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The Best Tourist Attractions
Quaid-E-Azam’s Mausoleum Liaquat Hall / Bagh-E-Jinnah National Museum Of Pakistan / Burns Garden
1956-1960 AD 1863-1865 AD 1960-1969 AD
Masjid-E-Tooba Mongho Pir’s Shrine Mohatta Palace
1966-1969 AD 13th Century AD 1925-1927 AD
Wazir Mansion Mereweather Tower St. Patrick’s Cathedral
1860-1870 AD 1884-1892 AD 1845-1885 AD)
Empress Market Clifton Beach And Funland Sindh High Court
March 21st 1889 AD 20th Century AD 1906-1926 AD
Chaukundi Tombs Banbhore Haleji Lake
15th and 18th Centuries AD 712-1250 AD Birds Sanctuary
Makli Necropolis Bin Qasim / Beach Park Port Fountain
1352-1651 AD 2002-2007 AD World's 2nd Tallest 2006 AD
 
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Karachi Weather Forecast

Karachi is the Capital of Sindh Province.

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Karachi -The Capital of Sindh

Karachi - The Capital of Sindh:
Karachi the capital of the Sindh, is the largest city of Pakistan. Karachi’s port, on the Arabian Sea, transports goods to seven other countries. Karachi is also the pinnacle for distribution of goods throughout Pakistan, Afghanistan, and land locked Central Asia, making it a strategic centre for commerce and industrial trade. In addition Karachi offers financial and business resources, publishing, media, and television productions, as well as medical and educational research facilities. Karachi also known as a city of beaches.

Pakistan's capital (1947-1958):
District Karachi was chosen as the capital city of Pakistan and accommodated a huge influx of migrants and refugees from India to the newly formed country. As a consequence, the demographics of the city also changed drastically. However, it still maintained a great cultural diversity as its new inhabitants arrived from the different parts of the India. In 1958, the capital of Pakistan was shifted from Karachi to Islamabad and Karachi became the capital of Sindh. Large no. of rufugees migrated from India and embarked Karachi as the city of lights.

WHAT TO SEE?
Tropical plant life flourishes here in this sea port city having numerous gardens and parks with towering palms. Be sure visit the Karachi Zoological Gardens and Kirthar National Park. Karachi offers many pleasant attractions like miles of sea coast beaches, yachting, and deep sea fishing. There are a plethora of places of tourist attractions in Karachi like Mazar-e-Quaid, Bin Qasim Park, Mohatta Palace. Clifton Beach exudes a mesmerizing beauty of Arabian Sea..
WHAT TO EAT?
Karachi is famous for its cusines. Casbah, Bar -B-Q Tonight , Chawal Inn ,Copper Kettle are some of the important restaurants of Karachi. Biryani and Sohan Halwas are very popular in food items.

SHOPPING:
Saddar , Bohri Bazaar , Zainab are some of the renowned market places of Karachi . A plethora of items are available with special focus on the local handicraft items designed by the indigenous craftsmen . The shopping malls are also available in Karachi. The popular shopping malls are Park Towers and The Forum.

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Karachi At A Glance
  Elevation & Area: 22 metres above sea level 3527 Sq kms (approximately)  
  Population: 22.5 million (2012)  
  Local languages: Urdu, Sindhi, English are widely spoken  
  Best time to visit: Between the months of October March  
  Climate: Warm in summer and cold in winter  
  Type of Clothing: Tropical in summer and woolen in winter  
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History of Karachi

History of Karachi:
The area of Karachi, in Sindh, Pakistan was known to the ancient Greeks by many names: Krokola, where Alexander the Great camped in Sindh to prepare a fleet for Babylonia after his campaign in the Indus valley; 'Morontobara' port (probably the modern Manora Island near the Karachi harbor), from where Alexander's admiral Nearchus sailed for back home; and Barbarikon, a sea port of the Indo-Greek Bactrian kingdom. The Arabs knew it as the port of Debal, from where Muhammad Bin Qasim led his conquering force into Sindh (the western corner of South Asia) in AD 712. According to the British historian Eliot, parts of district of Karachi and the island of Manora constituted the city of Debal.[citation needed]

According to legend, the city started as a fishing settlement, where a fisherwoman, Mai Kolachi, settled and started a family. The village that grew out of this settlement was known as Kolachi-jo-Goth (The Village of Kolachi in Sindhi). When Sindh started trading across the sea with Muscat and the Persian Gulf in the late 18th century, Karachi gained in importance; a small fort was constructed for its protection with a few cannons imported from Muscat. The fort had two main gateways: one facing the sea, known as Khara Dar (Brackish Gate) and the other facing the adjoining Lyari river, known as the Meetha Dar (Sweet Gate). The location of these gates corresponds to the present-day city localities of Khaaradar (Khārā Dar) and Meethadar (Mīṭhā Dar) respectively.

