Sights in Karachi

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Karachi, a vibrant beach town on the coast of Pakistan, has more than a dozen different sights, catering to all sorts of interests. The following are the best from World 66:

Shopping Malls

You can’t visit Karachi without getting a few souvenirs for those back home, or a discounted Persian rug for your living room. Check out some of the best shopping markets and bazaars, including Saddar, Zaniab Market, Jamia Cloth Market and the Karachi Handicrafts Market. These are all located in the city center and feature hundreds of gifts, clothes, fabrics, jewelry and even spices, tea and non-perishable local foods.

On Sunday you can take the kids to the animal nursery in the Liaquatabad section of Karachi. Finally, if you prefer more contemporary shopping, check out the large city malls including Domen City Mall, Gulf Shopping Mall and the IT Tower. At the markets you can barter on the price of goods, but at the malls the prices are set. This staff writer recommends you visit the mall first to get an idea of how much things cost, before going to barter for lower prices in the markets.

Karachi Beaches

The beach is a great site to visit, if only because there’s something there for everyone: a surf lesson, a quick swim, a chance to finish the latest Stephen King novel while burying your feet in soft sand or just an enjoyable stroll along the coast. At the Karachi beaches you can rent a private beach house for a full day of relaxing in the sun. Treat your child to the ride of their life on a horse or camel at Clifton Beach. Horse rides are guided and the horses are well-trained and gentle with children.

Chaukandi Tombs

Don’t forget the camera for a trip to the Chaukandi Tombs. Better still, bring binoculars or a hand-held video camera. Visiting these tombs, constructed in the 16th century, is an experience you’ll treasure forever, and one where you won’t risk boring the grandkids with endless pictures. The intricate design and shape of these majestic tombs are worth seeing. You can hire a guide at the site or wander on your own.

National Mausoleum of Pakistan, Karachi

Built in the 1960s, the National Mausoleum of Pakistan is a majestic building constructed from marble and iron. The architecture of this incredible site is representative of the early 1990s with arches, tombs, glowing lights and beautifully carved windows. You can take a stroll around the park surrounding the Mausoleum and get pictures from all angles. Admission is free, and the Mausoleum is open daily.

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Aga Khan University Hospital

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Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan and chartered in 1983 as Pakistan's first private university, Aga Khan University's (AKU) objective is to promote human welfare in general, and the welfare of the people of Pakistan in particular, by disseminating knowledge and providing instruction, training, research and service in the health sciences, education and such other branches of learning as the University may determine. AKU is an international University spread over eight countries – Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt.

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tel:(92)-21-493 0051
url:www.aku.edu
address:Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800
email: aku@aku.edu

Wazir Mansion

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The birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam. The house is 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.

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Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam

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Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum is the final resting place and mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. It is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum is a famous landmark of Karachi. The mausoleum is placed in a 53 hectare park and the size of building is 75x75m on ground and 43m high, built on an 4m high platform. In each wall is placedan entrance. 15 successive fountains lead to the platform from one side and from all sides terraced avenues lead to the gates. It was built between 1960 and 1970 by the Pakistani architect Yahya C. more..

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Town hall / Liaqat Hall/ Frere Hall

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Frere Hall

Surrounded by the green Bah-e-Jinnah, Liaqat Hall, originally the Frere Hall was once the Town Hall where in colonial days, concerts and social events were held reqularly.
It was built between 1815-1884 in dedication for Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere.

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address:between Abdullah Haroon Road & Fatima Jinnah Road

Karachi Zoo

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History of Karachi Zoo.
Our information about the history of Karachi Zoo is based on the administrative report of 1949 of the corporation of the city of Karachi. Accordingly it was commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi Garden. It was transferred by the government to the muncipalty in the year 1861 on the condition that it shall never be sublet or transferred. The Zoo has an interesting history as it forms a part of the ground where the old East India Companies factory was situated. 1833 as it was marked on a map prepared by commander Charles, who described it as surrounded by more..

