Karachi ( The City of Lights )
The largest and the most populous city of Pakistan, presents an interesting and colourful combination of the old and the new. The narrow twisting lanes and alleys of the old n 1947 added to its importance and accelerated its growth and development. Though the seat of the Federal Government shifted to Id artisans with age-old skills produce handicrafts of exquisite beauty.
Karachi officers a variety of pleasant attractions: wide sunny beached, deep-sea fishing, yachting, golf and horse-racing all year round. Its restaurants cater to a wide choice of Pakistani and Western cuisines. Its markets and bazaars offer an endless variety of exciting shopping, including indigenous handicrafts, particularly rugs and carpets of rare designs and beauty. Karachi’s recorded history goes back to the 18thcentury, when it was a small fishing village known as Kolachi-jo-Goth. With the development of its harbor, it gradually grew into a large city and an important centre of trade and industry. Its selection as the capital of Pakistan in 1947 added to its importance and accelerated its growth and development. Through the seat of the Federal Government shifted to Islamabad, Karachi still remains the centre of commerce and industry.
This while marble Mausoleum with its curved Moorish arches and copper grills rests on an elevated 54 sq meters platform. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the Peoples Republic of China. The memorial slab framed with silver railings draws people from far and wide who come to pay respect to the Father of the Nation and to watch the impressive change of guard’s ceremony that takes place every day. Today, the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum is an appointment and impressive landmark of Karachi. Nearby are the graves of the Quaid-e-Milat, , Liaqat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Quaids sister, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah.
Foremost among Karachi’s historic buildings, is the birthplace of Quaid-e—Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The house is balconied, three-storied structure on Newneham Road, located in Kharadar, one of the oldest residential areas of the city. The house has been declared as a protected national monument,
Sindh High Court Building
Build in the Renaissance style, this magnificent sandstone building is a combination of local and Roman styles of architecture. It is embellished with cupolas, balcories and columns.
Liaquat Hall/ Bagh-e-Jinnah
Liaquat Hall it’s surrounded by Bagh-e-Jinnah. Originally called Frere Hall, it was once used as Town Hall where, during colonial days, concerts and social events were held regularly. This two-storied Venetia Gothic building now houses the Liaquat Municipal Library on the ground floor and an art gallery on the first floor. Named after one of Pakistan’s renowned artists, Sadqain the gallery displays a permanent collection of the artist’s work. Sadqain spent last year of his life, painting a huge mural on the ceiling of the gallery but, sadly, did not live to complete it.
Build in 1867 as the landmark of Karachi’s main business centre, Mereweather Tower is another historical monument of Karachi. It stands 35 meters high and carries a four-faced clock.
Mausoleum of Saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi
The shrine is the burial place of one of the most revered Sufi saints of Sindh. Hazrat Abdullah Shaha Ghazi. This shrine is green in color and can’t be missed at the point.
Clifton beach & Fun land
Close to the popular seaside of the city, is Clifton Beach, where karachiites flock 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.
Built by the British to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign, this historic market is designed in the domestic Gothic style. From its centre, rises a tall clock tower. The market contains shops that sell meat, fish poultry, vegetables and other groceries.
Located in the centre of the city, once you enter the gates you are transported into a tranquil setting. Elephant rides are also offered here. Wednesday is a ladies-only day.
Situated in the Defence Housing Authority, Masjid-e-Toooba is a modern architectural marvel. It is said to be the largest single dome mosque. The dome covers central prayer hall with a capacity to accommodate a congregations of 5,000 people. The mosque’s single minaret stands 70 meters high.
Quaid-e-Azam House/Flag Staff House
The Quaid-e-Azam House and Museum, earlier known as the Flag Staff House, is located on the Fatima Jinnah Road. Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, purchased the house on the eve of independence and later Madar-e-Millat Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah lived for many year here. The building was designed by architect So make. The house was built in 1890.
In the late 1920’s Shivraten Mohatta, a businessman from Marwar commissioned the architect Ahmed Hussein Agha to design a Rajput palace in the prestigious located of Clifton on the Arabian Sea. After 1947, the building was used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then remained under use of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. In 1995, the Culture Department of Sindh purchased and restored the Palace and converted it into a museum. The building was sandblasted back to its original color. The roof, doors and windows were carefully conserved, as were the stunning frescoes on the ceilings. The museum opened its doors to the public on September, 15th 1999.
National Museum of Pakistan and Burns Garden
This Museum, on Dr.Ziauddin Ahmed Road, contains an important collection of items relating to Pakistan’s ancient heritage. Well arranged galleries display Indus Civilization artifacts, Gandhara sculptures, Islamic art, miniature paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts documenting Pakistan political history. There is also an interesting ethnological gallery. It remains open from 10 am to 5 pm.
Martime Naval Museum
With well organized displays this museum remains open daily from 9 am to 10 p.
Built to preserve the history of Pakistan Air Force, PAF Museum remains open throughout the week.
Fayzee Rehamin Art Gallery
The Fayazee Rehamin Art Gallery and Reference Library of Fine Art (Aiwan-e-Rifat) on M.R. Kiyani Road is a favorite heaven for art lovers and students.