During the rule of the Mughal administrator of Sindh, Mirza Ghazi Beg the city was well fortified against Portuguese colonial incursions in Sindh. During the reign of the Kalhora Dynasty the present city started life as a fishing settlement when a Sindhi Balochi fisher-woman called Mai Kolachi took up residence and started a family. The city was an integral part of the Talpur dynasty in 1720.

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How To Get There

How To Get There?
Karachi is connected to the rest of the world via Jinnah International airport, the largest and the busiest airport of the country. Most of the international flights come to Pakistan at Karachi. Karachi also has a sea port in the arabian sea. The largest shipping ports in Pakistan are the Port of Karachi and the nearby Port Qasim.
These seaports have modern facilities and not only handle trade for Pakistan, but also serve as ports for Afghanistan and the land-locked Central Asian countries. Karachi is linked by rail to the rest of the country by Pakistan Railways. The Karachi City Station and Karachi Cantonment Station are the city's two major railway stations. Karachi is also connected to other cities by hiughways.

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Cuisine and Restaurants

Cuisine and Restaurants:
Pakistani food is rich, spicy and delicately flavoured. Favourite dishes are; chicken, meat and vegetable curries, pulao (rice cooked with meat), seekh Kabab and tikka Kabab (minced meat or meat pieces grilled on skewers).

Traditional and Modern Restaurants

No Names Address and Contact Nos
1 Coconut Grove Arts Council Bldg. M.R. Kayani Rd. Tel 5626975
2 Bar BQ Tonight 5/1 Boat Basins Block 5 Clifton: 5832841
3 Copper Kettle Mall Square, Zamzama 1 Defence-5: 5878886
4 Dolphin Restaurant 14E 26th Street, Defence-5 (Tel: 583-6015 Fax: 568-558)
5 Arizona Grill Zamzama Road
6 Korean Restaurant Abdullah Haroon Road.Opp. Hotel Metropole Tel: 568-2402, 568-7607 41.
7 Café Grand Ming Court, 16C Stadium lane-1, Off KhyeShamsher Near French Bakery, Defence Housing Authority Tel: 584-1694
8 Pizza Hut (three locations)(i)World Trade Centre, Khayaban-e-Roomi, Block 5, Clifton and Sahaeed-e-Millat Road TEL 587-2081/2. 455-8574 Fax: 4526873
9 Summar Palace Shell Promendade, Block-3 Plots 2&3 Clifton
10 Wimpy’s Khayaban-e-Romi, Clifton. Tel: 5871466
11 Yuan Tung Restaurant (Chinese), 173P, Block-2 PECHS Opposite English Boot House. Tel: 454-8231, 545-6624-5452934
12 Kentucky Fried Chicken (K.F.C.) Tel: 4970018-9, 8118476
13 Lal Qila Shah-e-Faisal. Tel: 4388363-4
14 Déjà vu Zamzama Blvd.
15 Salt & Pepper Village Seaside

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Port Grand - Karachi Food Street

Port Grand - Karachi Food Street:
Port Grand Project is a food, shopping and entertainment complex which has been built with over Rs. 1 billion investment by Grand Leisure Corporation. Port Grand project is a 13-acre world-class facility that has been designed and built in collaboration with top international architects/designers who employed the latest technology and building techniques to deliver a state of the art facility. About 40 outlets are being made operational at this stage while more outlets would be opened soon. The entry fee for the Port Grand would be Rs. 300 per person out of which Rs. 200 would be redeemable at different food outlets and shops inside the project.

The native jetty bridge has been entirely rebuilt to ensure a world-class tourist destination and a source of pride for Karachites that would ultimately attract millions of people from all over the country and beyond. Visitors would come to Port Grand not only for food and entertainment but for over a hundred different concepts at port grand that includes free wifi, port bazaar, bookstore, florist, Art lane, gift and antiques etc.

Parking for over eight hundred cars with complimentary valet service, and pristine public restrooms and Plenty of Pedestrian friendly walkways are additional attractions at the project. The few trees that existed on the site, have been preserved and replanted. The 150 years old Banyan tree has been treated with greet care making its home for an iconic tavern known as the Napier’s tavern that sits at the edge of the Napier Mole Bridge. GLC has installed a special irrigation system in the tree to give it an even longer life. Port Grand is also one of the first projects in the City that has been dedicated to building an open eco-friendly/ green environment, with special focus on urban regeneration. Port Grand is going to be a model for lot of good to be followed in the city.

