The Museum of Natural History is very close to Lok Virsa. In fact, Sharkarparian and Pakistan Monument are also all in the same vicinity.
The Museum was quite a decent one I must say but it could be modernised and brought up to standard. For instance, there could be more interactive features which would really help kids and adults learn about Pakistan's diverse natural environment. The exhibits were great and, there was even one about the degradation of the environment.
Shakarparian is just a beautiful name. I can't remember if I have ever been before. I'm sure my parents took me when I was a little kid. But that name has always stuck with me and, conjures up the most beautiful gardens in my head. And guess what, they really are beautiful gardens. I loved walking around there with Kavita. She had a great time running up and down, giving me an almost heart attack now and then. That place is a perfect picnic spot. I hope I can go there again and spend a golden afternoon again.
Shakarparian "is derived from two words from the Potohari language, Shakar - meaning 'sweet', and Parian from 'Parao' - meaning a place to rest, or stop over - layover during long journeys." [Wikipedia article]
|It's an accurate scene of pollution.|
|A mural about the Baluchiterium, not a dinosaur, which for some reason I had believed it to be, but one of the largest land mammals to have ever lived! Read more about it here.|
|The blind Indus River Dolphin which is endangered. See an excerpt from Wikpedia: "The Indus dolphin has the long, pointed nose characteristic of all river dolphins. The teeth are visible in both the upper and lower jaws even when the mouth is closed. The teeth of young animals are almost an inch long, thin and curved; however, as animals age the teeth undergo considerable changes and in mature adults become square, bony, flat disks. The snout thickens towards its end. The species does not have acrystalline eye lens, rendering it effectively blind, although it may still be able to detect the intensity and direction of light. Navigation and hunting are carried out using echolocation. The body is a brownish color and stocky at the middle. The species has a small triangular lump in place of adorsal fin."|
|Actual fossils of the Baluchiterium|
|Another blue whale skeleton at the entrance of the Museum. Quite amazing!|
|This fountain was not working but Kavita loved running up and |
down the ramp leading to the fountains, much to my chagrin. I always wanted to use the world "chagrin."
|I just love this photo!|
|Everything you wanted to know about Islamabad|