Where would you go?

Last night I was chatting to some friends who had recently moved to Karachi and they were keen on exploring the city beyond their regular Clifton, Defence, and I.I.C. haunts. And I was stumped – other than the mazar, I couldn’t really think of many places in Karachi that might be worth a visit. I thought of National Stadium, but wasn’t sure if that was open to the public; Aga Khan is beautiful, but it is a hospital; and … well, help!

16 Comments so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Cy after reading your posts and your blog seems like you are sick of this country and this city , kindly pack up your bags and ask for asylum in England , after reading your comments they will surely allow you in the country

  2. SWA (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    how about sightseeing of some historic buildings? Or drive around in the rush in the old city on M. A. Jinnah road? the history there is spectacular. Even though its present inhabitants have rendered it dirty.

  3. kidal (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    -Parks: Safari, Hill, Askari, water theme parks, etc.
    -Historical buildings: Mohatta place, Frere Hall, Empress Market, etc.
    -Food outlets: restaurants, snack bars, burns road, etc
    -Traditional markets: Bori bazar, zainab market, etc
    -Others: Boat basin, one of the beaches, Tooba mosque…

    …just off the top of my head

    Some of the places may be crowded and not very clean. But I know of many tourists/visitors who enjoy these places, just because they want to experience something different…not some generic place that can be found in any city in the world

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    Cy: HAHA. Yar.. Might sound retarded, but there are times when I head to the airport. Then there is Malir Cannt, with a good Norani Restaurant *desi barbq*. Coastline (hawksbay, paradise point, cape monze). Highway walay restaurants. Goto rainbow center and buy a dozen dvds, watch em at home *ultimate experience*. Aurrr.. Parks arent the best place to go, since ‘even parks dont have a lot of plantation :/. But if you want you can goto Safari Park, Askari Park, Sindbad for a few good rides.

    Frankly, whenever I recommend any of my friends to Visit Karachi, I tell them clearly .. “Karachi is about Food and DVDs” :D

  5. Murtaza (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    Take them for a dhoraji gola ganda!

  6. Murtaza (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 1:28 am

    and i believe this is the time to go fishing…for about 3000 Rs..6-8 people can have a day of fun, and if you’re lucky a traditional sea food meal which is better than any chinese restaurant! Not for the sea sick and weak stomachs though.

  7. karachitte (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    how the sick old place alladin and what is that
    other crap in the same are

  8. Captain's Log (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 2:43 am

    CY , you talked of National Stadium as it is Soldiers Field or Yankies Stadium. You sure do not belong to Karachi :-). No real Karachite would ever dream of taking his guest to National Stadium :-).

    By the way am I wrong or there are people in Karachi who would think to take their guests to National Stadium ??

  9. Captain's Log (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 2:45 am

    I meant Yankees* in above comment

  10. faisal (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 3:36 am


    Pray tell, in what way whatsoever did this post exemplify Cy’s disgust or loathing for Karachi?
    And what gives you the right to arbitrarily order Cy to leave the country?


    “Take them for a dhoraji gola ganda!”

    Yeah! And then on to the AKUH to be diagnosed
    with their gastroentitis. But, seriously, my home in Karachi being close by in KDA 1, I have to admit those Dhoraji golas are out of the world and definitely worth the risk.

  11. Saqib (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 6:38 am

    I visited karachi last summer and wanted to see National Stadium so i just went to see if they would let me in. There were army personnel there but when we asked they said they would have to clear it someone but it should be OK.

    We got to go onto the field and take pictures and walk around it was great.(I was especially surprised because of stories people told me that you needed a sifarish to get things like that done). We didn’t need any of that, we just went and asked politely and they let us tour the place.

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    farhan: i wanted to ask the same thing? what tipped u off that cy is fed up with this city??

  13. verysmart (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Another interesting place can be HUB DAM .. but the weather needs to be quite cloudy for considering it to be a picnic there…. that too is sadly outside karachi….

    I think CY has a valid point here… we reallly dont have a decent place in this city.

  14. Kumail (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

    One place that I would unwind at once a month were the chawkandi tombs. Its a bit of drive, an hour or so on sharah-e-faisal, just across from FAST.
    Its a peaceful little spot and my and friends and i would just sit and chat over there in one of the bigger domes.
    I always found it a bit haunting around maghrib which made it the best time to be there.

  15. Gibran Ali (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

    Hey Cy,

    This is something that was hot on Karachi MetBlogs a while ago but kinda fell to the wayside but I think if you want to know about different/new places in Karachi that you might never have even heard of let alone seen check out wikimapia:

  16. noori (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 6:03 am

    l fully agree with Kumail. There is not a decent place in this city. Beaches are dirty, parks are unsafe…only if you are rich then can join some elite club, and l have to say that these clubs are very bored. We women event cant go alone to the cinema like in the west. There are only two choices, eating out or shopping.

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