Karachi, the city of lights, is home to around 15 million people. You often hear the phrase,
jinnay Lahore nee wekhya o jammya naee,
loosely translated to who hasn’t seen Lahore hasn’t yet born. I, on the other hand, strongly believe that if you haven’t visited Karachi, you haven’t seen Pakistan.
The true cosmopolitan city is home to everyone. You will see a Pathan household next to a Punjabi or Urdu-speaking household next to a Sindhi or Balochi household, all living in harmony. Not only this, you will also see Karachi welcoming non-muslim minorities like Sikhs and Hindus with an open heart. For this reason, Karachi is rightly called mini-Pakistan.
Karachi might not be the best city in the recent rankings, but it surely is loved by many.
— Arif Syed (@JerryJafri) August 21, 2017
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The capital of Sindh and the financial hub of the country, Karachi is the most populous city of Pakistan. Making a list of places that you must visit is Karachi is a daunting task, as the city is full of exciting places to visit. There are a few places you should never miss when you visit Karachi.
1 – Frere Hall
Located in the heart of the city, Saddar, Frere Hall is one of the most beautiful examples of post-colonial architecture. Henry Saint Claire Wilkins designed the building, and it was named in honor of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere. The building is constructed in Venetian-Gothic style with colourful sandstones.
As you enter the majestic building, the beautifully decorated ceiling is sure to amaze you. It was designed by the famous artist Sadequain in the 80s, and one of the murals in the painting still remains incomplete. The ceiling is not the only noteworthy thing in Frere Hall. It is also home to a huge library that has archives of old newspapers dating back to Pakistan’s independence years and stores hundreds of old books. When you enter the library, you will feel like you have time travelled back to the 40s.
There is a huge garden surrounding the building where many events take place regularly.
2 – Do Darya
If you want a pleasant evening with delicious food along the seaside, Do Darya is the place to go. Do Darya is located in Defence Phase VIII and has many well-known restaurants. The most famous ones include Kolachi, Habib Restaurant, Sajjad Restaurant, Mirage and Charcoal BBQ and Grill. You can also go there if you are interested in fishing.
3 – Mohatta Palace
If you are a fan of history and architecture, this is the place to go. Constructed by a Hindu businessman, Mohatta Palace is located in Clifton, not very far from the seaside. The building’s intricate design and flawless interior is sure to inspire you. Exhibitions regularly take place inside this place.
4 – Dolmen Mall Clifton
If you are looking for a great shopping experience, Dolmen Mall Clifton is undoubtedly the most well-managed mall in the city. The mall is built on international standards and has hundreds of brands under one roof. It also has a huge parking capacity and a well-trained valet staff. Dolmen Mall also has Hyperstar located inside so there you have the best place for your grocery shopping as well!
5 – Empress Market
It is essential to mention Empress market when you are discussing Karachi. This market is located in the busiest locale of the city, Saddar. It dates back to the British Raj era and is the place where you can find almost anything you need to buy. It is one of the few but most beautiful historical spots left in the city.
6 – Sea View
Of course. Karachi’s identity and the trump card that wins every Karachi/Lahore argument is the sea. And the best part is, it is absolutely free!
7 – Baagh Ibn-e-Qasim
This is Karachi’s biggest park. With the accommodation capacity of around 300,000 people, the park boasts dinosaur murals, rose gardens and ponds. The park is named after the famous conqueror Mohammad bin Qasim who invaded Sindh. It is situated near the sea, and many huge gatherings and events take place here.
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