Sindh coast of the Arabian
Sea / Indian Ocean, northwest of the Indus Delta.
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Karachi is the capital of the province of Sindh, and
the most populated city in Pakistan, sometimes known as the City of Light
and the City of Quaid after Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan. It
is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea / Indian Ocean, northwest of the
Indus Delta. The city is the financial and commercial centre as well as the
largest port of Pakistan.
Although touristically it is not the most
interesting place in Pakistan, the fast paced life-style of this mega-city
will have a big impact on you. There is a lot to do and see here such as
shopping, nightlife and eating out, far more than anywhere else in Pakistan.
With its wide sunny beaches, deep-sea fishing, yachting, golf and horse
racing all-year round you cannot get bored here.
Clifton beach, Mazar-e-Quaid, Masjid-e-Tooba, Port
Fountain Jet, Zamzama Commercial Area, Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum,
Pakistan Air Force Museum, Pakistan Maritime Museum, National Museum of
Pakistan, Karachi Expo Centre, Merewether Tower, Frere Hall, Khaliq Deena
Hall, Jehangir Kothari Parade, Governor's House, St Patrick's Cathedral,
Former Victoria Museum, Empress Market, KMC Building, Bhit Shah, Karachi Zoo
are the points to visit.
As Karachi faces the Arabian sea, it is also a major port, which along with
its international airport act as a hub for international trade, transport,
manufacturing and commerce. Karachi is the center of commerce although the
capital was moved to Islamabad in 1963. All major banks have their
headquarters in Karachi which even has its own stock exchange the Karachi
Stock Exchange (KSE).
Karachi Harbour, due to its geographical and strategic location was known as
the gateway to Asia. Considered as a safe Harbour since time immemorial. An
Ancient settlement, Karachi was a small fishing village in the early
Nineteenth Century. Historians identify it with its proximity to a place
from where a part of Alexander's Army, boarded the Greek Flotilla in 326
The bay also has its tourist side with 'Bunder boating'. Flat boats which
you can hire as a group to take you out into the bay to 'catch crabs', which
basically means sit and eat pre-caught crabs and local delicacies that they
will supply and enjoy any snacks and drinks you've brought along with you.
Near Karachi are many old cities with more historic sights that can be
visited as daytrips.
Karachi is home to some of Pakistan's important cultural
institutions. The National Academy of Performing Arts,  located in the
newly renovated Hindu Gymkhana offers a two year diploma course in
performing arts that include classical music and contemporary theatre. The
All Pakistan Musical Conference, linked to the 45-year old similar
institution in Lahore, has been holding its Annual Music Festival since its
inception in 2004. The Festival is now a well-established feature of the
city life of Karachi that is awaited anxiously and attended by more than
3000 citizens of Karachi as well as people from other cities.The National Arts Council (Koocha-e-Saqafat) also has musical
performances and Mushaira (poetry recitations). Karachi has a few museums
including the Mohatta Palace museum that regularly has exhibitions as well
as the National Museum of Pakistan. The Kara Film Festival organized
annually showcases independent Pakistani and international films and
The everyday lifestyle of Karachi differs substantially from that of other
Pakistani towns. The culture of Karachi is characterized by the blending of
Middle Eastern, South Asian and Western influences, as well as the status of
the city as a major international business centre. As a whole, there is
considerable diversity in culture, and this diversity has produced unique
cultural amalgam of its own type. Karachi also hosts the largest middle
class stratum of the country.
Mazar-e-Quaid or the National Mausoleum refers to the tomb
of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is an iconic symbol of
Karachi throughout the world. The mausoleum is situated at the heart of the
city, completed in 1960s. It is made of white marble with curved Moorish
arches and copper grills rest on an elevated 54 square meters platform. The
cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier
gifted by the people of China. Around the mausoleum there is a park fitted
with strong beamed spot-lights which at night project light on the white
mausoleum. The location is usually calm and tranquil which is significant
considering that it is in the heart of one of the largest global
megalopolises. The glowing tomb can be seen for miles at night. Liaqat Ali
Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Jinnah's sister, Mohtarma
Fatima Jinnah, are also buried besides Jinnah. Official and military
ceremonies take place here on special occasions, especially on 23 March, 14
August, 11 September, 25 December, 8 July and 30 July. Dignitaries and
officials from foreign countries also visit this place. The Mazar-e-Quaid is
now officially recognized as the National Mausoleum of the country.
