I am going to be staying in Karachi for one week, and as it is my first time in Karachi I don't know much about the place and would like to explore the city, but with some advise from people who live there or who have visited Karachi before.
Please give some tips and advise on what there is to see and do in Karachi.
Depends how long are you going there for and what your purpose of visit is and where you are coming from. Our member PakMac has put together a thread about Karachi which you can have a look at and see what interests you. If you have specific questions then fire away and I would be happy to give you some input.
City of Quaid-e-Azam:
Karachi is commonly known as city of Quaid (Mohammad Ali Jinnah). Karachi is birth place of Mohammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid/ the progenitor) and has several buildings associated with his life. Wazir Mansion rented by Jinnah’s father when he moved in the early 1870 is now converted into museum possessed with Quaid’s personal paraphernalia. Quaid’s Tomb:
The tomb of the Quaid e Azam shows a shipshape fusion of traditional and modern Islamic architect. Standing on a 54 square meters platform, the white marble mausoleum has high arches filled with copper grills, a North African style. The cool and airy interior is adorned with Japanese tiles, a four tiered Chinese crystal chandelier and an Iranian silver railing around the cenotaph. There is a spectacular garden around the mausoleum. Beaches and Harbours:
An virtually uninterrupted line of beaches leads for several hundred kilometers west of Karachi, along Balochistan’sMakran coast into Iran. Few peregrine tourists would relish to take Pakistan or Karachi for beach holidays; however Clifton beach, the most proximate beach to the city is very popular picnic resort for the local Karachites and for Pakistanis as well. Several beaches like Sandspit, Hawkes Bay and paradise point can be reached by car in 45 minutes – local buses are withal available from Lea market but take one and half hour. French Beach at the center of the Hawkes bay is 40 km from Karachi, is for exclusive use for foreigners and privileged Pakistanis. KeamariHarbour:
It is strategically placed on the Arabian Sea. Karachi has thoroughly capitalized on this fine natural harbor to become the key port in Pakistan. Nowadays it has become a economic hub for Pakistan. It is withal a main source of ingress for the transit goods to Afghanistan and then to central Asia. Bazaars and Markets:
Being the most astronomically immense city of Pakistan Karachi gives a physical contact of incipient fashion advents and a very popular city for the shoppers.Saddar Bazaar is one of the old bazaars in Karachi and has numerous carpet shops, jewelry, and handicraft centers. Bohri Bazaar is famous for cloth markets whereas EmpressMarket is for vegetables and fruits. Jodia, Khajour and Sarafa Bazaars are famous for gold, silver and other precious jewelry. National Museum:
This is a quite immensely colossal museum covering all segments from Stone Age to today’s modern culture and life style. It commences with Pre and proto-historic gallery, Ghandaran gallery, Hindu sculptures and takes you to Islamic gallery and then to Liberation kineticism galleryand at the terminus withal visually perceive Ethnology gallery. One can facilely spend one to 2 hours visiting this remarkable museum. Mosques and Churches:
Tooba Mosque in Bulwark area of Karachi is a kind of a great symbol in the field of Islamic architect. It magnetizes lots of domestic and peregrine tourists. The single minaret of this mosque is 75 meter high. Memon mosque near Boulton market is equipollently traditional and impressive. There is withal number of Anglo-Indian churches in the city. St Andrew’s church on Liaqat Rd, St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral church on Shahrae Iraq, and Holy Trinity on the south of Saddar. Karachi Zoo and Dhobi Ghat:
Karachi Zoo on Nishtar road is not maintaining the international standard but to some extent it is an opportunity for the local animal doters. Wednesday is a ladies-only day and is plenary of colors. About one kilometer of the Zoo, on theLyariRiver is Dhobi Ghat; a fascinating and one of the most astronomically immense alfresco laundries in the world. It is stretching about one kilometer along the river bank of Lyari and is a great tourist magnetization in Karachi (no ingress fee). Shopping in Karachi:
Thomas & Thomas in Saddar and Ferozsons in Main Clifton and Sam Bookshop in Saddar are the best book shops in Karachi. The larges carpet seller is Afghan carpet warehouse in Clifton.
Zainab market in Saddar, Defence and Clifton markets are famous for habiliments shopping. Asian Leather Kraft, Dice Gifts and Mr Leather in Sheraton hotel, English Boot House in ZaibunNisastreet are the famous leather garment shops. Sightseeing & Excursions:
Full day Sightseeing tour of Karachi visiting Quaid’s tomb, Dhobi Ghat, Chaukunddi, Defence Mosque, museum, and Clifton beach.
Full day excursion for Thattha to optically discern the historical mosque Shah Jehan and Makli tombs.
Half day excursion for Bambhore.
Full day excursion to MoenjoDaro (BY AIR/ 30 minutes flight).
Half day excursion to Chokundi, withal visit Quaid’s tomb.