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Rawalpindi (Punjabi, Urdu: راولپنڈى‎, Rāwalpiṅḋī), commonly known as Pindi (Punjabi: پنڈی), is a city in the Punjab, Pakistan. It is the fourth largest city in Pakistan by population while along with neighbouring city of Islamabad it forms the country's third largest metropolitan area. The economy of Rawalpindi is interlinked with Islamabad and jointly are known as twin cities. The city is the administrative seat of the Rawalpindi District. The city is located on the Pothohar Plateau which is known for the existence of a Buddhist community particularly in neighbouring town of Taxila, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was destroyed during the invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni before being taken over Gakhars who went onto the name the city as Rawalpindi in 1493. In 1765, Gakhar's where defeated as Rawalpindi became part of the Sikh Empire. The city became part of the British Raj in 1849 and in 1851 became the largest garrison town for the British Indian Army. After the partition of India in 1947, the city became home to the headquarters of Pakistan Army hence retaining its status as a major military city. The city received a major boost with the start of the construction of Islamabad in 1961 which saw greater investment and even enjoyed a brief stunt as the country's temporary capital. The modern-day city is interlinked with Islamabad with most people commuting to Islamabad, particularly due to the presence of several suburb's in Rawalpindi. The city is also a major transit point due to presence on the Grand Trunk Road and presence of Benazir Airport and the under-construction Liaquat Airport. The city is also a tourist attraction due to its historical haveli's, while it is a popular transit point for tourists visiting Rohtas Fort, Azad Kashmir, Taxila and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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Facts and Stats for Rawalpindi*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rawalpindi

    Know the pollution level of Rawalpindi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 70.83 (High)
    • Water Pollution 70 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 65 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 60.42 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 60.42 (High)
  • Rawalpindi: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rawalpindi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rawalpindi.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.04 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 79.17 (High)
    • Car Stealing 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 32.29 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.91 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.96 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 42.71 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.13 (Moderate)
  • Living in Rawalpindi - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 51.17 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 76.14 (High)
    • Pollution Index 75.34 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 50.57 (High)
    • Health Care Index 51.85 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.24 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rawalpindi

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rawalpindi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.34 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 50.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 17.19 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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