Masjid e Tooba or Tooba Mosque is located in
Locally, it is also known as the Gol Masjid. Masjid e Tooba was built in
Defense Housing Society, Karachi. It is located just off main Korangi
Road. Masjid e Tooba is probably the largest single dome mosque in the
world. It is also major tourist attraction in
Masjid e Tooba is built with pure white marble. The dome of the Masjid e
Tooba is 72 meters (236 feet) in diameter, and is balanced on a low
surrounding wall with no central pillars. Masjid e Tooba has a single
minaret standing 70 meters high. The central prayer hall has a capacity of
5,000 people. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking
inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.
PAF Museum, Karachi is an Air Force museum and park
situated between PAF Base Faisal and Awami Markaz on main Shahra-e-Faisal at
The museum is open throughout the year for seven days a week. Pakistan Air
Force Museum is known for its well organized displays, rides and greenery.
The main museum is located inside the park and features all major Fighter
Aircrafts which were used by the Pakistan Air Force at display. Many
aircraft are also on display outside in the park and some in the hangar as
well, along with photo and weapon galleries. There is also a souvenir shop
where miniature jet models, key chains, shirts and other Air Force related
merchandise is available. A mosque and restaurant also cater the park.
National Museum of Pakistan
at Karachi was established in Frere Hall Building on 17th April 1950 replacing the defunct Victoria
Museum. The historic building of Frere Hall itself was built in 1865 as
tribute to Sir Bartle Frere, Commissioner of Sind in the last century. The
basic objective of establishing National Museum was to collect, preserve,
study, and exhibit the records of the cultural history of Pakistan and to
promote a learned insight into the personality of its people. Once the
Museum was inaugurated then the Government of Pakistan deemed it wise to
constitute an Advisory Council in 1950 with a primary duty to counsel the
Museum on the issues of enriching its collection through new acquisitions
and purchase of antiquities and works of Arts.
The Museum was shifted to the present premises (located in Burns Garden, Dr.
Zia-ud-din Road) in 1970. At that time there were only four galleries in the
Museum. However, at present there are a total of 11 Galleries in the Museum
including an exquisite “Quran Gallery”. As a matter of fact National Museum
has more than 300 copies of the Holy Quran, out of which around 52 rare
manuscripts are on display in “Quran Gallery”. The Museum also contains an
important collection of items relating to Pakistan's Cultural heritage. Some
other galleries display Indus Civilization artifacts, Gandhara Civilization
Sculptures, Islamic Art, Miniature Paintings, Ancient Coins and Manuscripts
documenting Pakistan's Political History. There is also an interesting
Ethnological Gallery with life size statues of different ethnicities living
in the four provinces of Pakistan.The Museum has a collection of 58,000 old coins (some dating from 74 Al-Hijra),
and hundreds of well preserved sculptures. Some 70,000 publications, books
and other reading material of the Archeology and Museums Department were
also shifted to the National Museum so that general public could see them.Every year National Museum holds around a dozen exhibitions on National Days
and other occasions. The Museum premises also has an auditorium with 250
Frere Hall is one of the few well-preserved buildings from
the days of the British Raj that still exists in Karachi.It was built in
honour of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere (1815-1884), who was known for
promoting economic development in Karachi. Situated almost in the centre of
Karachi, across the street from the Marriott Hotel and the US Consulate, and
adjacent to the Sind Club, the building itself forms the centrepiece of a
park know as Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah Gardens).
Due to security concerns, as well as the insistence of the US Consulate,
which faces Frere Hall, the park has largely been declared off-limits to the
Khaliq Deena Hall or Khalikdina Hall is located in
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Its full name is Ghulam Hussain Khaliq Deena Hall.
It is mainly used as a library.
Khaliq Deena Hall was used by the British authorities in 1921 as a court to
try Maulana Shaukat Ali and Maulana Mohammad Ali of Khilafat movement.
