Things to do in Karachi

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Karachi, which lies on the southern coast of Pakistan, is a huge city and a thriving metropolis. With around 12 million people, this city provides plenty of things to see and do, and the chief danger may be being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of places to visit and things to see. Karachi is located on the edge of the Arabian Sea, and enjoys a milder climate than you will find if you go inland. Summers are still hot, of course, since you are in the Middle East, and you should also be aware of the summer monsoon season. But whenever you go, you shouldn't have to much trouble having a good time, as the vibrant city provides plenty to keep the traveler occupied and entertained.

The Mohatta Palace

This impressive building was built by Seth Shivrattan Mohatta, a businessman, in 1927. Its owner originally planned for it to be an opulent summer house. The Mohatta Palace was acquired in 1947 by the government of Pakistan for the ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which it was sealed off for over a decade, from 1980 to 1995. After the government of Sindh purchased it in 1995, the Mohatta was converted into a museum, and now is open for all to enjoy. The museum showcases the arts of Pakistan, from ancient calligraphy and textiles to modern arts and photography.

The Great Fiesta

The Great Fiesta is an outdoor water park, with pools and rides spread out over 55 acres of Karachi. Take the rainbow slide off of the Big Monster, or go down the 60 foot drop of the Free Fall slide. For a more relaxing ride, you can float down the Lazy River on a tube, and The Great Fiesta also has a kid's pool, complete with its own mini-slides. Also on site is a quality restaurant serving Pakistani, Chinese, Barbecue and traditional Mughal food.

Wetland Centre

The World Wildlife Federation established this centre in 1996 to help conserve the natural wetlands of Pakistan. It is located west of Karachi, about 35 minutes away from the city by car. Located on theSandspit Beach, the Wetland Centre is a great place to see green turtles, flamingoes, Dalmatian Pelicans, gulls, terns and more. Also available is a half-day tour into the Mangrove forests, a natural envirorment of Pakistan. Tourists are shown the natural ecosystem of the forests and their inhabitants.
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