Horse riding

  • Mushtaq Riding School - opp. the Best Westen hotel / Rawal Chowk. Based in very rustic settings Mushtaq offers 1 hour lessons or guided 2 hour trips in to the Shakarparian park (highly recommended) - Mushtaq has been running his school for years and has a good reputation for caring for his horses (he won't offer riding during the hottest times of the day during the summer for example). Need to book in advance. Rs1,000 per hour. 0300 557 0220 (no sms)
  • Islamabad Riding Club - Ms Orrick White, who is a Canadian, is a certified riding instructor who is available to give lessons to people in the expat community. She keeps her own horses at the Islamabad Riding Club which is now under new management. She teaches all levels from beginner to advanced using English saddles. 0300 850 4220

Go karting - F1 Traxx- Lake View Park (Rawal Lake) - there is another track in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi

Shooting - Islamabad Gun Club

Golf at the Islamabad Golf Club. Two other golf courses are available in Rawalpindi

Fishing – Rawal lake

Climbing - there is a climbing wall in Rawal Lake's Lake View Park

Para Gliding – at Margalla Hills. The Pakistan Adventure Foundation is the place to call, reservations are recommended.

Rowing at the Islamabad Rowing Club, next to Lake View Park

Cycling – Mountain biking is fast becoming a much-loved activity because of the weather and the terrain. If you're in the mood for some adventurous cycling down one of Islamabad's beautifully scenic bike trails, get your bike ready. Information can again be had from the ASG's hiking publication. Cheap bikes can be purchased for Rs6,000 - Rs10,000 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Alternatively you can hire decent quality bikes from K2Riders - based in F8/2

Night Life – it exists, but it's not easy to find. Try befriending some hip locals, and see if you can tag along. There are no regularly open 'night clubs' in the city - however periodic special events are organised in various venues about once every two months - spread by word-of-mouth and increasing via Facebook. Less excitingly some of the embassy clubs in the diplomatic enclave have 'dance parties' and the like but these tend to be exclusively expatriate and rather low brow.

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