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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openingHours:Opening & Closing timings of Karachi Zoo is based on sunrise & sun set
url:www.karachizoo.com.pk
address:Garden Road, Karachi West.
email:zookarachi@yahoo.com

Masjid-e-Tooba (Mosque)

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Tooba Mosque
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Masjid-e-Tooba is also known as "Gol Masjid." It was built in 1969. It is the largest single dome mosque in the world. It is built with pure white marble. the dome is 72 meter in diameter. The hall can hold upto 5,000 people. The mosque was designed by Dr. Babar Hamid Chauhan, a Pakistani Architect.

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address:Main Korangi Road

Zoo Garden Karachi

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A small version (Copy) of Safari park Africa, available to spend your evenings, having small lake, a hill top to view Karachi, and garden with small zoo.

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openingHours:9 AM to 7 PM
address:University Road

Karsaz Road

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Karsaz Road

The road is known for the 'Arena' games arcade, Aga Khan University hospital, Golf club, Expo center and museums like Air Force museum, Maritime museum and PIA Planetarium

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address:Karsaz Road

Tariq Road

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Tariq Road is a well known shopping area. It holds about 1 thousand shops.

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address: Allah Wali Roundabout to Shaheed e Millat Road Roundabout

Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road

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M. A. Jinnah Road, known as Bandar Road before, holds many famous and historic buildings.

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address:Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam to Tower

Quaid-e-Azam House Museum

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Quaid-e-Azam House is now a Museum. It was known as the Flagstaff House. It was owned by a Parsi business tycoon but Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah bought in on the eve of Independance Day. Fatima Jinnah later lived in this house for many years.
The architect of the building was Moses Somake. It was built around 1980. Furniture, relics and other items of Muhammad Ali Jinnah are now on display there.

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address:Fatima Jinnah Road

Merewether Tower

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A memorial for Sir William L. Merewether, who served as 'Commissioner-in-Sindh' from 1867 to 1877.
The tower was designed by James Strachan.
The tower is 102 ft. high.

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address:II Chundrigar Road & M A Jinnah Road

Habib Bank Limited

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It is the largest bank in Pakistan.

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tel:021-2418000
url:www.hbl.com
address:Habib Bank Plaza, I.I.Chundrigar Road, Karachi-75650, Pakistan

Pakistan Air Force Museum

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PAF Museum displays major aircrafts used by Pakistan Air Force. It also holds the aircraft used by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
The museum is open all year round, 7 days a week.
There is a souvenir shop, mosque, & a restaurant.

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address:Main Shahra-e-Faisal

Pakistan Maritime Museum

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The museum has six galleries and an auditorium.
Aircrafts of the maritime are shown through "attractive dioramas, relief sculpture, murals and miniature paintings, touch screen computers, taxidermy and ancient weapons."
It is open all year long, 7 days a week.
It also has a souvenir shop.

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address:Habib Ebrahim Rehmatoola Road

PIA Planetarium

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PIA Planetarium

"A planetarium administrated by Pakistan International Airlines offering a sky dome theater for galactic entertainment and a life size Boeing jet plane for public tours."

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address:University Road

Karachi Expo Centre

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Karachi Expo Centre

It is created with modern facilities. The complex is centrally air-conditioned.
Parking 2400 Cars.Public address system inside each hall. More than 250 Telephone lines internal telephone exchange.Pay Card phone.Centrally Air conditioned.Premises security.Conference / Seminar area.Restaurant seating 250 Guest. Three halls with Extra mezzanine space.Painting display area in corridor.Ware housing facilities.Open display area.

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tel:9221-111444111
url:www.tdap.gov.pk
address:Gulshan Town
email:riaz.shaikh@tdap.gov.pk

Mohatta Palace

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The palace was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta in 1927. He was a successful businessman, who used this as his summer home. Agha Hussain Ahmed was the architect for this palace. After the partition, sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah, moved into the palace. In 1995, it was announced as a museum and officially oppend in 1999.

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tel:92-21-5837669
address:7, Hatim Alvi Road, Clifton

National Museum of Pakistan

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National Museum of Pakistan

It was originally established in 1949 in a building in Frere Hall and in 1970, re-located to the present location.

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url:www.caroun.com
address: Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road

Koocha-e-Saqafat (National Arts Council)

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National Arts Council

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address:M.R. Kayani Road
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