ABOUT BANI GALA ISLAMABAD
Synonymous with luxury, Bani Gala is one of the most posh residential areas in not just Islamabad but also Pakistan.
The area has it all: lush greenery, vividly blue skies, clean air and seemingly endless streams of Rawal Lake. What’s more, you’re just 10 km away from Serena Hotel on Khayaban-e-Suhrwardy. This means while you can enjoy the serenity of the calm countryside in Bani Gala, you are not far from the amenities of the busy city centre. It really is the best of both worlds.
Another factor that has contributed to the ever-increasing popularity of the upscale neigbourhood, over the years, is that it is home to a number of public figures, including the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. With the celebrity factor, of course, comes tight security — another plus for Bani Gala residents.
There's a lot more to it, though.
AT A GLANCE
- Upscale neighbourhood
- Includes the residence of Prime Minister Imran Khan
- Lower sale prices than the rest of Islamabad
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Bani Gala Islamabad
A local van 122-A goes to Bani Gala’s entrance from Abpara. However, those living near Faizabad can take van no. 110 and then take 122 from Abpara. A lot of mini vans from Rawal Chowk also follow a route to Park Road and Bani Gala is a major stop along the way. There is also a metro station near Bani Gala at Faizabad station. Local taxis and app-operated Uber and Careem facilities are also available in the locality.
Markets in Bani Gala Islamabad
Bilal Habshi R.A. Market is a local grocery store which is just a 4-minute drive from Rajput Street, Bani Gala. Akhbat and Abpara Market can be reached in 21 and 23 minutes respectively. National, Maqbook, China, Qureshi, Maqbool and Pakeeza Markets are about a 26-minute drive away. Other spots like Khawaja, Tipu, Abbasi, Kohsar and Power Markets take about 30 minutes from Rajput Street.
Mosques in Bani Gala Islamabad
Bani Gala has at least two mosques named Jamia Masjid Noor. One is near Rajput Street while the other one is on Durrani Street. There are two other mosques as well Masjid Al Farooq is situated near Jinnah Road and Rehmat Ul Alameen Masjid is on Soomro Street.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in Bani Gala Islamabad
Residents of Bani Gala have quick access to some of the most famous educational institutions in the city such as COMSATS University, on Park Road, which is only a 15-minute drive away from Bani Gala. Also, there are a number of pre-primary and primary schools in the area such as Unity International School, The Educators, Allied School, Dar-e-Arqam, among others. One of the most famous boarding schools of Islamabad, Beachonhouse Newlands, is also in Bani Gala.
Banks in Bani Gala Islamabad
If you live in Bani Gala, then you can visit a number of banking centres that are located just at a few minutes’ drive from Rajput Street. Allied Bank Ltd (2 minutes), Dubai Islamic Bank (2 minutes) Meezan Bank (4 minutes), National Bank of Pakistan (12 minutes), Habib Bank Limited (15 minutes) and Faisal Bank (16 minutes).
Islamabad gets its power supply from WAPDA, which is one of the major government-owned power producers in the country. There are no electricity backup options available for Bani Gala residents from the government. However, people use UPS devices and generators as backups in case of a power breakdown.
Clinics and Hospitals in Bani Gala Islamabad
Bani Gala is also home to many hospitals and private clinics that offer state-of-the-art healthcare facilities like Medicare Hospital, Heaven for Senior Citizens Islamabad and Dr. Ashraf's Specialist's Clinic. Other hospitals that provide 24/7 top quality medical assistance include Shifa Hospital and CDA Hospital, both of which are just 24 to 26 minutes away from Bani Gala.
PROPERTIES IN BANI GALA ISLAMABAD
Sales Price Trends in Bani Gala Islamabad
Houses for Sale in Bani Gala Islamabad
The houses in the area are single and double storey both available in varying sizes and different prices such as a 5 marla house in Bani Gala can be bought between a price range of PKR 48 lakh and PKR 1.2 crore while the cost of a 10 marla house is around PKR 3.5 crore. Similarly, asking price of 1 kanal houses in Bani Gala start from PKR 1.5 crore and goes up to as high as PKR 4.5 crore.
Plots for Sale in Bani Gala Islamabad
In recent years properties in this area have gone through much development. For this reason, people have been buying plots here to construct their dream home. The price of residential plots of 5 marla in Bani Gala starts from as low as PKR 15 lakh while a 10 marla plot can cost buyers anywhere between PKR 25 and PKR 80 lakh. Bani Gala also have opportunities in land of large area sizes however you would need a big budget so the investment in 1 kanal plots will be costing in the range of PKR 35 lakh, going up to PKR 1.6 crore.
