s licence, or use taxis because of the heavy traffic. The city is known for having roads overflowing with cars so it is not ideal for someone who is just learning to drive to go out on a vehicle by themself.

Noukhaiz, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is adjacent to the capital Islamabad. Together these are known as the twin cities. Rawalpindi is mixture of the old and new, it includes historic buildings of the British Era along with recently built mega malls. There is never a dull day here. You can find almost anything from a spare rearview mirror to Peshawari chappals all in the biggest market of the city, Raja Bazaar.

Rawalpindi, Punjab, is the city of great people having smiles on their faces. People of this city welcome warm-heartedly. The basic culture of this city is Punjabi Culture. The local language is Punjabi more specifically the Hindko accent.

Wajiha, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is the city of most welcoming people. Weather condition is so good. Any time the weather can change. And it is well planned city with many parks, hotels and other places of people concern. Living in Rawalpindi is the best experience. It is the Peaceful city of Pakistan. I love Rawalpindi.

Husain, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is one of the most prominent cities of Pakistan. Cities are developed and contain all the primary facilities including schools, hospitals, markets and others. Besides the weather is suitable and those who recently moved to my city are fully satisfied. There are better employment opportunities as well. I also recommend my friends to move to Rawalpindi to avail these better opportunities and live a prosperous life.

Travelling is pretty easy. Apart from that many historical places are there. People are very kind and generous. Pollution is very less compared to other cities. The weather is mostly pleasant. traffic is good compared to other cities where these is too much air pollution because of heavy traffic.

Mahnoor, says: 2020

Rawalpindi has a bold and bolshie character, it is in essence a vibrant but often merciless city. Named after a man, it’s befitting for people with wild roaming spirits. This city is a maze and a conglomeration of various classes. Fortunately you can easily find low rent places in the City. We are adjacent to the capital Islamabad and that’s where a lot of the universities, eateries, tourist sites, foreign embassies and government offices are. We have many colorful bazaars, Raja Bazaar, Tench Bazaar and Saddar, in there Bazaars you can find anything for whatever your budget may be, the metro bus service in Rawalpindi is something very helpful to people wanting to travel daily who may afford not be able to afford it. The city is at times brutal and unexpectedly kind at other times, that’s exactly how the weather behaves too.

Fatima, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is not overpopulated and it has great weather. It’s the fourth largest city of Punjab. It is very much near the capital of Pakistan. One can have many opportunities for the investment. We have army headquarter GHQ in rawalpindi. We have metro bus in rawalpindi. We have wide roads plus we are near to motorway.

Rawalpindi is the tasteful mix of old and new. The central region mostly consists of 100-year old houses and markets and is quite congested. The cantonment area and suburbs are quite well planned and organised. One can find almost any thing from different large and small markets. Shortage of water in most areas of city is a serious problem. People belonging to this city are hospitable and good natured, always ready to help the new residents. Different branches of all the government offices, banks and other organisations are located here.

Maheen, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is adjacent to the capital of Pakistan. Being in such a prime location makes it the most desirable place for housing and jobs. Rawalpindi has a huge population featuring inhabitants of different ethnicities and regions. Rawalpindi is surrounded by greenery and beautiful natural scenery, but the heart of the city is dusted and polluted.

He/She should check that whether there is any water issue or not. In this city, a lot of people are facing water problems. they should check that they either have good education institutions near their house or not. They also need to make an easy and short route to their office to avoid any traffic issues.

Mahwash, says: 2020

Rawalpindi is the fourth leading city of Punjab which is known as Pindi. It has numerous great hotels, brasseries, clubs, exhibition halls and parks. It has numerous significant spots for nourishment and enjoyment which show the genuine legacy of Punjab which is eminent for its dishes. The central spots are kartar pura, banni chowk, Food Street and Sadder.

The person considering to my city should know the city is full of traffic. The people here are from different backgrounds from all over the country. They mostly are salaried people rather than business owners. You should find a place where the water is available because here mostly places have low water density.

Rawalpindi is the fourth largest metropolitan city of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is known for its ancient Buddhist heritage. Rawalpindi has the highest ranking Universities one of the best transportation systems in the country and an effective local government system. Local people are famous for their hospitality. Rawalpindi is a great fusion of ancient and modern tradition.

Saliha, says: 2020

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