Jehangir Kothari Parade is located in
Clifton beach in
Access to the sea at Clifton is provided by
the terraced Parade known as the Jehangir Kothari Parade.
The site, owned by Mr.
Jehangir Kothari, an eminent Karachi citizen, who gifted
it along with a handsome donation Rs. 300,000 to the
Municipality for the development of recreational facilities.
The foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Bombay, Sir
George Lloyd on 10th February, 1919 and formally opened by
Lady Lloyd on 5th January, 1920. The Lady Lloyd Pier was
also opened by her on 21st March, 1921.
The Kiosk at one end of the parade, with its elliptical
roof structure, built in Jodhpur stone, has an octagonal
seat in the center and was used as a Bandstand in
yester-years. The pier is 1300 ft long, 15 ft wide and ends
in a 70 ft by 50 ft sea-side Pavilion constructed on piles.
Gizri limestone and Jodhpur stone were used for its
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral
which lies on Shahrah-e-Iraq, formerly known as Clarke Street, located near
the Empress Market in Karachi, Pakistan.
The first church in Sindh (except for possibly one in Thatta) was initially
built on the grounds of this cathedral in 1845, and was called St. Patrick’s
Church. It was in April 1881 that the present cathedral was opened, since
the Christian community grew in number, and the need for a larger place of
worship became apparent. Despite the construction of the new building, the
little church continued to function until it was destroyed by a storm in
The present-day cathedral is built in Gothic style; it measures 170 ft by 75
ft, and has the capacity to accommodate at least 1,500 worshippers at the
same time. It was designed by three members of the Society of Jesus: Father
Wagner, Brother Kluver and Brother Lau.
Empress Market is located in Saddar Town of Karachi, Sindh,
Pakistan. Empress Market was built in 1889 and was named in honor of Queen
Victoria, Empress of British Empire in South Asia. Empress Market is the
central shopping center of Karachi.
Manora, is a small island (2.5 km˛) located
just south of the Port of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The island is connected
to the mainland by a 12 kilometre long causeway called the Sandspit. Manora
and neighboring islands form a protective barrier between Karachi harbour
to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. The western bay of the
harbour contains endangered mangrove forests which border the Sandspit and
Manora island. To the east is Karachi Bay and the beach towns of Kiamari and
Clifton. The island is located at 24°48′00″N, 66°58′00″E
Hawke's Bay or Hawkesbay is a beach in Pakistan situated a
couple of kilometers away from Sandspit Beach near Karachi. Like Sandspit it
is rocky beach with natural beauty. Visitors enjoy swimming and camel
Hawkesbay is one of the beach in the world, where green marine turtles comes
to lay eggs. It one of the rare reptile species found at Hawkesbay.
Paradise Point, on the Arabian Sea, is a beach in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Paradise Point is a sandstone rock promontory with a
The beach has attractions for families and tourists, including beachside
horse and camel rides, amusement parks, restaurants, and swimming in the
Bundal Island is a small islands located in the Arabian
Sea off the coast of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Bandal, pronounced Bhandar by
local fishermen, is a twin island of Buddo and lies to its West. On Bundal
Island the tomb of Muslim sufi Yusuf Shah is located. The annual urs of 'Yusuf
Shah' which attracts thousands of coastal people to the island. The island
looked like a city during the urs. Churma and Buddo Islands are also located
near Bundal Island.
Sandspit Beach is situated north west of Karachi, Sindh,
Pakistan. It is a very famous tourist spot. The sea at Sandspit is very calm
and quiet from October to March and very rough during the monsoon.
Remarkable variety of marine life-algae, and crabs are found here. The
shallow water here are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. It has an unusual
rocky formation. Sandspit beach is quite a popular hangout and relaxation
spot in Karachi. Facilities at the Sandspit Beach includes boating and camel
The Sandspit Beach is also a nesting ground for Green and Olive Red
Turtles, implemented by the Sindh Wildlife Department over the past two
decades. In recent years the WWF-Pakistan has also become actively involved
in turtle conservation activities by establishing a Wetland Centre at the
Karachi is well connected with rest of the country by rail and road.
Karachi's Quaid Azam International airport
has air linkage to all over the country as well as all over the world.