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Distances From Karachi
  Thatta 101 kms  
  Hyderabad 163 kms  
  Sehwan Sharif 300 kms  
  Mohenjodaro 563 kms  
  Sukkur 450 kms  
  Quetta 595 kms  
  Sadiqabad 490 kms and 566 Kms from Lahore  
  Rahim Yar Khan 634 kms and 543 Kms from Lahore  
  Bahawalpur 889 kms  
  Multan 932 kms  
  Lahore 1311 kms  
  Islamabad / Rawalpindi 1591 kms via GT Road,
1692 kms Via Motoway
 
Excursion Distances from Karachi
  Chaukundi Tombs 27 kms  
  Banbhore 64 kms  
  Haleji Lake 70 kms  
  Sea View (Clifton Beach) 20 kms  
  Manora Island 35 kms by Road and 8 kms by Ship/Sea  
  Hawksbay Beach (Turttle's Island) 16 kms  
  Gidani (Ship Breaking Yard) 50 kms  
  Keenjhar Lake 115 kms  
  Makli Necropols (Thatta) 98 kms  
  Mongho Pir’s Shrine 50 kms  
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Quaid-E-Azam's Mausoleum

QUAID-E-AZAM'S MAUSOLEUM (Jinnah's Tomb):
This white marble Mausoleum with its curved Moorish arches and copper grills rests on an elevated 54 sq. Metres platform completed in the 1960s, is situated at the heart of the city. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the Peoples Republic of China. The memorial slab framed with silver railings, draws people from far and wide who come to pay their respects and watch the impressive changing of the guards ceremony that takes place thrice everyday. Today the Quaid-e-Azam?s Mausoleum is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi. Nearby are the graves of the Quaid-e-Millat, Laquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Quaid?s sister, Mohatarma Faitma Jinnah.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Gujarati: was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan.

Important Highlights of Muhammad Ali Jinnah:
Born: December 25, 1876, Karachi, Pakistan
Died: September 11, 1948, Sind Province
Burried: at tomb of Quaid-e-Azam, completed in 1960s
Age / Life: 72 Years (1876 - 1948) A.D.
Buried: Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Children: Dina Wadia
Spouse: Maryam Jinnah (m. 1918–1929), Emibai Jinnah (m. 1892–1893)
Parents: Mother - (Mithibai Jinnah), Father - (Poonja Jinnah)
Siblings: Fatima Jinnah, Shireen Jinnah, Ahmad Ali, Bunde Ali, Rahmat Ali
Organizations Founded: All-India Muslim League (1913) A.D. »» See More. . .

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Liaquat Hall / Bagh-E-Jinnah

Liaquat Hall / Bagh-E-Jinnah:
Liaquat Hall is surrounded by the Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah Garden). Originally called Frere Hall, it was once used as Town Hall where, during colonial days, concerts and social events were held regularly. This two storey Venetian Gothic building now houses the Liaquat Municipal Library on the ground floor and an art galley on the first floor. Named after one of Pakistan?s renowned artists, Sadquain, the gallery displays a permanent collection of the artist?s work. Sadquain spent last year of his life, painting a huge mural on the ceiling of the gallery bur, sadly, did not live to complete it.

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National Museum Of Pakistan / Burns Garden

National Museum Of Pakistan / Burns Garden:
This museum, on Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, contains an important collection of items relating to Pakistan?s ancient heritage. Well-arranged galleries display Indus Civilization artifacts, Gandhara sculptures, Islamic art, miniature paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts documenting Pakistan?s political history. There is also an interesting ethnological gallery. The construction work was completed in 1960?s.

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Masjid-E-Tooba

Masjid-E-Tooba:
Masjid e Tooba or Tooba Mosque is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Locally, it is also known as the Gol Masjid. Masjid e Tooba was built in 1969 in Defense Housing Society, Karachi. It is located just off main Korangi Road. Masjid e Tooba is often claimed to be the largest single dome mosque in the world. It is also major tourist attraction in Karachi. Masjid e Tooba is built with pure white marble.
The dome of the Masjid e Tooba is 72 meters (236 feet) in diameter, and is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars. Masjid e Tooba has a single minaret standing 70 meters high. The central prayer hall has a capacity of 5,000 people. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end. This mosque was designed by Pakistani architect Dr Babar Hamid Chauhan.

