PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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Karachi

Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi is the biggest city in Pakistan  and fifth-most-populous city  in the world.      It is ranked as a beta-global city and it is Pakistan’s premier industrial hub and financial centre.     It is the cultural, economic, philanthropic, educational, and political focal point of the country and most cosmopolitan city.   Though the Karachi region has been inhabited for millennia, the city was founded as the fortified village of Kolachi  in 1729.  Karachi is also the most linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse city in Pakistan.  Besides, home of about 20 million Pakistanis, Karachi is home to over 2 million Bangladeshi immigrants, 1 million Afghan refugees, and up to 400,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar.

Karachi is linked with rest of the world through air and sea routes.  Flights of all major airlines land and take off from busiest Jinnah International Airport daily.  Karachi is home to Pakistan’s two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well where dozen of cargo ship embark and disembark daily.    Karachi is linked with rest of Pakistan with extensive road and rail links beside air.   There is variety of accommodation in the form of hotels and guest houses is available for living at Karachi ranging from 5 star hotels to anything one can imagine.  Public transports as well as hired taxies are available to move about in the city and surroundings.  People of Karachi are hospitable and friendly.

The patriotism and love by the people of Karachi to Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is visible all over the city in different monuments, buildings and landmarks associated & named after this founding father of the nation. Karachi is also well known for its archaeological sites at Thatta, Mohenjo-Daro and Kot Diji. The everyday lifestyle of Karachi differs substantially from that of other cities and towns in Pakistan. Karachi’s culture is characterized by the blending of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Western influences, as well as the city’s status as a major international business centre. As a whole, there is considerable diversity in culture, and this diversity has produced a unique cultural amalgam of its own type. The city also knows how to bring together an immense historical past to the present and on to a bright future by protecting its heritage for coming generations.

Bhambore

Bhambore is an ancient town dating to the 1st century BC located along the Sindh coast about 65 kilometers from Karachi. The city ruins lie along National Highway leading to Hydrabad and upper parts of the country.  It dates back to the Scytho-Parthian era and was later governed by Muslim rulers from the 8th to 13th century after which it was abandoned. Remains of one of the earliest known mosques in the region, dating back to 727 AD, are still preserved on the site. Bhambore was a medieval port city used for importing ceramic and metal goods, an industrial sector, and trade. The city was strategically located at the mouth of the Indus River, linking it with the rest of the Scytho-Parthian Empire. Ruins of this town along with Chaukandi graveyard located in near vicinity are the important destinations for tourists.

Quaid-E-Azam’s Mausoleum

Quaid-E-Azam’s Mausoleum is a monumental tomb (Mazar-e-Quaid) of Pakistan’s founder, Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah.  The tomb was built by Pakistani architect Yahya Merchant with white marble set in the curved Moorish arches in the 1960’s.  The tomb is situated between, well maintained,  lush green lawns. Tourists coming from all over the world come to this place to pay homage to the founder of Pakistani nation as well as witness the wonderful architectural edifice which is unique in the world.  

Another national monument is Wazir Mansion which is the birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.    It is located at Kharadar, a few kilometers from the Tomb.   Thousands of devoted Pakistanis visit the mansion to pay their respect  to their leader on his birth and death anniversary. The mansion has been converted into a museum, displaying the life and work of the Pakistani leader.

Clifton Beach

The popular Clifton Beach,   most commonly known as  Sea View,  with its silver sands, amusement park and a plethora of food stalls attracts locals as well as tourists like bees to honey. Situated in posh locality, the beach is encircled by numerous handicraft shops selling local crafts and sea shell items.   This place is a perfect break from the city. A must-see for first-time visitors to Karachi, the beach provides plenty of opportunities for photography, horse and camel riding,  scooter riding etcetera.   One can enter in shallow water, however, swimming in the sea is prohibited here.

Many tourists and locals come here in the evenings to stroll down the sparkling sands, refreshing sea breeze or enjoy an odd cup of tea or coffee with their loved ones. Nearby the beach is Funland amusement park with a bowling alley & aquarium, Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi and a view-point to view the Oyster Island are situated.

On eastern extreme of this beach, a place called “Do Darya” is situated which has achieved an iconic value for Karachi.   With the scenic Arabian Sea at one side, Do Darya Restaurants   are one of the most exotic places where one can enjoy dinner with family, friends, and colleagues, sometimes alone too. A cool breeze, birds at seashore, tides of sea and an open sky, is cherry on the top. This is one of the places on planet Earth where one get tempted to visit multiple times.

Other famous beaches of Karachi are Hawk’s Bay and  Sandspit  which are equally good for visiting and relaxing.

Port Grand

Port Grand is one of the finest places to visit in the city of Karachi with diverse concepts in food, art, leisure, entertainment, adventure, fun and shopping.  It is an extensive food street and entertainment complex located   near Native Jetty Bridge in downtown Karachi. It has a pedestrian friendly pier, housing diverse restaurants on one side and views of Karachi Harbour on the other side. The centre of the attraction is 150 years old Banyan tree and an iconic tavern building known as the Napier’s tavern that sits at the edge of the Napier Mole Bridge. The Port Grand also has antique shops, port bazaar, bookstore, florist, Art lane, 6-D Cinema and a Hindu Temple. One can also take boat ride from here to the adjoining creek for Rs. 500 only.    It opens daily from 6:00 PM to Mid night, the facility is accessible from M.T. Khan Road for visitors coming via cars/taxis and from Jinnah Bridge for visitors coming through buses. Parking is free with a complimentary valet service.  Port Grand is a truly cultural hub and celebrations at Port Grand are a truly delightful experience. 

Mohatta Palace

Mohatta Palace located in Karachi was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, a Marwari businessman as his summer residential palace.  He could use the palace only for a couple of decades as he had to abandon Karachi and migrated to India permanently, after the after the partition of Sub-Continent in 1947.   The palace defining characteristic attributes of Rajasthani architecture, is made from pink Jodhpur stone and local yellow stone from Gizri.   After Pakistan’s independence, Miss Fatima Jinnah & Miss Shireen Jinnah, the sisters of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah subsequently occupied the palace until 1980, when it was converted into a museum after the death of Shireen Jinnah.

Flagstaff House

One of the earlier buildings designed by Mr. Moses Somake is  Flagstaff house which is a beauty to behold. One of the few well-maintained edifices of stone masonry in the city, a visit to Flagstaff is a must for any tourist. The building has well-curated front and back lawns.  

The house was built in 1890. Mr Jinnah purchased it in 1944 from the Kartak Family. Although Jinnah spent only a few days in this house, Miss Fatima Jinnah lived here from 1948 to 1964.

The building was restored and declared a museum in 1985. One finds Mr. Jinnah’s personal belongings inside the house, which were brought from his house on Malabar Hill in Mumbai, India.

Haleji Lake  

Haleji Lake   is a perennial freshwater lake in Thatta District of Sindh Province, Pakistan which is located at 100 kilometers from Karachi on N-5 highway. It is 6.58 km square in size and is surrounded by marshes and brackish seepage lagoons.  It is very famous due to abundance of migrating birds flocks who come to south to avoid harsh winter of northern regions.     The Haleji Lake was originally a small depression collecting seasonal water. But during the British regime, the capacity of the canal was increased by introducing a feeder canal from the River Sindh. While the waterfowl is the main highlight of the Haleji Lake, the sanctuary boasts of many other attractions too, such as the marsh crocodiles, osprey, Buzzards, Wigeon, coot, shoveller, pintail, Jacana, flamingos and sometimes Bewick’s swan.  Winter season is best to visit the lake and enjoy bird watching.