Karachi Travel Guide

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Karachi Highlights

  • Pro
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     Melting pot of various cultures 

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     Dirty, hectic, a wake-up-call in today's sheltered & censored world! ;-) 

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     The most happening place in Pakistan 

Karachi Things to Do

  • Mazar-e-Quaid

    Quaid-e-Azam`s Mausoleum is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi. Designed by Architect Yahya Merchant, this white marble Mausoleum with its curved arches and copper grills was completed in 1970. Its cool interior reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the peoples Republic of China. There is a large park...

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  • Sea View

    NOTE: The fountain is operational only on Saturday and Sunday, starting at Sunset for 3-4 hours only. A beautiful sunset on a beach; with Oyster Islands in the back ground; sets the 2nd highest jet fountain. Yes, this is Clifton Beach, Karachi! I have read in the newspaper and heard arguments against the government wastage on this, but there...

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  • Kemari

    Visitors to Karachi should not miss a visit to Manora. Manora is an island in the harbour of Karachi. It has a military base but boasts among the attractions the oldest chapel in Karachi and a very ancient Hindu temple which is being restored. The main attraction is the lighthouse that few can visit which was built over a 100 years ago. The...

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Karachi Hotels

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Karachi Restaurants

  • Salt n Pepper Village Restaurant

    Best attraction about Village is its location. No other restaurant is located on sea shore in this area. Secondly they have a great variety of dishes including fish, bar-b-q, Indian, Chinese, pizza, deserts, Qulfi & Ice Cream. They do offer seasonal fruits. As I am very fond of sweets so I liked their desert menu. They do offer Juices which are...

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  • BBQ Tonight

    Seekh Kebab, Grilled Prawns, Lamb Roast simply mouth watering and best served in town. I have tried many other places but this is the best. Have been an admirer since mid 1980's and without doubt BBQ has been my first choice, as I put it 'come for the dinner and hang onto the taste' Bar B Q, Specialities, Afghani and Lamb Roast

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  • Al-Habeeb

    Al-Habib Restaurant is situated on main Super Highway near Northern bypass at about 30 minutes drive from the city. It is a great experince for locals to go away from the hassle life of city and enjoy a good time with family & friends. I've been there 2-3 times with friends & office fellas but I've seen several families too. They have indoor as...

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Karachi Nightlife

  • Clifton and Sea View

    Karachi Port Trust has build the world's second larges Fountain in the sea in front of Clifton Beach. This fountain shoots up sea water over 600 feet. The whole fountain is lit with mega white lights. It is visible throughout the sea shore on Clifton Beach and Sea View. Fountain gives a magnificent view in night.

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  • DINING OUT AT FOOD STREET

    There are a lot of areas in Karachi where you can eat good food, but "BURNS ROAD" is acclaimed to be the Food Street of Karachi. From Fresco Chawk (Round about) till Women College there are a lot of Restaurants offering Local, Indian, Fast Food, Bar B-Q, Deserts & Buffets.Fresco Chawk is famous due to Fresco Sweets. They make traditional sweets...

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  • night time

    The Nightlife of karachi is too awsome......peple gathered on sea view & many other places having fun........http://traveljin.com/pakistan/

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Karachi Transportation

  • Local Transport

    Local Bus Service and Old Taxi Service (Yellow Cab / Black Cab) is not quite satisfactory in Karachi because they are non airconditioned, not metered or having fast meters. So Visitors are advised to use following air conditioned CAB services for moving from Air Port to Hotel or from Hotel to any specific location. At Karachi Airport you can...

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  • By Train

    If you want to travel from Lahore to Karachi or vice versa by train then Karakoram Express & KARACHI EXPRESS are relatively fast & comfortable than others. They only stops on 6 stations in between Lahore-Karachi. All rail cars are new, imported from China. Seats are comfortable. It is recommended to carry Food/Water with you because food at...