Flats for Sale in Bani Gala Islamabad
There are also various apartments available for sale. A 2-bed flat in Bani Gala costs between PKR 70 and PKR 80 lakh whereas a 3-bed flat falls in the range of PKR 46 lakh to PKR 2.43 crore.
Rent Price Trends in Bani Gala Islamabad
Houses for Rent in Bani Gala Islamabad
1 kanal rental units are most popular among tenants in Bani Gala. Although the property is huge, the rent is fairly affordable — between PKR 35 thousand and PKR 50 thousand per month. Meanwhile, upper portions in Bani Gala can be rented for PKR 10 to 25 thousand per month. For tenants looking for smaller places, 5 marla houses are also available in this area.
Flats for Rent in Bani Gala Islamabad
The average rental price of a 2-bed apartment in Bani Gala is PKR 20 thousand while a 3-bed flat can be rented for around PKR 25 thousand.
Commercial properties in Bani Gala are very expensive. A building with 4 villas and 11 rooms can cost around PKR 9 crore. However, 1.3 marla shops cost around PKR 75 lakh. Meanwhile, a 7-storey insured building can cost over PKR 20 crore.
Most Popular Projects in Bani Gala
Bani Gala being a popular neighbourhood of Islamabad has a few popular projects which buyers prefer investing in such as Pakistan Colony, Fortune Lake View Residency and Iqbal Heights. However, Pakistan Colony is the most popular project in Bani Gala.
Bani Gala is a preferred residential area for many living in Islamabad. According to rental trends of Bani Gala, it can be seen that Fortune Lake View Residency is quite popular amongst renters, followed by Pakistan Colony.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in Bani Gala Islamabad
Ch. Bostan Khan Plaza and Ahbab Rice Store are only 2 minutes’ drive away from Rajput Street while Quetta General Store and Town Mart are only 5 minutes away. Other malls like Islamabad Mall, Galleria Islamabad, Panorama Shopping Center, Iqbal Shopping Mall and Midway Shopping Centre can be reached within 30 minutes.
Restaurants and Bakeries in Bani Gala Lahore
There are a number of popular eateries in the area, including Bon Appetite, Mr. COD, and Tanga Grill & Cuisine. You can also visit Bentley Boutique Hotel on Street 1 (Lake Side) and Eatery Family Restaurant near Range Road.
All the famous bakeries are at least 30 minutes’ drive away from Bani Gala be it the famous Tehzeeb Bakers or Rahat Bakers. However, there is one local bakery, Saddiq Bakery & Halwa Puri that is only 5 minutes’s drive away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The amazingly beautiful Rawal Lake and Lake View Park is a great picnic spot for the residents where they can go for boating, fishing or just sit by and relax by the mesmerizing views. Those living in Bani Gala will never get bored of the nearby leisure places.
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in Bani Gala Islamabad
The closest gym from Bani Gala is the Gala’s Gym and Fitness Centre which is only 4 minutes by car. At a drive of 18 to 25 minutes you can go to Fitness Factory Gym, Azlan Fitness House and Fitness Lounge Gym. The famous City Gym and Ideal Fitness Gym are can be reached within 28 minutes from Bani Gala.
Salons and Spas in Bani Gala Islamabad
Bani Gala, being a prime residential community, is home to many beauty salons like Ali Beauty Salon on Jinnah Road, which is only a minute-drive from Rajput Street, and Fairy Beauty Parlor on Hill View Road, which is about 8 minutes away. Depilex Beauty Clinic has three branches near Bani Gala and the closest is the one in the I-8 sector, which is roughly a 24-minute drive.
- Bhara Kahu- (25 minute’s drive)
- Islamabad Club Cinema (18 minutes’ drive)
- Shakarparian (24 minutes’ drive)
- F-10 Markaz (40 minutes’ drive)
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Bani Gala is no more a quiet, scenic place that was dotted with trees and was home to a multitude of species of birds. The area is now a casualty of opulence and real estate expansion, both of which aim to turn Bani Gala into a lucrative business venture at the cost of the environment. However, the CDA’s forest wing is taking action against tree-cutting under the Forest Act. The locality of Bani Gala has almost all necessary amenities for its residents including gas, electricity, water, a proper sewerage system, malls, schools, dispensaries, and hospitals. The security of the area is second to none since it is the home to VIPs like Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Importance of Bani Gala Islamabad from major locations nearby
- Imran Khan’s Residence (12 minutes’ drive from Rajput St.)
- Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s Residence (8 minutes’ drive from Rajput St.)
- Pakistan Colony (6 minutes’ drive from Rajput St.)
- Rawal Lake (15 minutes’ drive from Rajput St.)
- Lake View Park (15 minutes’ drive from Rajput St.)