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Mongho Pir's Shrine

Mongho Pir's Shrine:
Located 16 km north of Karachi, the shrine of Saint Mangho Pir, stands below a mosque built on a rocky hillock. There are numerous legends connected with the saint and the crocodiles inhabiting a shallow pool near it. Legends has it that the crocodiles- a few that are now left, are of a rare and almost extinct species ? were originally the lice that leapt out of the saint?s hair.
Pir Mangho, according to one version, came to Sindh from Bokhara in 13th century. Soon after, he miraculously caused thermal springs to gush from a rock and date palms to shoot out from the ground. The saint, who is said to have died at the age of 150 years, had made his home in a cave for 40 years from where he had spread the message of Islam.


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Mohatta Palace

Mohatta Palace:
The Mohatta Palace is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, an ambitious self-made businessman from Marwar as his summer home in 1927. The architect of the palace was Agha Ahmed Hussain. However, Mohatta could enjoy this building for only about two decades before independence of Pakistan and he left Karachi for India. He built the Palace in the tradition of stone palaces in Rajasthan, using pink Jodhpur stone in combination with the local yellow stone from Gizri. The amalgam gave the palace a distinctive presence in an elegant neighbourhood, characterised by Mughal architecture which was located not far from the sea.

After Mohatta's departure to India, the Government of Pakistan acquired the building to house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1947. Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, moved into it in 1964.[1] In the '60s Mohatta Palace was dubbed Qasre-e-Fatima, becoming the hub of her presidential campaign against President Ayub Khan. After her questionable sudden death, her sister Shireen Jinnah moved in to occupy the ground floor for many years. With her death in 1980, the palace was sealed.

In 1995 it was purchased by the Government of Sindh for its conversion into a Museum devoted to the arts of Pakistan. As a result of the interest taken by the Government of Sindh who took over the ownership of the property and appointed an independent board of trustees headed by the Governor, to formulate recommendations on how best to adapt and use the palace. The trust was established to manage the property and ensure that it would not be sold or utilised for commercial or any other purpose other than that stipulated in the trust deed. Funds for the acquisition of collections for the museum and the construction of an extension will be raised by the trustees through private and public grants, donations and other fund raising activities. The Museum formally opened in 1999. Behind the building can be found a small collection of "English" statues such as Queen Victoria, soldiers of the Raj.

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Wazir Mansion (Jinnah's Birth Place)

Wazir Mansion:
Foremost among Karachi's historic buildings, is the birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The house is a balconied, three-storied structure on Newneham Road, located in Kharadar, one of the oldest residential areas of the city. The house has been declared a protected national monument.

Wazir Mansion is a building, located in Kharadar, that is the birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
It was built during the period 1860 and 1870 AD. It now serves as a museum and national archive. The house has been declared a protected national monument by the Government of Pakistan.

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Mereweather Tower

Mereweather Tower:
Positioned as the landmark of Karachi’s main business centre, Mereweather Tower is another historical monument of Karachi. It stands 35 meters high and carries a four- faced clock. The Tower construction work was completed and opened for the public by Sir Evans James in 1892. The Tower was constructed in the memory of Sir William L. Mereweather who was the Commissioner of the Sindh.

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Karachi)

Saint Patrick's Cathedral:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi, is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq, formerly known as Clarke Street, located near the Empress Market in Karachi, Pakistan.

The first church in Sindh (except for possibly one in Thatta) was initially built on the grounds of this cathedral in 1845, and was called St. Patrick’s Church. It was in April 1881 that the present cathedral was opened, since the Christian community grew in number, and the need for a larger place of worship became apparent. Despite the construction of the new building, the little church continued to function until it was destroyed by a storm in 1885.

The present-day cathedral is built in Gothic Revival architecture; it measures 52 metres by 22 metres, and has the capacity to accommodate at least 1,500 worshippers at the same time. It was designed and realized by three members of the Society of Jesus: The design of the cathedral was conceived by the architect Father Karl Wagner, SJ and the construction was supervised by the lay Brothers George Kluver, SJ and Herman Lau, SJ.

In 1978 the cathedral celebrated its centenary. The Pakistan Post Office issued special commorative stamps on the occasion. Pope John Paul I sent special greetings and blessings on the occasion.

In November 1991 the cathedral was visited by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro of Karachi also spoke on the occasion.[4]
A bomb exploded inside the Cathedral causing an injury and destruction. The explosion on December 22, 1998, occurred minutes after the congregation celebrated Mass. Most people had departed when the bomb went off. One woman was wounded and there was partial damage to the interior of the 120-year-old Cathedral

In 2003, the cathedral was declared as a protected monument because of its outstanding architectural beauty under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Protection Act.

