Google Earth – Karachi

Google has recently uploaded some very high resoulution satellite image and it has some very decent pictures of our city Karachi. The resolution is remarkable that you can almost recognize your own house. Check it out and maybe download the free version from Google Earth

I wish we can together come up with a way to mark off individual locations for all bloggers in Karachi

31 Comments so far

  1. umar (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 8:01 pm

    that would be a major security risk

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 9:42 pm

    Umar – good point did not think of that angle – Just to improve on the idea we could compile a tourist guide for all worth visting places in Karachi. A massive effort but it would be interesting to have

  3. alias (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    Woah! You weren’t kidding!

    This is truly awesome!

    At least now I won’t have to go around searching for satellite maps for making my Karachi Map.

  4. iFaqeer (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 12:02 am

    Please feel free to use the resources of WikiPakistan:

    to develop lists and pages. Permanently or temporarily. There’s a page for Karachi, which can be used as the index or home page:


  5. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

    You can upload your placemarks to the Keyhole Community BBS. During the next major Google Earth update, these placemarks will be available to all Google Earth users. There are already some people who have made pretty good placemark files for Karachi. Be sure to check out the forum. You can enable this in the bottom left corner, by enabling the “keyhole community bbs” layer.

  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    Khurram thank you for pointing the Google Earth BBS I did come across the placemarks for Karachi uploaded by Ramizq check out the forum discussion to download the detailed file.

    I saw a few errors but I think we all can somehow pitch in to improve this layout and hopefully in the next upgrade have Karachi listed in detail.

  7. misha (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

    My only gripe with Google Earth is that the satellite photos are disappointingly out of date, at least for Karachi. Not that there is no sign of the recently begun construction in Karachi and the old Sindbad’s (former Casino) building is still up in the photo available. I have heard, though, that the paid version of this software has more recently updated photos, which should be great fun to check out.

    For religious enthusiasts, do check out Medina, great details. :)

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 10:01 pm

    Misha – yes the pictures are dated back to April 2003. I don’t know why so outdated pics but even the source DigitalGlobe has April 2003 as the last set of images.

    I have installed the pro version of Google Earth and the images are exactly the same nothing new same old 2 yr old pics.

  9. Aman (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 10:15 pm

    Come on you cannot expect them to give you the latest satellite images of the planet :)

  10. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 4:41 pm

    A latest live video feed ala “Enemy of the State” would be highly appreciated ;)

  11. PECHS_WALA (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 10:42 pm

    I have been using Google Earth for a while…since it was called Keyhole. Karachi has been mapped surprisingly clearly compared to a lot of other global cities e.g. Mumbai. I was able to locate my house down to the level of the shrubs and trees around it. You can clearly identify planes parked at Jinnah Terminal. For those concerned about security…hey, Big Brother has been watching us for a long time.

  12. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 28th, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

    Did anyone try the Measure tool (in Tools -> Measure). I find it amazing. I measured the distance from my house (Gulshan-e-Iqbal) to my old office (Do Talwaar) and it showed me that it was exactly the same as I had measured with my car’s odometer (14.5km)!!! This thing is amazing!

  13. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 28th, 2005 @ 7:09 pm

    UPDATE I have taken the liberty to place 20 or so more placemarks on the Google Earth Map download the file from the
    Google Earth BBS

  14. khan (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 2:19 pm

    I have recently installed the google earth free software and yes it is amazing. The resolution of the pictures is great and yes i agree that karachi is mapped surprisingly clearly compared to other cities. I was looking for a detailed map for karachi for ages and now have found it atlast. The measure tool is also excellent. I have measured distances for a few places from my home and now i have some tool by which i can calculate the distance from the ease of my home.

  15. ashar (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 9:29 pm

    To avoid over-loading of public buses, govt should fined to the passenger not the drivers.

  16. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 1st, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

    Has anyone captured all the hi-res shots from Google Earth and prepared a single, detailed map of Karachi? If yes then please lead me to it. I need to calibrate it for my GPS. If not then I think it would be a great idea for someone who has the time. It would benefit a lot of people besides me. Thanks in advance!

