Day Trips in Karachi

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If you're planning on being in Karachi for an extended amount of time and have run out of things to do in the city itself, don't despair. Luckily, there are a number of locations a short drive from Karachi that are perfect for a quick day drip. Whether searching for excitement, a day relaxing enjoying nature or an afternoon educating yourself with historic monuments, there are multiple trips you can take that will have you home in time for dinner.

Haleji Lake

Originally a salt water lake, Haleji was filled with additional water during World War II for troops stationed in Karachi. Now a freshwater lake and the primary water source to Karachi citizens, Halegi covers approximately 12 square miles. The most popular attraction of this lake are the bird-watching opportunities. More than 200 species of birds migrate to these waters during the winter season alone, such as eagles, herons, ducks, swans and flamingos. Haleji Lake is the ideal spot to escape the city for a day to enjoy nature at its finest.

Chaukhandi Tombs

Located 29 kilometers east of Karachi are the Chaukhandi tombs. Known for their intricate and elaborate carvings, the tombs date back to the 15th century. The tombs were crafted either as single graves or as groups of eight buried together on a raised platform. Constructed out of slab upon slab of carved sandstone, the tombs are a perfect location to experience the history and archaeological wonders of Pakistan.

Banbhore Ruins

The ancient city of Banbhore was unearthed in 1958 and since then has been a major archaeological attraction in Pakistan. 40 miles outside Karachi, Banbhore resembles the floor plan of a traditional Mosque and based on inscriptions found, the Mosque dates back to the 6th century. After touring the ruins, you can pay a visit to the museum built on site that is home to a collection of artifacts such as pottery found among the ruins as well as a history of the city and the surrounding area.


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Thatta is about 100 km east of Karachi. At one time Thatta was important as Sind's capital city and as a centre for Islamic arts. It still has many historic sights.

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Banbhore

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About 64 kms (40 miles) east of Karachi is Banbhore, an archaeological site which some scholars identify with Debal, the port city conquered by the Arab General Mohammad Bin Qasim landed in 711CE. This site is believed to be the port city of Daibul which flourished in 8th century CE. The museum at the site houses a rich collection from 1st century CE to 13th century CE, comprised of plain & painted pottery, coins, glass, metal and beads etc. Banbhore is famous for one of the Pakistan's oldest and most popular folk- stories "Sassi-Pannuh".

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Haleji Lake

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a beautiful lake in sind
a beautiful lake in sind
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Situated 70 kms (about 52 miles) from Karachi. Haleji Lake is considered to be largest water fall sanctuary in Asia, and is the main reservoir for Karachi. Its 1-1/2 km off the Thatta road from the village of Gujjo. Thousands of birds of over seventy species migrate here in winter from Siberia and stay through January and February. The birds include flamingoes, pelicans, pheasant-tailed jacanas, herons, ducks, partridges and agrets. It is a paradise for those who love birds.

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Chaukundi

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Pakistan - Sindh - Chaukhandi Tombs
Pakistan - Sindh - Chaukhandi Tombs
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Located on the National Highway, 27 kms from Karachi, Chaukundi tombs comprise of innumerable sandstone graves with strangely-carved motifs, date back to 16th-18th centuries in Sind. The Chaukundi Tombs are archaeologically interesting. The tombs are constructed out of slabs of rocks stacked into elongated pyramids of cubical stones and carved with exquisite designs, the origin of which remains a mystery.

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