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  • By Air

    I have a pleasant experience with Air Blue in a KHI-ISB-KHI trip. Plains are new & clean. Flights departed and arrived on time. The food was superb. All crew was cooperative. After making a very good reputition in domestic, now they are conqureing the international routes. For easier online booking facility Click http://www.airblue.com/index.asp....

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Karachi Shopping

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  • Zainab Market

    Zainab Market is situated in the heart of City (Saddar) at the end of Zaibunnisa Street near Hotel Avari Tower. It is also at walking distance from other reknown hotels like PC, Sheraton & Marriot. Nearest markets are Zaibunnisa Street, Bohri Bazar Saddar. So it is a place for complete family shopping. Shop keepers keep latest variety of stuff...

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  • Park Towers

    Also known as the POINT. An up-scale shopping center to buy quality stuff. Small department store to buy textile stuff (Chen One) to small boutiques and speciality stores. What I have seen is the most people go there for window shopping, and to spend some free time. Clothes, Shoes, Leather Goods, handicraft, books, electronics, books, food items,...

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  • Gul Plaza - More than a Gift Shopping...

    I had an impression about Gul Plaza that it is an expensive place & only decoration items are sold there. But when I went there I've found that its not as expensive as I thought and also you can shop dozens of household items besides gift items. On first & second floor you can find Household appliances, kids toys, imported Crockery (Specially...

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Karachi Local Customs

  • Islamaic Traditions

    The "Feast of Sacrifice" and a fleeing animal lover's escape: This festival concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca ("Hajj"), begins on the 10th of the last month of the Islamic calendar & lasts for 3 days. The festival commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God by sacrificing his only son. Any family that can afford it will buy a goat, sheep or...

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  • Siberian Birds Hunting !

    Bokhari Bhai I have spend a lot of time in Thatta District a lot of birds come there from Siberia and can you imagine the forest department people capture them and give them as gift to their officers and to the politicians. I have also got some of them once but I felt sorry after I got them cut for food as they have so little meat in them because...

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  • Merge yourself with locals

    General tips for foreigners planning to work in Karachi Pakistan. Both Metreya and Mahmood are right in their differing opinions. Gorikate already knows envirionment of Karachi. No need to drag on this controversy. What we are discussing here is whether Gorikate can find a good job with her limited education but enough experience in office work....

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Karachi Warnings and Dangers

  • Drinking Water

    It's one thing to be careful of drinking water that is not bottled, but also keep in mind that any local juices usually use tap water. I made the mistake to drink sugar cane juice from a local merchant, and I was sick for 2 days after that.

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  • Traffic

    I've read all previous reviews about traffic in Karachi. It is shameful for us that most of them are true. People mostly don't follow traffic rules. They break signals, run into one way & create traffic jam on every other signal. Roads are insufficient for above 15 million population. They are not wide enough. There are no parking rules. People...

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  • Mosquitos

    Mosquitoes are unfortunately an annoying reality in most tropical or hot countries; Pakistan is no different. But whereas in countries such as Africa, India & Thailand travellers are mostly worried about contracting Malaria, in Karachi the most dangerous threat is DENGUE FEVER. Dengue is a disease transmitted worldwide by mosquitoes. Depending on...

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Karachi Tourist Traps

  • Beggars

    There are beggars everywhere and it really pulls at your heart strings, especially when they're children. But you can't give money to all of them. It seemed like the general population ignored them a lot, which bothered me a little. Sometimes they will crowd you and touch you and follow you, and if you ask them to stop or leave you alone, they...

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  • camel vendors & overcharging

    They will tell you a fare first, you agree. and then within minutes, when u're on the camel, and the camel has walked a lil, they'll ask you if you wanna go further, to which obviously you'll say yes cos you've hardly gone 5 minutes. They'll then tell you the fare will be doubled... this is unfair behaviour. When you fix the fare, tell the camel...

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  • Taxi from Airport

    Once i returned from islambad at night and when i call taxi the driver demand 200PKR for a short distance from air port. I took my bag and came out from air port area to main road and call a taxi and he demand only 80 rupees lol.Hope you understand my point and i think it is better to walk a little than gave double money to taxi driver.

