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KARACHI, once the primitive modest dwelling of Sindhi fishermen, is now a thriving urban economy that sustains the country with its large seaports. Always up and running, the streets of Karachi are a hotchpotch of colorful buses, busy people and the hustle of everyday life. But does a city that’s usually marked by chaos have any places worth visiting? Yes! And here are the 20 best places to visit in Karachi.
- Mohatta Palace
Built in 1925 and one of Karachi’s most famous places, Mohatta Palace is a remarkable sight for the connoisseurs of art, culture and architecture, and is used today as an art gallery and museum. Surrounded by trees and impressive statues, this grand building always holds exciting exhibitions which draws an eclectic mix of visitors.
- Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum
One of Karachi’s most beautiful places, this impressive building is the resting place of the Founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Designed by renowned architect Yahya Merchant, the tomb is among the most popular tourist destinations in Karachi. The mausoleum is famous for its design, atmosphere, and beautiful architecture.
- Turtle Beach
Winters are a great time to visit Karachi not only due to its mild cold weather, but also because this is the perfect time to hunt green sea turtles at the city’s famous visiting site: Turtle Beach. It’s also an amazing picnic spot that is visited by hundreds of people every day.
- Churna Island
If you are a sea freak, then visiting Churna Island which is only a two-hour drive from central Karachi. Here’s where you can do everything you wish: swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving while gazing at a number of sea creatures.
- Frere Hall
This architectural marvel, built in 1865, recalls the time when Pakistan was a part of the Indian British colony. Surrounded by lush green gardens, Frere Hall is one of the most happening tourist places in the city. Designed by Henry Saint Clair Wilkins, the building serves as a library and an art gallery today.
- PAF Museum
If you have a deep interest in aeronautics and aircraft, then the Pakistan Air Force Museum is one of Karachi’s best visiting points. The museum houses many aircraft, radars, and weaponry the PAF has used over the years, especially during the 1965 war with India. The main park of the museum also offers several food options and places to unwind yourself, as well as a number of rides for children.
- The Chaukandi Tombs
If you are a history buff, you cannot help but visit this centuries-old graveyard that has tombs of the ancestors of a local tribe. The place’s most remarkable feature is the intricate mix of the graves with carvings and designs typical of its region, Sindh. Indeed, this is one of the most happening places to visit in Karachi.
- The National Museum
One of Karachi’s best places to visit, the National Museum houses a diverse range of art, from paintings to vestiges and sculptures that showcase all aspects of Pakistani culture. This museum comprises 11 galleries that depict relics from the Indus Valley Civilization up to contemporary times. It also offers a huge collection of coins and many rare copies of the Holy Quran.
- Tooba Masjid
Tooba mosque is one of Karachi’s major attractions due to its large doomed roof. Also known locally as Gol, the mosque can hold as many as 5,000 worshipers at one time. Needless to say, not visiting the mosque when it Karachi would be a misfortune on the part of the visitor.
- Ruins of Bhambore
Dating back to the 1st century BC, the city of Bhambore was built during the Scytho-Parthian era. It was subsequently controlled by Muslims before being abandoned, from 8th to the 13th century. The remains and one of the oldest mosques in the world, dating back to the 7th century, can still be found in one of Karachi’s best places to visit.
- Empress Market
One of Karachi’s major visiting points, the Empress Market sells everything and anything under the sun: groceries, live animals and pets, textiles, stationery, cutlery, sports goods, and several other items can be bought in this colonial-era building.
- Port Grand
Being among a few high-end open-air food establishments located by the sea, Port Grand is one of the best places to visit in Karachi at night. Here, you can try different cuisines that many of its restaurants and parlors offer, while viewing the sun set into the ocean.
- Pakistan Maritime Museum
This naval museum is one of Karachi’s best places to visit as it houses a real submarine, as well as many aircraft and different weaponry that were used by the Pakistan Navy. The facility also has a six-gallery indoor museum that enlightens visitors through paintings, murals, and relief sculptures.
- Ibn-e-Qasim Park
This park is the city’s largest, set on 130 acres of land, which is toured by millions of people each year. The park, which is one of Karachi’s most famous places, also houses a turtle pond and a rose garden enlivens one mood.
- Do Darya
Built right along the seashore, Do Darya is a heaven for a local food enthusiast. The place offers a number of restaurants and cafes that serve a wide range of foods.
- Arabian Sea Country Club
For a quick escape from the humdrum of city center, it’s best to head to this sports club that offers the visitor everything from shooting to horse-riding and a variety of many other in-door games such as squash, tennis, snooker, and swimming.
- Cape Monze Beach
Surrounded by hill, Cape Monze is a beach near Karachi which allows people to climb and get a view of the dark blue sea. Home to endangered species like dolphins, whales, and turtles, this is one of Karachi’s best tourist places and a great picnic spot.
- Hindu Gymkhana
In addition to being a remarkable colonial-era building, the Hindu Gymkhana is a sporty social club that houses NAPA, or the National Academy of Performing Arts, a popular art school in Karachi.
- Defence Authority Marina Club
- Karachi Zoo
Established in 1878, Karachi Zoo is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Garden. The zoo has a wide range of animals and birds, some of which have also been imported. It has a beautiful lake for swans, ducks, crocodiles and alligators, offering soothing views. The zoon also houses a Mughal garden known for its greenery and flower beds. Undoubtedly, the zoo is one of the best places to visit in Karachi.