At the foot of the Margalla Hills (home to Murree Brewery), Rawalpindi (Pindi) has retained its historical hustle & bustle, while Pakistan's nearby Capital City Islamabad grows with major developments, government and diplomatic infrastructure, and indeed security pressures.
Pindi is far more frantic than its purpose-built (1960) sister 15km north and offers greater cultural flavour. The handicrafts that Pindi is renowned, gold and silver jewellery, linens, and Kashmiri carpets, can be haggled for in Raja, Kashmiri, Saddar, Sarafa, and Moti Bazaars.
Let's not forget we are here for the game at Pindi Cricket Ground where Australia secured its first Test series win in Pakistan for 39years, way back in 1998. A remarkable Test filled with special moments such as Colin Miller making his Test Cricket Debut and taking the wicket of Wasim Akram to give Ian Healy the world record 356 dismissals! Centuries by Steve ‘Tugga’ Waugh & Michael Slater were rewarding but top-shelf was the 'Angel of Mercy'.
On a skin-melting Day 2, a stranger walked into the terrace and without a word handed me a brown paper bag and left. Inside were two ice-cold cans of Foster's Lager. That famous Melbourne beer never tasted so good... especially when compared with Pakistan's Murree Lager, but that's another pint! Pindi has fond memories, all of which will never be relived for sure as Tugga remains retired.
If you don't take Pakistan Railways with us from the previous game, fly to Islamabad International Airport where we will meet and greet you and transfer you to our hotel on Grand Trunk Road in Saddar Bazaar. We've 8 nights with dinner snacks, high-tea, bottled water, and laundry included daily. We may transfer you to & from the game (TBC), but match tickets are included as are two dinner parties.
Depending on the match schedule we will return you to the airport or station for travel to your next adventure if not our Hunza Valley Tour!