Things to remember while entertaining visitors from abroad…

So a friend of mine has recently visited from New Zealand for a few days, and his events inspired this post.

A few things to keep in mind while entertaining a visitor from abroad:

First of all, food to be avoided for weak stomachs includes: Chicken Tikka, salad bars and sides of veggies, filtered tap water, pani purri, road side snacks…

In the case that one of the above is ingested, then the proper therapy would be 1 sachet of ORS in 4 glasses of water, while taking flagyl pills to douse the acid build up in the stomach.

Next, places to visit to show off some of the highlights of Pakistani culture include: Camel rides at the beach, sea view dhol wala’s, boat basin’s chaat, bun kebabs, fresh agha’s juice, and finally sheesha.
The next day pursue a route around the city looking at the architecture of Quaid-e-Azzim’s tomb, and house, Mahata Palace and the Abdullah Shah Ghazi. The top it off with a tour through Zenaib Market for neat cultural items.

If anyone can recomend any other cultural hot spots to entertain visitors with, I’d love to hear your comments!

13 Comments so far

  1. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    Shop right in front of Sheraton (on PIDC’s side) got loads of great cultural objects……..not to be missed really good ones and great prices…..Itwaar bazaar wont be a bad idea either in case of ladies..

  2. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    truck art place…its an amazing place for foreigners !!
    beside tht sunday bazaar and the sea shell work shops near kemari !!

  3. Adil Mulki (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    I’d like to add a few of my favourite spots/ activities to be shared with visitors from abroad:

    1) A trip to the Chowkandi Tombs, and if time allows, covering Bhambore (Deebal) archeological site, Makli necropolis, and Thatta (Shahjehani mosque)- It is possible to cover all these in a single day.

    2) A trip to the Super Highway, starting from a visit to “Al-Asif Square” kebab walas to give the visitors of the Afghan/ Pakhtoon culture here. The Super Highway trip could them cover a dinner at “Makkah” restaurant and the “malishwalas” there :)

    3) A trip to the Manora Island (actually more of a penninsula). This could be carried out by road instead of the ferry ride from Keamari.

    4) A visit to “Botal Gali” is always interesting.

    Safety Precautions:
    Law and Order situation of the city should always be kept in mind, specially when visiting areas like “al asif square” or when travelling on the National Highway.

  4. Asim (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    You forgot to offer a visit to LANDA BAZAR at Light House

  5. Concerned (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    How abt the following:

    Quaid-e-Azam’s house in Kharadar
    Picnic at gadani
    Dinner at S&P village
    Sawarma at Qasr-e-Nakheel (boat basin)
    Katakat at Noorani
    Saji at Hasan square

    You might have a bit of stomach problems with the last two, but definetely worth it.

  6. MB (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    Javaid Nihari for sure

  7. SK (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    If your friend(s) is a nature lover take him/her to the turtle beach.

  8. Concerned (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 8:12 pm

    Sorry forgot one of the most important things to eat. RABRI. Not everyone likes it but definetely worth trying out.

  9. ash (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

    neoka flagyl is an antibiotic not an antacid. Its called metronidazole, its for anaerobes (bacteria). Dont take it every single time you have diarrhea, like all meds its got side effects which you can look up. And the widespread unneccessary use of these meds causes resistant strains which are very hard to treat.

  10. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    Karachi and Lahore, most polluted in Asia;

  11. Shahzad (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 1:02 am

    khi is polluted due to that transport mafia and rishwat khoori.

    And seriously this pollution is getting more day by day . I go daily on bike to Shahrah-e-faisal and i feel the smoke (rather than heat) every day.

    Dont know wats gona happen wid this “Jadeed and taraqi Yaafta” city in future

    Every single sub way has been dug by oour hard working ( or hardly working ) govt.

  12. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    I see a lot of FOOOODs….. thats great that Karachiites love food that much they must be extremely healthy, chiseled, buffed, muscular and beautiful people…. ?

    How about any places that show the national character, innovation, scholarship, scientific lead and wisdom…?

  13. wasiq (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 7:01 am

    Yaar Neoka….this food advisory must be only for the visitors from british commonwealth countries….i tried to stop the american kids here ….woh pura thella khareed laay subah sey kharahey hain…..kya karoun..?


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