The Cathedral, with a seating capacity of 2,000, used to be the biggest Catholic church in the country.

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Empress Market Saddar

Empress Market Saddar:
Saddar is in downtown Karachi and is home to countless big and small markets dealing from everyday household items to electronics where Empress Market is worth visiting.

Built by the British to commemorate the silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign in Indo-Gothic style, it was named after the Empress Victoria. This fine building consists of four galleries, an atrium and a grand clock tower which is 140 feet high.

Prior to its construction, the location of the Empress Market served as an execution site for the British, and it was not until March 21st 1889, that it opened as a market to the Public. Empress Market is not just a market – it is a symbol of Karachi’s glory from the days of the British rule.
It is situated in "Saddar" area which means "heart of the city". It is a great market. You can buy every thing from meat to vegetables, spices to dry fruits and fresh fruits from here.
Market has several sub markets where you can buy specific items. Like:

1. Dry Fruit Market: Where all type of dry fruits including different type of Almonds, Cardamom, Walnuts & different types of Dates are available throughout the year.
2. Birds & Pets Market: All kind of pet Animals specially Birds like Parrots, pigeons etc. are available.
3. Meat Market: Number of Large shops of Mutton, beef & chicken are present in Empress Market.
4. Fruit & Vegetable Market: All kind of seasonal / off seasonal fruits & vegetables can be purchased from here.
5. Groceries Items: All Groceries can be bought here.

The good thing about shopping at the Empress market is that you can get great bargains.
This place, Empress Market, should also be put in Shopping Category. Because Empress Market is famous for its Architecture as well as it is a great Shopping place.

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Clifton Beach And Funland

Clifton Beach and Funland:
Close to the popular seaside of the city, is Clifton Beach, where Karachiites flock to on weekends and holidays. Scattered along the shore are numerous stalls selling handicrafts made from seashells. Clifton has an amusement park with a bowling alley, and an aquarium.

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Sindh High Court

Sindh High Court:
Built in the Renaissance style, this magnificent sandstone building is a combination of local and Roman styles of architecture. It is embellished with cupolas, balconies and tall Roman style columns.

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The Tombs of Chaukundi

The Tombs of Chaukundi:
Chaukundi is located along the National Highway, just 17 miles (27 kilometres) from Karachi. The Chaukundi tombs comprise of innumerable sandstone graves with mysteriously-carved motifs, dating back to 16th - 18th centuries in Sind. The most distinguishing features of these graves are the superb carvings and engravings on the sandstone slabs with floral motifs, designs of jewellery, horses and swords. »» See More. . .

CHAUKUNDI TOMBS has been included in World Heritage Tentative Site List By UNESCO Since 1993.

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Banbhore (An Archeological Site)

Banbhore:
This archaeological site is believed to be the ancient port city of Debul, which flourished during the 8th century AD. It is also where the Arab conqueror Mohammad Bin Qasim first touched the shores of South Asia in 712 AD, and where, after a fierce battle with the then reigning king, the Arabs consolidated their hold for subsequent expansion.

Banbhore is 64 kms from Karachi. Popular folklore has it that is in the vicinity of Banbhore was the trysting-place of the star-crossed lovers, Sassi and Pannu, much celebrated in local performing arts.

BANBHORE has been included in World Heritage Tentative Site List By UNESCO Since 2004.

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Haleji Lake

Haleji Lake:
Asia's most diverse water fowl reserve and a very popular Karachi Attraction, Haleji Lake is approximately 52 miles (84 kilometres) from Karachi. During winter, hundreds of migrant birds fly down to Haleji to escape the cold of Siberia.
Haliji Lake is a paradise for bird-watchers and is the largest bird sanctuary in Pakistan. Every winter thousands of migratory birds come from as far as Siberia to this location to find refuge.

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Makli Hill Necropolis

The Makli Hill (Thatta):
The Makli (Thatta) - Driving further, about 101 Kms from Karachi world’s largest necropolis. It is said to contain more than one million graves spread over an area of 15 Sq. km. Here in eternal sleep, lie saints and scholars, philosophers and soldiers of a by gone era – an era renowned for its culture and learning. The gravestones and mausoleums at Makli are masterpieces in stone-carving and netted stonework, representing different eras and dynasties, distinguishable by the styles of their ornamentation. The areas cover the Summa period (14th to 16th centuries), the Tarkhan & Arghun period 16th century), and the Mughal period (16th to 18th centuries)
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MAKLI HILLS re-designated as a World Heritage Site By UNESCO in 1981.

