Karachi is the biggest city in Pakistan, an economic giant full of business hubs, shopping malls, markets, cinemas and entertainment hubs. It is also a culturally rich city accommodating numerous individuals from different regions of the country exhibiting their culture in their foods, dresses and languages.
And among these cultures, Sindhi culture remains prominent due to the majority of Sindhis living there. Moreover, the aroma of hundreds of eating items is another captivating thing for city tourists to speak about.
With so much worth enjoying, there are many destinations you can enjoy as a tourist. The blog below highlights some of the amazing visiting spots in Karachi that you would visit if you are planning to go to Karachi.
The final resting place of the “Father of the Nation”, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Mazar-e-Quaid is one of Karachi’s most respectful and worth visiting places. Here lies our National Hero; therefore, this tomb symbolises his courage, continuous struggle and political wisdom with which he fought for the independence of Indian Muslims.
Its construction started in 1960 and was completed in 1971. Being an iconic symbol of Karachi, the mausoleum is one of the major tourist attractions in Pakistan. The mausoleum also has the tomb of Jinnah’s sister, Māder-e Millat (“Mother of the Nation”), Fatima Jinnah, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Liaquat Ali Khan and Nurul Amin.
Annually, hundreds of Pakistani civilians, higher authorities and foreign delegations visit this tomb to pay homage to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. You should dress modestly and behave decently when visiting the tomb of Karachi.
Situated on the bank of the Arabian Sea and stretching from Karachi to Omara, Balochistan, Clifton Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Pakistan.
Several recreational activities, eating spots, decorated camels for beach rides, and glowing faces of children and tourists mark the beach’s charm and moments of enjoyment.
Apart from this, the captivating scenes of sunset and sunrise attract your eyes. Spread over miles is the shade of blue water, which is beautiful for the viewers. You can rent a nearby hotel and enjoy these activities all-round the day.
Also known as Churna Island, Charna Island is like a heaven in the sea. Situated near Mubarak Goth, Kiamari Town in Karachi, Churna is used as a firing range by the Pakistani Navy.
It is a hub of recreational activities for the locals and visitors. Hundreds of tourists visit this site and enjoy adventurous activities like scuba diving, hiking, wake surfing, jet skiing, cliff diving, snorkelling and many more. Visiting this would be a different experience for you if you go there.
Mohatta Palace is truly an amazing place worth visiting due to its architectural and historical significance. It was built in 1927 near the heart of Karachi by a Hindu businessman, Shivratan Mohatta. That’s why it is named Mohatta Palace.
He built the palace in love with her wife, who was ill, and he wanted to have her with him. Constructed in a style reminiscent of Rajasthan’s stone palaces, it incorporates pink Jodhpur stone along with the indigenous yellow stone sourced from the nearby Gizri region.
In the post-partition era, Fatima Jinnah used to live here in her last years. That’s why this place has much rich historical significance.
Like Mohatta Palace, the Quaid-e-Azam House Museum is another colonial-era building linked with Jinnah Family. Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent his last four years here. After his death, his sister Fatima Jinnah stayed here until 1964. Hence, this is an amazing tourist place due to its rich history. Right now, it’s a museum and a National Asset.
TDF Ghar, or The Dawood Foundation House, is an all-in-one visiting and enjoying place for you. Renovated in 1930, it’s a unique learning centre housing a museum and a cafe. You have to pay a small fee to enter, and there you find the eye-catching inner view that symbolises 1930s Karachi. Meanwhile, your nose senses the delicious aroma of tasty food items that pull you to sit in and have a memorable meal. On top of it, you see Quaid’s tomb behind you and can catch some nice memories with a few camera clicks.
Zainab Market is one of the great markets in Saddar. It is a must-visiting shopping centre famous for its handicrafts, Sindhi cultural textiles and other beautiful items. The traditional crafts here speak of the rich local culture and the effort laid to craft them, giving a new look to the whole market. This place is a must-go if you like some Sindhi cultural items. The prices are fair, and you can get a nice item by bargaining.
Named after Sir Henry Frere, this hall was built in 1895 and is one of the worth-visiting places in Karachi. Beyond the partition, it was used as an exhibition space and library.
Primarily, the building was designed in 19th-century colonial-style architecture and later on, its ceiling was decorated by Sadequain. This artistic heritage makes Frere Hall one of Karachi’s most beautiful places to visit.
If you are a food lover and want to enjoy a range of food items, port grand is the best place. It’s a one-kilometre bridge that has been transformed into a food street. Asian, desi, Italian, Chinese and a whole array of food items are served to fulfill your appetite to the fullest.
Apart from eating, you can go shopping to buy whatever you like. Over 100 shops are attracting you to buy items of your choice. For entertainment, Port Grand offers a bowling alley, a multiplex cinema, a gaming zone, and a live music stage.
If you are eager to visit historical places and like archaeological sites, you should go to Chaukhandi Tombs. The Chaukhandi is a group of over 400 tombs that date back to the 2nd century BC and were likely used by the region’s nomadic Indo-Scythian tribes. The tombs have a unique architectural style and contain ancient images of birds and animals carved on them. The tombs were used to be burial sites for older people. Due to its unique architecture and very old history, it is a worth-visiting site.
Karachi Zoo is another place worth seeing for visitors, especially children and adults interested in wildlife. It is the largest zoo and the second oldest zoo in Pakistan. It was opened for general masses in 1878.
Previously known as Mahatma Gandhi Garden, this zoo is still known as Karachi Zoological Gardens.
The Karachi Zoo houses several wild and exotic species of various animals; lions, elephants, reptiles, birds, giraffes, and much more that amaze the visitors.
As indicated by its name, turtle beach is a habitat of hundreds of turtles, some very rare, like Green Sea Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtle. Hundreds of turtles lay eggs yearly, and their new hatchlings move towards their natural habitat; the sea.
Apart from enjoying the cute little steps of these fragile creatures, the reflection of light on their bodies in the water is another mesmerising scene that you should not miss.
The National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi is one of the largest museums in the country. Spanning over 18,000 square feet, this great museum was opened in 1950. When it comes to a wholesome collection of rare and unique specimens, the museum has over 2 million artefacts to exhibit.