Karachi—also known as “the City of Quaid” is the largest and the most populous city of Pakistan. Karachi is the capital of Sindh (one of the four provinces of Pakistan), and it is also a business centre of Pakistan. Karachi is a leisure-friendly destination. People who like to travel will find historic buildings, museums, cinemas, shopping places, popular restaurants, and seaside attractions in Karachi. Following 10 attractions of Karachi were selected by me to assist tourists who will like to explore Karachi in-depth:
1. The Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam
Mazar-e-Quaid, also known as “the Jinnah Mausoleum” or “the Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam” is one of the most important monuments in Karachi. It is the resting place of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam was completed in 1960. Mazar-e-Quaid is a popular tourist destination among foreign visitors and receives ten thousand (10,000) visitors a day.
Masjid-e-Tooba, known by locals as “the Gol Masjid” is a very beautiful Mosque in Karachi. Masjid-Tooba is situated in Defence Housing Society. It was built in 1969 by keeping principles of Acoustics in mind. Gol Masjid is also claimed as the largest single-dome Mosque in the world. Masjid-e-Tooba has a capacity of 5,000 people. Gol Masjid has a single minaret that stands at the height of 70 metres.
3. Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach is a very popular beach of Karachi that is, situated in the Arabian Sea near the Saddar Town of Karachi. Tourists can enjoy many things in Clifton Beach including camel riding, horse riding, swimming, and spending leisure time in its amusement park. They can also dine out in Clifton Beach’s restaurants. It is a very popular destination for tourists in Karachi for picnics. Thousands of people come to Clifton Beach round the clock every day.
- Frere Hall
Frere Hall is one of the remnant buildings of the British Colonial Era, which is located between Fatimah Jinnah Road and Abdullah Haroon Road in Karachi. The construction of Frere Hall started in 1863, and it was completed in 1865 under the supervision of an architect, Col. Clair Wilkins.
The ground floor of Frere Hall houses Liaquat National Library that contains over seventy thousand books including rare and hand-written manuscripts, newspapers, dictionaries, atlases, and technical books. The upper floor of Frere Hall is reserved as an art gallery that contains masterpieces of Pakistan’s famous calligrapher and painter, Sadequain.
5. National Museum of Pakistan
National Museum of Pakistan was constructed in 1960, and it is located on Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road in Karachi. The museum reserves valuable items, which link to Pakistan’s ancient legacy. Tourists will discover Indus Civilization Artefacts, Gandhara Sculptures, Islamic Art, Ancient Coins, Small-scale paintings, and Manuscripts Documenting Pakistan’s Political History in National Museum of Pakistan.
6. Manora Beach or Island
Manora means Jazeera (Island), and it is located in the South of Karachi Port. The environment surrounding the Manora Beach is very pleasing to eyes, and people can expect lots of fun in Manora. It is a very popular picnic spot in Karachi. At the southeast of Manora Island is the tallest lighthouse that stands at 91 feet, and it has a range of 26 nautical miles to measure distances at sea. Manora can be reached in 15-20 minutes by boat from the mainland of Karachi.
7. Sindbad’s Wonderland
Sindbad’s Wonderland is one of the most enjoyable family-friendly places in Karachi. Every family-friendly traveler should visit Sindbad’s theme park. Sindbad’s Wonderland has amusement rides for every age group. Travelers can watch exhilarating 4-D movies, play hi-tech electronic games, and enjoy spending leisure time on amusement rides in Sindbad. Log Slide and Crazy Bus are the most exciting and thrilling rides of Sindbad’s Wonderland.
8. Hyperstar (Market)
The best place to visit in Karachi for shopaholics is Hyperstar (a marketplace). Hyperstar is Pakistan’s most lively and exciting hypermarket chain. Shoppers can expect value-for-money purchases in Hyperstar. Shoppers can buy household goods including office & home stationery, sports goods, and toys; home appliances of international brands; an astonishing collection of fashion apparel; fresh food items; and groceries from Hyperstar Market at a very competitive price. Hyperstar has rebranded to Carrefour in Pakistan.
9. Karachi Zoo or Karachi Zoological Garden
People who love to see animals must visit Karachi Zoological Garden with their children. It is located on Nishter Road in Karachi. There are a variety of attractions for tourists in Karachi Zoo. Main attractions of Karachi Zoo are Elephant House (the most famous area of the zoo), National History Museum (displaying stuffed animals, skins, antlers, horns, and feathers to visitors), Reptile House, Veterinary Hospital (with advanced diagnostic facilities for animals), Mughal Garden (exhibiting flowers), and White Lions.
10. Burns Road Food Street
Burns Road Food Street is the first official food street in Karachi. There are a variety of restaurants on Burns Road that are packed with hordes of people, especially at peak hours (the time when you usually dine). Gourmets will find restaurants open on Burns Road till 4:00 a.m. The most popular restaurants of Burns Road Food Street are as follows: (a) Food Centre (known well by locals for its Biryani), (b) Agha Sajji (serves best Sajji in Karachi), (c) Mazaidar Haleem (serves all kinds of Haleem), and (d) AFC Restaurant (serves delicious foods including Karahi, Handi, Seafood, Broasts, Burgers, Sandwiches, Starters, and Barbeques).