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Bin Qasim / Beach Park (Karachi)

Bin Qasim / Beach Park:
Bin Qasim Park is also called (Bagh Ibne Qasim) located in Clifton near Abdullah Shah Gazi Mazar, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It's a biggest park created on 130 acres of land it’s almost (0.53 km2). This park was first introduced by President Pervez Musharraf in Feb 27, 2007.
The old Clifton park was replaced by this Bin Qasim Park, its attractions include a rose bushes, green lawns, tall plants, wonderfully imprinted fountains, good wood and marble benches, toilets well maintained, clean, paved paths, play areas for kids, a large dinosaur statues, a turtle pond with turtles and exist food courts and memento shops. Many families comes on beach also visit this park enjoy green garden, fast food & rides for fun and entertainment.

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Port Fountain - World's Second Tallest Fountain (Karachi, Pakistan)

Port Fountain:
Port Fountain - World's Second Tallest Fountain (Karachi, Pakistan)
The Port fountain is the worlds latest fountain and rises to height of 620 feet when operating at full force. The fountain is located next to the Northern rock of a series known as Oyster Rocks, off the Karachi harbour. Ever since its inauguration by the President of Pakistan on 15th Jan 2006, the fountain has been attracting visitors from all over Pakistan. The fountain structure and platform of 135 sq meters (15m x 9m) is on 16 piles 18 meters deep. Two 835-horsepower turbine pumps deliver nearly 2000 liters of sea water per second at a velocity of 70 meter per second through specially designed 8 inch nozzles. Because the fountain rises so high into the air, it is quite easily seen from many locations of the city. Many high rise apartments, buildings and surroundings overlook the fountain throughout the community at the beach. The column of water can be seen from miles at sea. The fountain is located 1.4 km away from the beach to avoid spraying neighbourhood homes. Maximum vapours travel up to a radius of 500 feet around the fountain. Eighteen flood lights of 400 watts illuminate the fountain at night.

In a TV program, Minister for ports and shiping Pakistan "Dr. Babur Ghauri" said, he is now planning to construct some fast food outlets and restaurants in the surroundings of the fountain. He said it will give a chance to visitors to watch the beauty of fountain closely and enjoy their meal more with sitting at the centre of the beach.
On evening of 15th January 2006, people crowded the Clifton beach to witness the inauguration of the fountain with a grand display of fireworks and to see its stream of water magically turn blue at night!
Current hours of Operation 6 p.m. - 12 p.m. daily except Mondays and Tuesdays. Boat rides available from Boat Basin, Keamari.

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Recreation And Sports

Water Sports:
Bunder boating in Karachi is a pleasant experience. A catch of crabs and fish are cooked and served aboard the boat by the crew. Bunder boats are available at Kemari and if required, the crew provides the bait as well as tackle and other fishing gear. Facilities for deep-sea fishing are available which must be arranged in advance. Prices should always be negotiated and fixed beforehand. On a moonlit night, it is a treat to sail up the sheltered harbour from Kemari to Sandspit.
Yachting
Yachting continues in Karachi all year round. It is a wonderful sight to see the multicolour sails of the yachts in the harbour, contrasting with blues of the sea and the sky.
Karachi Golf Club
Golf, a popular sport in Karachi, is played on an 18-hole green course throughout the year. Visitors to the city are welcome to play for a small fee.
Fayzee Rehamin Art Gallery
The Fayzee Rehamin Art Gallery and Reference Library of Fine Art Books (Awain-e-Rifat) on M.R. Kiyani Road is a favourite haven for art lovers and students.

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Shrines

Famous Sufi Shrines:
The Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi:

Abdullah Shah Ghazi was the great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad from the linage of Hasan Ibne Ali Ibne Abu Talib [citation needed], making him a member of the Ahl al-Bayt.

The growing popularity of Abdullah Shah caused concern amongst the Ummayyad dynasty who dispatched an army to Sindh. The Ummayyads, and their successors the Abbasids, were known for their hatred of the Banu Hashim (the tribe of Prophet Muhammad and Hadrat Ali ibn Abu Talib) and mercilessly tracked and killed thousands of members of this tribe.

Abdullah Shah was on a hunt in what is now present day Karachi, when the Ummayyad army intercepted his party. Out numbered, Abdullah Shah still chose to fight rather than submit to the Umayyad army. It is because of his display of valor in the face of the Ummayyad army that Abdullah Shah was given the honourable title of "Ghazi" meaning "victorious".
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Lal Shahbaz Qalandar:
Syed Usman Marwandior known as Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (1177–1274), a Sayed Sufi saint, philosopher, poet, and qalandar. Born Syed Hussain Shah,he belonged to the Suhrawardiyya order of Sufis.

