Tourist Sites in Karachi

Someone asked on Yahoo! Answers recently what were the tourist spots in Karachi. They come up with a comprehensive list of places which are classified as tourist spots, which is worth giving a look at if anyones planning to come this way. I know a lot of people have asked for this in the past, so im reproducing the list here as well. There are still a number of places which could be added here, but this list can get one started on their trip.

Credit: Yahoo! Answers

(The complete list follows after the jump)

Mazar-e-Quaid (National Mausoleum of Pakistan – Muhammad Ali Jinnah the Tomb of the founder or Founding Father) , Koocha-e-Saqafat (National Arts Council), Masjid e Tooba (Built with pure white marble, largest single-domed mosque in the world, Dome = 72 meters or 236 feet in diameter), New Memon Masjid, Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Road (Karachi’s Wall Street), Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan University Hospital

•Beaches and Waterfront
Manora Beach, Clifton Beach and the Jehangir Kothari Parade, Seaview, Clifton Beach, Hawke’s Bay Beach (breeding ground for endangered green turtles), Paradise Point (a rock promontory in the sea with a natural arch), Sandspit Beach, French Beach, Russian Beach, Port Fountain Jet (600 ft high pressure water fountain)
oZamzama Commercial Area (famous for its designer outlets and cafes)
oAbdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum (Ummayad general and Karachi’s patron Sufi saint)
oKarachi Expo Centre
Pakistan Air Force Museum, Pakistan Maritime Museum, National Museum of Pakistan, The Mohatta Palace Museum of Karachi and regional history
•Colonial Buildings
Merewether Tower, Frere Hall, Khaliq Deena Hall, Jehangir Kothari Parade, Governor’s House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, KMC Building, Sindh Assembly Building, Sindh High Court, Former Victoria Museum (later used by the Supreme Court), Hindu Gymkhana (now National Academy of Performing Arts), Empress Market, Sindh Club
Clifton Oyster Rocks, Manora Island, Bundal Island, Bhit Shah
•Parks / Amusement Parks
Bin Qasim Park (Old Clifton), Safari Park (University Road), Aladdin Park (Rashid Minhas Road), Sindbad, Karachi Zoological Gardens‚Äé (Gandhi Garden), Sea Views Park, Aziz Bhatti Park, Old Sabzi Mandi Park (University Road), Hill Park
•Farm Houses
Memon Farm House
Dream World Resort,
•Race Course
Race Course off University Road
Capri Cinema, Nishat Cinema, Prince Cinema, Lyric Cinema, Universe Cineplex (Clifton)
•Food Streets
Hyderabad Colony, Burns Road, Many other places like Clifton, DHA, Shahrah-e-Faisal, North Nazimabad, Karimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, etc.
•Art Galleries
Chawkandi Art, Clifton Art Gallery, Funkar Art Gallery, Kunj Art Gallery, Majmua – The Art Gallery, Momart, Studio Art, The Arts Council of Pakistan
Agha Khan Gymkhana, Auto Travel Club of Pakistan, Civil Aviation Club, Karachi Boat Club, Karachi Gymkhana, PAF Yacht Club, The Karachi Club, DHA Marina Club, Karachi

Manghopir receives many visitors from far away. They come to bathe in a hall where they are charged Rs 3 (US 5 cents) and Rs 5 (US 8 cents) for children and adults, respectively. Hot- and cold-water springs run side by side at Manghopir, whose waters are known for their healing properties, particularly for skin diseases. Another attraction are the crocodiles that live in a pond which people visit with animal sacrifices. Many legends surround the shrine of Hazrat Manghopir and the crocodiles. Some people believe that the saint came from Saudi Arabia while others believe that he hailed from Khurrasan and arrived here in the 13th century. Muslims and Hindus refer to him as Jaraj.

One can go to Gadani where all the shipbreaking used to occur back in the 70’s. There are still a ship or two being slowly broken up there, but it’s a far cry from the bustling activity of days gone by.

The government has embarked on the beautification of Karachi’s coastline by building a Beach park in Clifton that will eventually be connected to the Jehangir Kothari parade and Bagh Ibn- Qasim. There are other beaches near the city such as Sandspit, Hawke’s Bay, the French Beach, Russian Beach and Paradise Point (a sandstone rock promontory with a natural arch) that are frequented by visitors every day.

Karachi is dotted with many shopping areas, large and small, attracting large crowds of shoppers in the evenings. Saddar, Zainab Market, Handicrafts market, Gulf Shopping Mall, Bahadurabad, Tariq Road, Zamzama, Jamia Cloth Market, Zaib-un-nissa Street (Elphiniston Street) and Hyderi are the most famous shopping areas in the city. One can find all sorts of clothing, garments, and fabrics in Karachi’s bazaars, as well as a number of other items. The Saddar area in downtown Karachi is also home to countless large and small markets dealing from everyday household items to clothing and fabrics to electronics. Empress Market in Saddar is a large Victorian-era market, home to wholesalers of spices and other items. Some other notable shopping areas include Paposh Market and Hydari. Every Sunday, a weekly birds and animals market and a nursery is also held in Liaquatabad. Karachi also has a number of large modern shopping malls, among which the Park Towers, The Forum, Millennium Mall and Dolmen Mall are notable. More of these malls are currently being built, including the Atrium Mall, Jumeira Mall, IT Tower and the Dolmen City Mall.

Mangroves are best seen by hiring a local boat from Port Qasim. A local guide is needed, but the person you hire the boat from will arrange that. Exploring the Indus delta requires a local guide or two, for it is impossible to navigate otherwise. You can take a boat from Keti Bandar or Shah Bandar.

To the east, and slightly to the north about 20 miles from Karachi are the Chaukandi Tombs. There are numerous tombs dating back to the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. A visit to Thatta can be combined with a visit to the Chaukandi Tombs to make a round trip of about 8-10 hours. It’s a long drive, but extremely interesting. Thatta has a number of places worth visiting, and the city is in the World Heritage List. Alexander the Great stopped here for a short breather while he was about conquering the world.

Keenjhar lake (also known as Kalri) is just to the west of Thatta. One can bird watch, or just enjoy the water. Makli is 98 km from Karachi – if you leave 10am, you should arrive by noon. 3 to 4 hours is the time you need to see the tombs etc.

Don’t forget to buy glass bangles and to take a Camel ride on a Karachi beach !!!

5 Comments so far

  1. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    If anyone have any info on the “education city” in karachi please post a blog on that. Where is it? What is it? etc

  2. turab (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    what about go karting , al habib, al madina, al makkah and so many other attractions on super highway!

    soho water park near gharo!

    and couple other water parks on super highway…

    navy and airforce museum….

    funland in clifton … still has some great ridess…

    deep sea sport fishing

    cape mount, omara and gidani beaches..

    makli graveyard and other attractions near thatta,,, including kenjhar jheel (one of the biggest man made lakes)….

    education city is a huge i mean humongous area reserved for institutes including KU, szabist, AKUH, and etc…. if you go towards thatta then there is a road going to super highway near port qasim on your left side…. once on that connection you can’t miss the gigantic lots…

  3. turab (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    sorry mansoor i just realized that you did post about the thatta and surroundings…. mybad

  4. wasiq (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 4:58 am

    woh aabpara main namakpara ka house hai na centrally airconditioned kab sey khali parra hai rent pay ley lia karro tom ko kya zaroorat hai inn tommy log kay saath rehney ki….congress to maloom parr giya toh….

  5. iFaqeer (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 6:46 am

    Linked the Yahoo! Answers page from the Karachi page on WikiPakistan:

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