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Karachi

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Karachi is the most diverse and cosmopolitan city in Pakistan and may offer a hint as to the future direction of modern life in Pakistan. In many ways, it can be compared to New York where the pace of life is more hurried and the time is money. Large numbers of non-Muslim religious communities are settled in Karachi compared to other Pakistan cities.

Karachi is the capital of the province of Sindh and is the largest city and financial capital of Pakistan. The early history of Karachi dates back to 327 325 BC when Alexander the Great used the city to camped and prepare a fleet for Babylonia. Karachi was later known to the Arabs as Debal from where Muhammad bin Qasim led his conquering force into South Asia in 712 AD. The modern day history of Karachi begins when it was made the capital of Sindh in the 1840s. In 1878 under the British Raj the city was connected to the rest of British India by rail. Public building projects such as Frere Hall and Empress Market were undertaken. In 1876 Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan was born in the city. Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Karachi had become a bustling metropolis with beautiful classical and colonial European styled buildings lining the city’s thoroughfares.

Jinnah International Airport is Karachi’s largest international and domestic airport located on the outskirts of the main city though in a huge populated area. The Airport has connections to many other hubs such as Toronto London New York Tokyo and Dubai. It is also the hub for Pakistan International Airlines Pakistans national carrier which flies to numerous destinations including all the major cities in Pakistan and international cities such as London New York Toronto Istanbul Kabul Copenhagen Paris Frankfurt Kuala Lumpur Abu Dhabi Chicago Birmingham Manchester and Glasgow.

There are 3 direct flights from the London Heathrow Airport to Karachi offered by Pakistan International Airlines. There are also numerous connecting flights from London Birmingham Manchester and Glasgow to Karachi offered by Oman Air Qantas Qatar Airways Emirates Etihad and many more. The Airport has three terminals out of which the Terminal 3 also referred as Jinnah Terminal is in the commercial operations whereas Terminal 2 is now dedicated to Hajj operations and Terminal 1 is now the Head Quarter of Civil Aviation Authority. The Main Jinnah Terminal ie Terminal 3 is divided into two concourses the Jinnah East Satellite Concourse which is used for international flights and Jinnah West Satellite Concourse for domestic flights. Karachi is a huge city and there is a lot to see here, but the typical tourist sights are concentrated in South Karachi. Urdu is the national language and is spoken throughout Pakistan as a lingua franca. However, being Pakistans largest city and main commercial center English is widely used in the corporate world and in banking and trading. English is also the official language of the country and you will be able to get by with English everywhere, as most people you will encounter can communicate in broken English at the very least.

The top places of attraction are the Mohatta Palace, Quaid e Azam’s Mausoleum and Museum, Frere Hall Liaquat Hall Bagh E Jinnah, Wazir Mansion, National Museum Of Pakistan Burns Garden.

Shopping in Karachi is a delight. There is the Sarafa Bazaar, a typical oriental gold and silver market in the city’s old quarters. Among the many colorful shopping areas offering a wide variety of local goods, is the Zainab Market where cotton dresses and handicrafts are available. Shops in the Saddar Co-operative Market have a wide collection of handicrafts made from onyx wood and brass. Bohri Bazaar is also a typical oriental market, where an endless variety of goods is available. Other modern shopping centers are at Clifton, Zaib un Nisa Street, Abdullah Haroon Road, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road. The old Eastern Bazaars are in Juna Market, Kharadar, Mithadar, and Jodia Bazar, which are worth visiting. Tourists are recommended to visit All Pakistan Women’s Association shop on Abdullah Haroon Road and the PIDC Cottage Industries showroom where prices are fixed and quality ensured. Karachi is the worlds cheapest city and the shopping capital of the country. You can shop to your heart’s content in the massive range of markets and bazaars that dot the city, or you can shop in one of the many modern shopping malls that are found across the city’s more affluent sectors, namely Defence and Clifton. A recent survey by the Times newspaper the UK found Karachi to be the cheapest city in the world.

Karachi’s golden beaches stretch for miles. The more accessible of them are SANDSPIT HAWKES BAY and PARADISE POINT, which are within a radius of 10 to 20 km from the city and about 30 minutes drive away. A ride on a gaily decorated camel is a must for most visitors. Just off the National Highway 27 km from Karachi is Chaukundi. This is the site of graveyards that date back to the 16th 18th centuries. The tomb slabs of women’s graves are embellished with designs of jewelry necklaces earning and rings while those of men bear horse and rider motifs as well as floral and abstract designs.

Haleji Lake 86 km from Karachi is the largest bird sanctuary near Karachi where every winter thousands of migratory birds come from as far as Siberia. A paradise for bird watchers Haleji Lake has a small Rest House run by Sindh Tourism Development Corporation.