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    Karachi: Cliffton Beach

    by yuet29 Written Sep 10, 2009

    Cliffton Beach is the worst beach that I have ever visited. I went to PTDC in Karachi and said I would like to have a taste of the Arabian Sea. The PTDC advised me: Cliffton beach.

    Went to Cliffton beach and got total shocked. I never see a beach with rubbish stretches from the land to the sea, for hundreds of meter.. and benches occupied by crows.. with the evening seabreeze, the feeling was a bit disgusting.. imagine all the rubbish and smell stirred in the air..

    Metup with 2 local later and when I said I have gone to the Cliffton Beach, their respond was: 'Oh gosh, you have seen the worst beach in Pakistan. We do have good beaches..' so I wonder why the PTDC and Thorn Tree people recommending Cliffton Beach, I wonder if they themselves ever visited the beach before..

    If you like to get shocked, it is for you. Or check out how dirty a beach can be!

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    Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    The best time to visit Mazar-e-Quaid, the final resting place of the Founder of the Nation, is before dusk. This allows visitors to enjoy gardens and flowers, reflecting pools, the sunset, and finally the Mausoleum lit by lights from 4 different directions. Another impressive ceremony not to be missed is changing of the guards.

    At a lower level at the side of the Mazar, there are 4 other graves, including those of the 1st murdered prime minister of the country - Liaqat Ali Khan and Quaid's sister - Fatima Jinnah.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the Mazar-e-Quaid. Therefore, I am borrowing one from member Asalaam Aleikum at travelpod.

    Pakistan is a democratic and an Islamic Republic. It was a part of British India until 1947, when the Pakistan Movement for a state for Muslims of the northwestern provinces of British India, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, more commomly known as Quaid-e-Azam or the Great Leader, and the Muslim League resulted in the independence and creation of the state of Pakistan.

    The idea of a separate state was first introduced by the poet philosopher Allama Iqbal in 1930. Subsequently, the name Pakistan (meaning land of pure, but actually made up of letters ‘P’ from Punjab, ‘A’ from Afghania or the Frontier Province, ‘K’ from Kashmir, ‘S’ from Sindh, and ‘Tan’ from Balochistan) was proposed in 1933.

    Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. It is a fairly large country spanning over 810,000 square kilometers.

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    Outdoor eating

    by Aghani Written May 29, 2008

    As all over Pakistan Karachi too has many places to eat on street. They are spread all over city but if you are looking for central place with many shops try Burns Road or Boat Basin (in Clifton). For real outdoor try any restaurant on both sides of Super Highway (Karachi-Hyderabad Motor way).Here there's always breeze even on hottest day.
    One word of Caution: Take along bottled water or order in restaurant. Although tea,coffee or soft drinks are safe.

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    Visit the Quaid's Mausoleum

    by Fudge Updated Jan 18, 2007

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    Decked out on 25th December being Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birthday (a public holiday for this reason in Pakistan), you can visit this beautiful structure any other time of the year unless you want to beat the crowds on xmas day.

    Built in 1954, this Quaid's mausoleum where many pakistanis come to mark respect for their country's founder, is stunning even from a distance. The interior is beautifully decorated, with chandliers being gifted from China and a intricate ceiling with motifs dating back to pre-partition days. (see other pics on link)

    There is also a change of guards to watch for every few hours.

    (Quaid is pronounced Ka-yed with a Q sound on the K)

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  • Planet Earth not Mars...

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Oct 21, 2005

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    Planet Mars..Pakistan

    It is the valley name as Buzzy pas dont know exact it may be the actual name of road.It is located 400 km approx from Karachi..It looks like another Planet isnt it..If u travel from Karachi outwards to Makran you get to see such views.

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    How about some open-air museums?

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated May 7, 2005

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    Pakistan has good museums in Karachi, Bhambor, Hyderabad, Mohenjo Daro, Lahore, Taxila, and Peshawar. Of this list, we liked the one in Peshawar depicting the heritage of that province.

    Pakistanis love their military. Travelers should visit museums of the Pakistan Airforce, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Army.

    The three museums showcase fighter planes, naval ships and submarines and military arms and ammunition used by Pakistan Armed Forces since 1947 (and even before) in a historic perspective. All the three museums display their repertoire in the open area, where visiting families seem to picnic too, and also under covered structures.

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    Karachi

    by AndreSTGT Updated May 11, 2004

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    Karachi

    There is no denying that Karachi is an ugly city. It has none of the architectural heritage of Lahore, so it's not surprising that the two major sights were built after 1950. The Jinnah Mausoleum is worth seeing for its surrounding gardens and the Tuba Mosque with the largest prayer hall in the world is quite impressive.
    Apart from that Karachi gets the honor of having the ugliest city beach in the world.
    The city does offer, however, lively markets, interesting big city life and great food.

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  • Clifton Beach...Karachi

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Mar 13, 2004

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    Close to the popular seaside of the city is Clifton Beach where Karachiites fock to on weekends and holidays. Scattered along the shore are numerous stalls selling handicrafts made from sea shells. Clifton has an amusement park with a bowling alley, and an aquarium. Here is a beautiful playland. Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi is also here. In the front of playland there are small shops. In these shops several beautiful gift items are avaiable made by sea product.

