The cities are two sides fo the same coin. While Islamabad is the bureaucratic heart of the country surrounded by lush hills and nature reserves. Rawalpindi is the military city which it is filled with genuine bazaars, institutes and academics. Here you could explore Shakarparian, Maragalla Hills, Saidpur Village and Lok Virsa. Shah Faisal Mosque is Pakistan's biggest mosque and the greatest Landmart here.
The Islamabad–Rawalpindi metropolitan area is one of Pakistan's largest metropolitan areas. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are located in the Potohar region of northern Punjab. Rawalpindi is located on the Pothohar Plateau, known for its ancient Buddhist heritage, especially in the neighbouring town of Taxila – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was destroyed during the invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni before being taken over by Gakhars in 1493. In 1765, the ruling Gakhars were defeated as the city came under Sikh rule, and eventually became a major city within the Sikh Empire based in Lahore. The city was conquered by the British Raj in 1849, and in 1851 became the largest garrison town of the British Indian Army. Following the partition of British India in 1947, the city became home to the headquarters of Pakistan Army hence retaining its status as a major military city.