Saint Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Church,was built in 1845. It was Sindh's first Catholic church. Today it is flanked by St Patrick's High School.
Present Cathedral was opened in April 1881. It is built in Gothic style; it measures 170 ft by 75 ft, and has the capacity to accommodate at least 1,500 worshippers at the same time.
It has a magnificent marblestone "Christ the King" Monument, which was constructed in 1931.
It is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq, formerly known as Clarke Street, located near the Empress Market in Karachi.
Note: Saint Patrick's Cathedral & FRERE HALL are two seperate buildings. The Cathedral is situated in SADDAR not in the FRERE HALL area. Some guys have misguided it as FRERE HALL. (See Frere Hall Tips)Related to:
- Religious Travel
First impression of Pakistan
From the air, the land around Pakistan is flat, with meandering river and large tracts of semi-arid land. Agriculture is the main stay of the economy.
From the airport, we could see people moving in bullock carts. The tradition and modern both coexists in Karachi. A fascinating country that I should come back to visit.
A mini Pakistan
Yes it really is. When it comes to travel across Pakistan. It is Pakistan Railways who stood firm for ppls in Pakistan. Karachi Cantt is really a good example of colonial style building. Ppls from all parts of the country can be found here, made it looks like a mini Pakistan within a 1 square KM area. You may founf filthy trashes as any other part of third world. My opinion is that they can make these places better but don't know why they don't?
Before making any trip to any famous location of the city. I recomend you ppls to have a city tour. Better to hire a cab for this. Many cab services are operating in the city including RadioCab, RedTop Cab etc etc. It is really worth spending times but at times it may become a headache. To avoid anything like this one should take care of time. Usually 5-9 pm are rush-hour in most part of the city. In these time avoid MA JINNAH ROAD in particular. Starting your journey from the first recently developed Corridore I is good. Very modern looking transport facilities over there. With underpasses, flyovers all over it. The journey will end at Shahrah-e-Faisal about 12-15 KM from initial point. From where you can continue with your tour on Shahrah-e-Faisal. The journey will end at Saddar area from where you can move towards Defence and Clifton. Having peaceful and calm atmosphere. Avoid going towards busy Main Saddar Areas.
Flag Staff House
The Flagstaff House, which was built sometimes in 1890, was purchased by Mr Jinnah from Katrak family before partition, prior to which it was used by the General Commanding Officer of Sindh. However Mr Jinnah never resided in the Flagstaff House.
The Flagstaff house was designed by Moses Somake, and he borrowed heavily on Italianate architectural themes.
Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (sister of MA Jinnah) moved into the Flagstaff House after the demise of her brother in 1948, and lived here until 1964. Then she moved to Mohatta Palace in Clifton, where she lived until her demise in 1967.
Trivia: Fatima Jinnah ran her unsuccessful election campaign against Ayub Khan from this house. Now it has become a popular venue for various music videos (e.g. Shehzad Roy’s Sali) , dramas, and commercials.
The House is now used as a public library and museum and houses personal belongings of Quaid-i-Azam MA Jinnah. Admission is free, photography not allowed but on personal request (if you are all alone inside the house - no other visitor), the guide may let you take some snaps.Related to:
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In the heart of Karachi there exists a planetarium, which very few of the local inhabitants knows about. It is situated next to the Expo center, on University Road and a visible landmark is a Boeing 707 parked right next to it.
However the show is archaic, needing some investments and up gradation. The planetarium was inaugurated by Pakistan’s late President General Zia-ul-Haq in 1984, and it seems like that they are still showing the same program that was developed at that time.
But still, this is available and it does have some few moments that will amaze you.
Tickets are Rs. 30/- for adults and half for kids.Related to:
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I.I. Chundriger Road - Financial District
On our first day in Karachi our friends drove us around the city.
As we needed to change some money, they took us to I.I. Chundrigar Road. (Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Road) This district could be considered the financial headquarters of Pakistan & the centre of Karachi's economy and boasts some of the cities newest & most modern buildings. This doesn't mean that you should compare the architecture & appearance to Manhattan... we still saw beggars around the corner and a young boy with a monkey on a leash, trying to entice tourists for some business; everything is relative after all.