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  • Wonderful Haleji lake

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Mar 13, 2004
    Haleji lake

    Asia's greatest water fowl reserve, Haleji lake is 70 km (about 52 miles) fromKarachi. A perennial freshwater lake with associated marshes. and adjacent brackish seepage lagoons, set in a stony desert.The lake used to be a sanctuary for at least 222 bird species includingcoots, ducks, purple moorhens, kingfishers, pigeons, white herons, teals, waders, mallards, flamingos, shovellers, pelicans, cormorants, egrets, black-headed gulls, pheasants, partridges, and storks. Birds of prey like eagles, buzzards, harriers, falcons, and kites too visited the lake to catch other birds. During winter, a hundred thousand birds fly down to Haleji from the cold of Siberia. It is a bird watchers' paradise. Between Bhanbhore and Thatta, if you turn into the countrylane by the 82km (51/1 mile-furlong stone) a 6-km long drive will bring you to the largest bird sanctuary of the country, Haleji Lake. During the winter, migatory birds come to this lake in very large numbers to the great delight of the bird watchers

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  • Bhanbore...Karachi

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Mar 13, 2004

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    Bhanbore...ancient archaeological site

    This is believed to be the ancient port city of Debul which flourished in the 8th century A.D. It is also where the Arab conqueror Mohammad Bin Qasim first touched the shores of the South Asia in 712 A.D. And where, after a fierce battle with the then reigning King, the Arabs consolidated their hold for subsequent expansion. Bhanbore is located about 64 kms (40 miles) east of Karachi.. Popular folklore has it that in the vicinty of Bhanbore was the trysting-place of the star-crossed lovers Sassi and Pannu, much celebrated in local performing arts.This is the site of a large town that existed at least 1400 years ago. The pieces of pottery found by archaeologists are similar to those found at Taxila and known to be of the 1st century B.C. Banbhore has given our museums a strong archeological heritage. One which attracts tourists from all corners and all continents.

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  • Kirthar National Park..Karachi

    by WAHEEDASLAM Written Mar 13, 2004

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    Kirthar National Park..Karachi

    Measuring over 3,000 square kilometers in the Kirthar hills. The best season to visit is from October to February. However, it is the greenest in August during the monsoons. Kirthar was designated a national park by the Sindh Wildlife Department in 1974, the first of Pakistan's parks to be included in the UN's listing of National Parks of 1975.
    The rolling valleys and rugged lines of the Kirthar hills form a natural haven for urial sheep, ibex and chinkara gazelle. Jungle cats, desert cats and even the occasional leopard or desert wolf also prowl the park, but you would be extremely lucky to see them. Pangolin (scaly anteaters), porcupines and monitor lizards are in vast numbers.
    Kirthar National Park is the habitat of rare species that include the Sind Ibex, Chin Kara, Gazelles, Leopards, Wildsheep, and other animals. Mammals in the park include Asiatic leopard, Stripped Hyena, Desert Wolf, Indian Fox, Sind Wild Goat (Ibex), Urial (Gad), Honey Badger, Indian Pangolin, Caracal, Jungle cat, Jackal, Chinkara Gazelle, Black Buck (Reintroduced), Hedgehog, Porcupine, Mongoose, Cairo Spiny mouse and the Rock Mouse. Birds may include; Lammegier vulture (Winter Migrant), Bonnelli's eagle, Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Close-Barred sandgrouse, Houbara bustard, Grey partridge, See partridge, Stone Curlew, Finche larks, Hoopoe, shrikes and Wheatears.
    Reptiles found in the park are The Rock python, Sind cobra, Russell's viper, Sawscaled viper, Sind krait, Royal rat snake, Tortoises, Monitor lizard, Sind Crocodile (possibly extinct) and different species of lizard and chameleon. The Kirthar Park is undoubtedly, amongst the best maintained recreation parks of Pakistan.

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  • Karachi...Pakistan

    by WAHEEDASLAM Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    Beautifully designed Tooba Mosque in Karachi

    Karachi is a city that has a large variety of places to go and things to do. In every part of the city there is some club or organization. No matter where you are, you can be guaranteed a good time.One day she will be the Queen of the East", said Charles Napier a hundred year ago about Karachi. It was then only a small village. Today Karachi bursts upon the visitor as a vast commercial and industrial center, a sea of people teeming with human activity, its population having already exceeded nine million mark and still growing.This metropolitan city of Karachi was until 1725 A.D. just a barren piece of land , washed on three sides by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. A few fishermen lived in a small huts on the sunny creek. There was a pool of water on this barren piece of land which was known as Kalachi-jo-Kun. Kalachi was the name of fisherman whereas kun meant a deep kitch. Therefore, "Kalachi-jo-Kun" meant the deep ditch of Kalacahi, the fisherman. A few mud huts sprang around this point and their numbers increased. Gradually a village came into being . This village was called as Kalachi-jo-Ghote, which as time passed grew into prominence. There are many social clubs in Karachi. Don't forget to visit the famous shopping markets of Karachi for cheap shopping. The weather is hot in summer & there is a traffic problem too but you will never forget the excitement of the newly developing tourist attractions. Don't forget to visit Maseloeunm of Quide-e-Azam (founder of Pakistan) as it is the biggest tourist attraction in the city.

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    Father of the Nation

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Muhammad Ali Jinnar led the movement for a separate Muslim state and is regarded by Pakistanis as the Father of the Nation. His tomb stands on a hill overlooking Karachi, and a visit is a good excuse to escape the hectic streets below. The interior is embellished with gifts from China, Japan and Iran.

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    Go to the Empress Market.

    by DesertRat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This large covered bazaar owes its name to Queen Victoria, and the name has not changed since Partition and the establishment of Pakistan in 1947. This is actually my favorite spot in all of Karachi. And for a first-time visitor to the city, it is certainly a must. Make sure you walk through the spice market if nothing else. The smells alone are captivating.

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