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Karachi What to Pack

  • An American Woman in Karachi

    Leave space in one of your bags to take back things you have purchased and gifts that you have received from people jeans are okay, tunic-style-flowy-loose fitting tops, clothes to lounge around the house in, a light jacket for cool winter evenings, dress slacks to wear to nicer events (although i recommend buying a pretty shalwar or sari from a...

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  • summer clothes

    karachi is warm thru out the year - except for a few winter days, the over all karachi climate in warm - and breezy at night.If you are coming in winter, it gets a bit chilly at night - so a single sweater / cardgian would do .else thru out summer jeans, t shirt, shorts , top , shirt are ok -as most ppl will think , headscarve is not necessary...

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  • Keep it light and loose, pack everything

    its always good to bring more than you need so you dont spend time driving around trying to find it. sandals are the best thing to bring because it is warm. at least you should have 4 pair. you can find mostly everything so take small amounts if you want to. camera and video camera. camera is a must to keep with you so you can grab those great...

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Karachi Off The Beaten Path

  • Boating

    Charna is a rocky uninhabited Arabian Sea island located on the verge of the notorious Balochistan province, West of Kemari - Karachi's main port, and right in front of Mubarak village - a fishermen village in Karachi's outskirts. The island has got underwater coral reefs around, which is why it is gaining popularity among urban youth for scuba...

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  • Bhambore

    In our History books, Bhanbore is referred as Dabul, where Mohd. Bin Qasim, a 17 year old Arab General, landed to free Arab traders who were being held hostage at the small fort on this sight. The city was attacked using a device called "Manjaneek", a catapult that threw large stones. This is also considered a milestone when Islam first entered the...

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  • Villages and Farms

    Sleepy little villages and towns are located on the entire stretch of National and Super Highways, Here, at a small town of Dhabeji, located about 40 kms (23 miles) from Karachi on National Highway, donkeys are waiting for customers to test their load carrying capabilities. My fond memories from these villages are the colorful dresses of the...

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Karachi Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf Course

    DHA Country & Golf Club is situated in Defence Housing Authority Phase 8 near Marina Club. Golf course & other club services are available for members only. With standard 18 hole golf course, they have flood lights for night golfing too. Besides Golfing they offer swimming pool, snooker & other indoor sports. Lunch/dining for members, their...

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  • Boating

    Pakistan with a vast coastiline facing the Arabian sea provides ample opportunity for deep sea fishing and other water sports. However unfortunately little effort has been delled to promote this sport and other activities. However there are fishing/sports enthusiasts who have put in a lot of effort in developing this activity (see attached/linked...

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  • Cricket

    Pakistani people are crazy about cricket. May be few of you wouldn’t have any clue about cricket but it is more like a baseball game. Everywhere you go in the city, you could watch youth playing cricket in the ground, streets, and parks, literally everywhere. National stadium Karachi is one of the main spot in Pakistan for cricket.

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Karachi Favorites

  • Money Exchangers

    The Pakistani currency is Rupee. It is advisable to get local currency before you buy stuff in the city's store especially if you are buying small items that you need to pay cash. Stop by and exchanged some dollars to rupees in banks. A number of licensed Currency Exchange Companies that operate their offices located in various part of the cities...

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  • Embassies

    Here are the contact details (year 2007) of some consulates and high commissions that are located in Karachi: AUSTRALIA: http://www.pakistan.embassy.gov.au/ 2-a/1, St 20, Phase 5, Defence Society. Tel: +92-21-5864905. Fax: +92-21-5870843. FRANCE: http://www.consulfrance-karachi.org.pk/ 12/A, Mohammad Ali Bogra Road, Bath Island. Tel:...

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  • Jinnah Int. Airport

    Karachi Airport is very far from the city center and modern housing societies in the city. So, you must keep in the mind the factor of Traffic and this much far distance whenever you have to take a flight from Karachi airport to anywhere.Upon arrival you should go to the "Foreigners" counter. When you are the only foriner on the flight you will be...

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