Pakistan's cosmopolitan city Karachi, is located on the
eastern coast of the Arabian Sea. It is the capital of the province of Sind and the former capital
of Pakistan. With a population of nearly 10 million (which is rising
rapidly), Karachi is undoubtedly the largest city of Pakistan accomodating
people from all regions and religions.
Being the largest and the most populous city of Pakistan,
Karachi presents an interesting and colorful combination of the old and
new traditions. The narrow twisted lanes and alleys of the old city throb
with life along-side the wide metalled roads and elegant modern buildings.
Within the city, one may find talented artisans with age-old skills
producing handicrafts of exquisite beauty.
Karachi is Pakistan's busiest commercial city hosting
great activities in trade, industry, education etc. It is an ultra-modern
city, equipped with the most modern cinemas, recreational clubs, hotels
and restaurants. sThe
sea is the most exciting and romantic part of Karachi. There are beautiful
beaches at Sandspit, Sommiani and Hawks Bay. These places are excellent
picnic resorts and with their peaceful and tranquil surroundings they
provide adequate fun and enjoyment to tourists and locals alike. Adding to
tourist attraction are numerous water related activities like yachting,
water-skiing and cruising etc. The presence of huge and tall buildings
have given Karachi a grandeur and majestic appearance. The Quaid (
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah) mausoleum is the most important monument
in Karachi. With all its splendor and beauty, The Quaid Mausoleum stands
gracefully in the heart of Karachi whereby combining classical oriental
architecture with modern day architectural designs. The Quaid's
birthplace, Wazir Mansion, has also been preserved as a national archive.
provide convenience to tourists, Karachi has a state-of-the-art
international airport accommodating flights from all over the world. It
has thus become the "Gateway to Pakistan". Karachi welcomes people from
all parts of the world. It pictures a mingling of varieties; old and new,
east and west. It looks as if, Karachi has truly absorbed the charm and
beauty of modern and conventional way of life. Offering a host of cultural
and social activities, Karachi has truly positioned itself to become a
famous tourist temptation.
Masjid-e-Toba, otherwise known as the Defense Mosque for
being situated in the Defense residential area, is Karachi's up mark. An
excellent example of modern Islamic architecture., built in 1969, this
Mosque is famous for its dome. It is 72m in diameter and is claimed to be
the world's largest concrete shell dome.
This palace is situated in the area of Clifton, built in
1933 in a Mughal Ghothic style with imposing domes and cupolas. The palace
was used as the residence of Quid-e-Azam's sister, Fatima Jinnah until her
death in 1967. It is also known as Qasr-e-Fatima Jinnah.
This beach is very near from the main city and is famous
for weekend outings. Developed as a health resort in the 19th Century by
the British, Clifton is now one of Karachi's most exclusive residential
area. People of all ages comes here to enjoy. Camel and horse owners offer
beach ride, there is a point called Clifton view point. The yellow sand
stone pavilion on the promenade, offers good views of the surrounding
area. Close by, there is a Hindu Temple called Shree Ratnewswar Mahdevi
known as the caves of Mahdevi and mentioned in the Hindu ancient religious
A visit to Karachi Fish Harbor can be particularly
rewarding when one sees hundreds of colorfully decorated and designed
boats bringing in their daily catch. Karachi has one of the best natural
harbours in the entire region and there is an abundance of prawns, crabs,
and different fish. It is a 15-minute drive from the main city.
80 Km North of Karachi, on the way to Thatta, 5km before
the village of Gharo, forming the end of a chain of street lakes, lie the
beautiful waters of Haleeji. A hundred thousand birds including over 75
species of waterfowl alone find sanctuary here during the winter time.
Flamingoes, Pelicans, Purple Gallinules, Pheasant, Tailed Jacanas, Herons,
Ducks, and the many migrant Cyberian birds can be seen here. This spot is
one of the best birds watching Paradise in the region.
An hours drives east of Karachi on the way to Thatta is
the famous tourist spot called Keenjar Lake. A resort which offers lake
fishing, boating, bird watching and a very peaceful atmosphere. The
excursion can also be extended to include Thatta, Chukundi Tombs, and
Archaeological site at Bambore.
Makran Cost /
The Gwadar port is being currently built by the Chinese
Government. The Makran Cost line extends over 754km from Lasbela
near Karachi along the Arabian Sea. The whole area is rich with
sandy unspoiled golden sunny beaches and offering variety of Arabian
sea food. Many of the Makrani people are dark skinned and have
African features with curly hair. Most Makrani people live on
fishing, date farming and camel breeding. In 326BC the Alexander
the Great marched half his army home along the inhospitable, Muhammad
Bin Qasim a great Muslim conqueror, came from Baghdad to Sindh
through Debal port to Makran Cost in 711 AD.
Located on the National Highway, 27 kms from Karachi, Chaukundi
tombs comprise of innumerable sandstone graves with strangely-carved
motifs, date back to 16th-18th centuries in Sindh. The Chaukundi
Tombs are archaeologically interesting. The tombs are constructed
out of slabs of rocks stacked into elongated pyramids of cubical
stones and carved with exquisite designs, the origin of which
remains a mystery.
About 64 kms (40 miles) east of Karachi is Banbhore,
an archaeological site which some scholars identify with Debal,
the port of city where the Arab General Mohammad Bin Qasim landed
in 712 AD. This site is believed to be the port city of Daibul
which flourished in 8th century AD. The museum at the site houses
a rich collection of painted pottery, coins and beads etc. Banbhore
is one of the Pakistan's old and most popular folk- stories Sassi-Pannu.