  17. khan (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2005 @ 4:12 am

    I am thinking on the same line as you. I have captured a lot of shots of karachi and hoping to have the complete shots so that it could be made in one. But time is a luxury i don’t have, still i will try and complete this thing.

  18. ALI MANSUR (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 4:36 pm

    Making a consolidated map is a ver good idea but i think there is a better way of using the java stored files and make a software package which can be installed on any pc via flash drive and we can use the google earth browser to surf the city.

  19. Navaid Mansoor (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 4:50 pm

    This is in ref to Comments by Ali Mansur, here is the procedure for storing the java files.
    1) copy the c:\program files\java directory (containing the history of downloaded sites.
    2)install google earth on the new computer
    3) paste the copied java directory to the new system’s c:\program files directory
    4) run it once on the new computer and let it initialise once
    5)You are now ready to browse the history at high speeds without connecting to the net.

    Navaid Mansoor

  20. vazeer (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 3:28 am

    Hi dear
    nice works,but iam finding some deatiled pic of mohallas in karachi

  21. Adnan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 1:28 am

    Response to “Posted by: alias at August 24, 2005 11:03 PM”

    Is it possible to convert your PDF map to a high resolution .jpeg. I have access to VITO MapManager. It accepts a .jpeg along with some calibration points to create a VTM file. This file can be used with VITO’s SmartMap program as a dependable GPS map for Karachi.

  22. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

    Adnan, I have tried a software called GPSDash for my PDA. I will try out VITO MapManager and see how good it is. As for converting from PDF to JPG, the best program I have found is IntraPDF’s Advanced PDF to Image Converter. I made a couple of Dubai maps with it, but had no luck because GPSDash compresses the maps so much that the details are all but lost. As I said I plan to check out VITO.

  23. Ibrahim (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 5:38 pm

    I installed google earth on my pc a few days back, and this is really good, i have tried NASA earth imagery:, where i was able to locate my mohalla, I tried something called world wind, but was not able to get any significant details of karachi, using Google Earth I can easily spot my house. It works pretty good with my 56K modem connection even whenthe minimum required is 128K. Google earth is simply awesome, see how they have removed the clouds from the satellite images. I think the reason for not updating the images is that it would be difficult to remove the clouds. Microsoft is also starting such a service called MSN Visual Earth, but right now its only for US.

  24. shahid ali (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 2:36 am

    i want full karachi map,
    full of zoom map,which i can see by area,
    and can search everything,zoom all area,
    hope you understand what i say,
    thanks and takecare
    shahid ali

  25. mohummed (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 11:55 am

    all the images r old & iut dated. So if Some secret agent of RAW or MOOSAAD locates an F7 outside a tarmac @ PAF Masroor , he won’t be able to blow it off coz that image might be 2 years old.

  26. Farhan Siddiqui (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 10:40 pm

    Nearly all areas of Karachi are available on Google Earth. While on Indian government has convinced Google to remove central Bombay’s close up satellite photo. This is outragious.

  27. ali (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 3:22 am


    You can download the kml file and open it it in earth.goole. You can also upload it to the site so that your placemarks can be added to the Master file

  28. ali ahmed (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 7:43 am

    hi my name is ali how r u

  29. M.Arshad ayub (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 11:59 am

    i want full karachi map,
    full of zoom map ,close up satellite photo.,which i can see by area,
    and can search everything.

  30. Aamir (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    Reading the thread I figured out I wasn’t the only person looking for a decent map of karachi. Google Earth as good as it is, its a real image of karachi, but what would be more useful (for Karachites and Tourists alike) would be a map like which is a vector map which data on locations, routes and my favourite, eating places. has done a reasonable job, but it still isnt enough.
    I was thinking of making a vector flash map with all the details, mapping them against the Google Earth images and putting everything up in a online website. Why Flash? cause GIS is too darn complicated and would need much more time rather than someone brainlessly tracing Google map images to flash.

    Need comments, suggestions and volunteers. Oh btw I was thinking of using the mobile Flash SDK to put it on PDAs and Large Screen Cellphones as well.

    Crazy idea, but so crazy it might just work.


  31. Zag (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    Good luck with it :)

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