He preached religious tolerance among Muslims and Hindus. His mysticism attracted people from all religions. He was called Lal (red) after his usual red attire, Shahbaz due to his noble and divine spirit, and Qalandar for his Sufi affiliation. Hindus regarded him as the incarnation of Bhrithari. Thousands of pilgrims visit his shrine every year, especially at the occasion of his Urs. »» See More. . .

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Art Galleries
No Art Galleries Address and Contact Nos
1 Art Collector’s Gallery Near Submarine Roundabout, Defence
2 Chawkundi Art 105, Marine Point Building Block-9 Clifton.Tel: 5871025
3 Clifton Art Gallery 11. Al-Habib Apartments Off Main Clifton Road, Clifton (Behind Shell Petrol Pump)Tel: 5875827
4 Gallerie Sadequain Bagh-e-Jinnah, Top Floor (Across Marriott Hotel) Tel: 9204325
5 Indus Gallery 50-A/1, Street 1, Bath Island, Tel: 5872338
6 Momart Anum Classic 1st Floor,Sahrah-e-Faisal Opposite Duty Free Shop. Tel: 453-0725/6
7 Dhoraji Society Tel: 4938146-4948088
8 Majmua-Staff Line Behind Sindh Club. Tel: 566-1401,567-1144
9 Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture St. 33, Block 2, Scheme 5, Clifton Tel: 5861039
10 Fayzee Rehamin Art Gallery (Awain-e-Rifat) on M.R. Kiyani Road
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Karachi Zoo

Karachi Zoo:
Karachi Zoo is located on Nishter Road and Sir Agha Khan (Third) Road in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is the oldest zoo in the country after Lahore Zoo.
Karachi Zoo, established in year 1878, was commonly called as 'Mahatma Gandhi Garden. In 1861, the zoo was transferred to municipality by the government. In 1878, the municipality placed the zoo under a trust to be developed out of public subscription. Later, the zoo was once again opened to public in 1881. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the name was changed to 'Karachi Zoological Gardens' or 'Karachi Zoo' for short. In 1953, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation introduced a zoo curator and a qualified veterinary doctor.In 1991-2 CDGK for remodeling of Natural History Museum, which was carried out. In 1992, the Japanese Princess inaugurated the remodeled Natural History Museum. Currently, total strength of Karachi Zoo is about 240 staff members.

Areas and Attractions:
Elephant House: is the most famous exhibit in the zoo. A 65-year-old Asian elephant, named 'Anarkali', died on 19 July 2006.Two female African bush elephants arrived at the zoo on 16 May 2010 from Karachi Safari Park. Both were born in Tanzania in 2007 and have been named 'Noor Jahan' and 'Madhu Bala'.

Natural History Museum: renovated in 1992, is one of the more famous attractions in Karachi Zoo. Apart from stuffed animals, skins, antlers, horns and feathers etc. are also placed on display in the museum. The facility is used by zoology students for research and educational motives.

Reptile House: was extended and renovated in 1992. It is one of the few reptile houses in Pakistan. There are 13 species of snakes and lizards. Newly born hatching of test dines and crocodilians are also exhibited.

Veterinary Hospital: was established in 1998 in Karachi Zoo with modern diagnostic facilities. There is an operation theatre, equipped with X-ray and sonogram facilities, multiple sick bays, a laboratory and an incubation room.

Mughal Garden: established in 1970, has green lawns with seasonal plants that occupy major part of the garden accompanied with Mughal-style fountains. The garden is famous for different variety of roses and other flowers that are exhibited there.

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Museums

Museums:
PAF Museum (Karachi)
PAF Museum is located adjacent to the PAF Base Faisal on the main shahrah-e-Faisal. The museum was inaugurated on the 14 August, 1997 by the then Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abbas Khattak; and subsequently opened to the general public in October, 1997.

Amid the lush green lawns, different aircraft including,F-86 Sabre, F-104 Starfighter, Mirage, FT-6, F-6, T-33, U-Mig15, MFI-17 (Mushshak), Aero Commander, Antonov An-12, Beech D-95A (Travel Air), T-6G (Harvard), Huskie (Helicopter), etc and other Air Defence equipment have been displayed. Besides, a souvenir shop has also been established for the visitors.

