Guide to Saidpur Village, Islamabad

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Located within Islamabad, Saidpur village is a place of cultural heritage that leans on the Margalla Hills. It is one of the oldest villages in Islamabad and Pakistan. Known for its heritage and Mughal history, Saidpur village is more than five hundred years old.

Back in the Mughal era, it used to be the worship area of Sikhs and Hindus.  The village has a multicultural heritage with places of worship of different religions. It hosts a Sufi shrine, Hindu temple, and gurudwara in the same area. The colorful architecture of the historical sites and the panoramic view of Margalla Hills attract a lot of locals and foreigners. 

Saidpur village is situated on the hill road to the east of Daman-e-Koh. Saidpur Village distance is a 5 km drive away from central Islamabad city and 20 Km from Rawalpindi city. Said Pur village is one of the Best Places to Visit in Islamabad., Pakistan’s smartest property portal, has compiled a guide for you below. 


Saidpur Village, Islamabad – A Summary

LocationPakistan, Margalla Hills, Islamabad Capital Territory
Establishment1530 by Mirza Fateh Ali, initially named Fatehpur Baoli
RenamedLater renamed Saidpur after being transferred to Said Khan Gakhar by Emperor Akbar
Notable Features– Multi-cultural heritage dating back to the Mughal Era

– Religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims

PopulationEstimated 12,000−15,000 (2015)
Attractions– Rama Temple (Rama Mandir or Ram Kund Temple)

– Gurdwara, church, mosque, shrine of Zinda Pir

RenovationCapital Development Authority (CDA) initiated renovation in 2006 as an Arts and Crafts Village
Concerns and Issues– Desire for the reopening of Rama Temple by the local Hindu community

– Pollution of natural streams and ponds

Historical Significance– Used as a Hindu site by commander Raja Man Singh in 1580

– Mentioned in Jahangir’s autobiography

Current StatusTourist spot preserving multi-cultural heritage, facing challenges in preservation and religious significance


Background History of Saidpur Village


courtyard of an old building


The Saidpur village Islamabad wasn’t always known by its current name, previously in 1530, it was known as the  “Fatehpur Baoli” – a tribute to its founder Mirza Fateh Ali. The village developed under the Raja Said Sultan son of Sultan Sarang Khan belonged to the “Gakhar” tribe who traveled from Iran. In 1580, Hindu Commander Raja Man Singh transformed Saidpur village into a worship place by building religious places including temples and gurudwaras. The village’s name was changed to “Saidpur Village” after Mughal Emperor Akhbar offered it to Sultan Said, who later gifted it to his daughter who was married to the Mughal emperor Jahangir – son of Mughal emperor Akbar. 

Saidpur Village Islamabad used to be a garden and gathering place, where Hindus celebrated the festival of Baisakhi. In the early 20th century, a Sikh Gurdwara was built next to the temple.

Later in 2008, Saidpur Village was successfully transformed into a prepossessing village. The work to convert Saidpur into a multicultural and historical tourist attraction was started by the Capital Development Authority in 2006 under the supervision of Chairman CDA Mr. Kamran Lashari. The government of France provided technical assistance in this work and the total cost was Rs. 400 million.


Things to do in Saidpur Village


building and shops of saidpur village


Saidpur village is an ancient village with a history of more than 2000 years and it is famous for its handmade pottery. Saidpur village is a popular place, and it mostly gets crowded on weekends and special events. The beauty of Saidpur village is worth seeing in the cloudy and rainy weather. You can visit Saidpur village both day and night since the atmosphere is always welcoming. Here are some things you can do when you visit Saidpur village:


Visit Historical Buildings


Historical Building of Saidpur Village


You can visit temples, Gurudwara, and the museum located in the village. However, there are local tour guides who can take you on a tour and explain the history of the village, temples, and museum.


Shops and Galleries


Pottery Shop in Saidpur Village


The village has small antique shops where you can buy jewelry and antique items. However, it also hosts a few art galleries where you can witness the area’s historical art.


Restaurants in Saidpur Village


Des Pardes Restaurant in Saipur village islamabad


After the conversion of Saidpur into a village, several traditional restaurants and cafes have opened up. Many locals and foreign visitors come to these restaurants for family dinners and get-togethers. If you search for ‘Saidpur Village Islamabad restaurant’, you will see a bunch of restaurants with breathtaking views.

Furthermore, many residents of Islamabad like to enjoy their evenings at this beautiful place. Saidpur Village restaurant menu offers ethnic cuisines with a beautiful scenic view of Margalla Hills. We have listed some of the most popular restaurants available in Saidpur village.

  • Des Pardes
  • Dera Pakhtoon
  • Cafe 99
  • The Polo Lounge 
  • Andaz
  • Tirah
  • Kehwah
  • Lahore Chatkhara





A girl Rock Climbing in Saidpur Village


After crossing the residential area of Saidpur village Islamabad, you will come across a rock-climbing spot. Adventure sports companies often organize joint events on the spot. A person pays PKR 1200 per day for Rock Climbing.

In addition, Companies also organize training events where students are given introductory lectures on rock climbing along with a detailed lecture on climbing gear. After this, a professional climber gives a climbing demonstration. 

Furthermore, visitors can take a 5-minute detour from rock climbing and reach the hiking trail number 5 in the Margalla Hills National Park. The trail joins with trail 3 and ends up at Monal, above Saidpur Village Islamabad.  The trail was closed to the general public in the past but now you can go for a hike with your friends and family.


 A renovated entrance to a building in a saidpur village


Apart from recreational activities, plots for sale in Saidpur village Islamabad are also available. Despite  CDA’s renovation of the area, the residents of Said Pur Village still reside there. Most of these residents head over to Islamabad for work and employment.

In a nutshell, Saidpur village enjoins the cultural heritage from pre-partition times with modern-day technology. Despite attracting thousands of tourists, one can still see the essence of simple village life. 


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