The road used to be called McLeod Road during the British Colonial rule but after Pakistan's independence in 1971 it was renamed after the country's former Prime Minister, Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar.
Most of the headquarters of Pakistan's financial institutions are located on this road, including one of the country's tallest towers (with only 24 stories): The Habib Bank Building.
There's not much more left to say about this area. You can drive through & see it all in 5-10min. A good tip for this area is (obviously) money exchange: Our friends recommend GLAXY Exchange to change cash and we used another of their branches in the city on another day as well. Quite professional staff & quick service.Related to:
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The KARACHI CLUB
On our first day in Karachi our friends took us for lunch to the dining hall at the Karachi Club. The restaurant seats 120 persons (smoking & non-smoking) & specializes in Pakistani-Continental & Chinese cuisine. The venue is fully air-conditioned and serves a daily buffet or also a-la-carte options.
We had vegetable biryani (rice), a nicely mild vegetarian curry & gorgeous naan bread. Prices are very reasonable (probably quite high compared to non-hotel restaurants!) The bottled water is opened at your table & even though this is a relatively "up-market" place by Karachi standards, we still opted to not have ice cubes or salads.
Karachi Club is said to be one of the most prestigious and definitely oldest Clubs in the city. It was established in 1901 and the heavy British Colonial influence in the architecture & furnishings is unmistakable. The club continues to expand & renovate and holds regular social, cultural and sports events.
Tennis Courts & Squash Courts.
Bridge / Card Room.
Table Tennis Hall.
Billiard & Snooker Room.
Barber Shop & Hairdresser.
You need to be a member to enter the Karachi Club, so if you know someone that can take you there for a few relaxing hours I definitely recommend it.
Note: Photography in and around the club is not allowed... but I managed to snap a few pics for you anyway ;-)Related to:
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Sending a postcard from Pakistan
Though may be challenging, you can send a postcard out from Pakistan.
Have received a few postcards from Pakistan. But when I was there, I did not have time to do so as the post office was close. Should have left it for the hotel to mail it for me, that is always an a good option.
Nice and popular place for karachi locals families to visit. Lot of rush on sunday and holiday and difficulty in car parking due to rush.
Nice funland and latest entertainments.
Few good shops for eating items. Eat broast on cheap rates and delicious too. The one unique entertainment which i not saw before in other cities funland of pakistan is Bhoot train hahah, really nice done by SindBad. Lot of fun for all for kids and families.
Oh i forgot to tell you the most important point" Only families are allowed"Related to:
- Family Travel
Merewether Memorial Tower
The Merewether Tower is an elegant and tall structure designed in the medieval England style of architecture. Named after General Sir William L. Merewether who served as 'Commissioner-in-Sindh' from 1868 to 1877, the tower stands on a platform 44 feet square and rises to a height of 102 feet. Merewether Time Tower was designed by James Stratchen, a prolific architect who has great building like Denso Hall, Jehangir Kothari Building and Empress Market to his credit.
It is situated on a very prime location. This area is rich in old architecture. Denso Hall, Bolton Market, Wazir Mantion, Sind Madressa-tul Islam, Habib Bank Plaza, State Bank Building, Stock Exchange Building all are on walking distance from here.Related to:
Not like fetching a cab!
Taking a camel ride is something you must do if you are visiting Karachi. You can find the opportunity at most beaches. It runs about 50-100rps (or it should, dont' let them snake you) and they'll take you quite a distance and back again. It's worth the story and the picture!
This is another I didnt know where to put anyway. I was told that they eat insect. Well I dont know what happen when it come to the mosquitoes..:) There were a few around the house. And yes. when one came my way I ran the other...eekking all the way.hahaha They got a big laugh out of that..:)
I didnt know what to put this under. It was something I saw..:) While we (me & aunty) waiting for my host. This was the site we saw. I did take the pic. But didnt realize I had to pay for that pic. I think the money should have went to the monkey instead..
Governor House is another beautiful building in Karachi. Sindh province has its own governor who is the administrator of the province. I didn’t get the chance to look the building from inside as too much security around that building. I was stopped at the main gate and asked to turn back. Never mind, you could try to get in.
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