A huge archives gallery houses the other rare relics like the Viking- Quaid-e-Azam’s aircraft, an Indian Gnat aircraft which was force landed at Pasroor in 1965 war and many more. Four PCs have also been placed inside the archives gallery, which provide information about different aspects of the PAF. There are four sub-galleries inside; one depicts the history of aerial warfare through model aircraft and paintings while the other one shows different fighter aircraft models of the world. Two galleries are dedicated to the “SHOHADA” and heroes of 1965 & 1971 wars. There are two open galleries: one shows the achievements of different squadrons while the other one shows the achievements / history of PAF Bases through rare photographs and the reprints of paintings.

Moreover, Schools / Institutional and organizational visits are also conducted by the museum. Advance co-ordination and information of these visits is appreciated to facilitate the visitors.

A canteen caters for small needs of the visitors. Cold / hot drinks, mineral water, beverages and snacks are available at market rates. A fun land for the children with swings and merry-go-rounds is also available. The newly installed entertainment simulator is a new and unique experience to the visitors.

PAF Museum not only preserves the history of PAF but also helps create greater harmony between the PAF and general public. It also carries and conveys an inherent message that we can make and maintain our environment clean and green by collective efforts.

Collection
Some of the aircraft that are preserved in the museum are:
» B-57 Canberra
» Tiger Moth
» North American Harvard
» Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
» F-86 Sabre
» Mirage 5
» Shenyang F-6
» Lockheed T-33
» Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
» Auster Autocar
» Antonov An-26
» Antonov An-12
» A-26 Invader
» U-9 Aero Commander
» Vickers Viking
» Folland Gnat
» HH-43 Huskie
Besides those from PAF inventory, visitors can see the captured Folland Gnat of Indian Air force and Afghan Air Force Mig 21 and Iraq Air Force, Antonov An-12.

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University of Karachi

University of Karachi:
At the time of creation of Pakistan as a sovereign state in 1947, means for higher education and research were negligible. Responding to the impending requirement of higher learning, Pakistan started establishing relevant educational institutions of higher learning and research and thus underwent rapid modernization. The University of Karachi was established by an act of Pakistan parliament in June, 1951. The present campus, to which the University shifted in 1959, is spread over 1279 acres of land, situated 12 Km away from the city center.

Today the University is recognized as a premier center of learning and research in the Subcontinent and in the Third World. A number of scientists and scholars affiliated with the University are working in important positions both within and outside Pakistan and have won recognition and acclaim. One of the institutes of the University has got the distinction of being made the Centre of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Students from several foreign countries are also pursuing for the Masters and Doctorate degrees. Because of high academic and research standards of the University a large number of students from Karachi and other parts of the country apply for admission here. Keeping in view a very high number of applicants, the University has started evening classes in several departments at BS and Masters Levels and a Directorate of Evening Program was established to control and run Evening Program.

At present teaching at the University campus is conducted under six faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Pharmacy. There are over 52 departments and 19 research institutes/ centers, which are imparting education to more than 24,000 students including students from foreign countries. The faculty comprises of more than 700 highly qualified and experienced teachers; many of them have obtained higher degrees from abroad and enjoy a high repute internationally. The non-teaching staff comprises more than 1700 people to help with administrative and other matters.

The University of Karachi is also an affiliating and examining body and at present, 145 colleges and institutions are affiliated to the University. The courses of studies for these institutions are approved by the University and examinations are also conducted under its auspices. The University conducts examinations of about 150,000 students studying in these colleges/institutes, prepare their results and award degrees.

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Bazaars And Shopping

Bazaars And Shopping:
Shopping in Karachi is a delight. There is the Sarafa Bazaar, a typical oriental gold and silver market in the city’s old quarters. Among the many colourful shopping areas offering a wide variety of local goods, is the Zainab Market where cotton dresses and handicrafts are available. Shops in the Saddar Co-operative Market have a wide collection of handicrafts made from onyx wood and brass. Bohri Bazaar is also a typical oriental market, where endless variety of goods is available. Other modern shopping centers are at Clifton, Zaib-un-Nisa Street, Abdullah Haroon Road and Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road. The old Eastern Bazaars are in Juna Market, Kharadar, Mithadar and Jodia Bazar, which are worth visiting.

For souvenirs of brassware, carved silverware, gold and silver jewellery, embroidery, delicate mirror work of Sindh, handloom tapestries, printed fabrics, lacquer-ware, camel skin article and carved wood-work etc, tourists are recommended to visit All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) shop on Abdullah Haroon Road and the PIDC Cottage Industries showroom where prices are fixed and quality ensured. There are many other shops in all the main markets of city.

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