Noise, lights, enthusiasm, and diversity are what describe the largest city of Pakistan. Karachi, known as Kolachi in the past, used to be a village for fishermen before it was turned into a metropolis. Rich with history, you’ll find all types of people and things in this city that seems to be alive on its own.
Here’s a list of 10 places that you absolutely must travel to in Karachi!
Karachi is known for its beaches, so anyone who travels to this city definitely heads to the beaches at least once. Churna Island, located only a two-hour drive away from central Karachi, offers the best sea experience. From swimming to snorkeling and even scuba diving, there’s a lot you can do when you’re at this popular destination. You’ll get to see the most fascinating sea creatures — fish, snakes, turtles — when you visit Churna Island.
A breathtaking sight, the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam attracts both tourists and locals routinely. Its beautiful, all-white marble structure is as impressive as the man who founded the country when the sun beats down on its dome. Pakistan’s history and the Quaid’s life is displayed at this museum, with gardens surrounding it.
Built by a Hindu prince back in 1925, the architecture of the Mohatta Palace is a sight to behold. Today, it’s used as an art gallery and museum with exhibitions being held there often.
Considered one of the best places to enjoy dinner on a weekend night, Do Darya has a splendid view of the sea with food that Karachi is known for.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses tombs of ancestors of a tribe in Sindh. The origins of this graveyard are considered to be between the 17th and 18th century. The intricacy of the designs of these graves is traditional of Sindh, standing out and truly taking visitors back into time.
Known locally as Gol Masjid, Tooba Masjid is a sprawling structure that was built in 1969. It’s one of the most beautiful mosques in the country and its architecture is undeniably impressive.
Chaos, color, and culture: these three words perfectly sum Empress Market up. A place that you should visit before rush hour hits the city, this market is everything and anything that you can imagine with the true essence of the city since the Colonial era.
A simple place to describe, but it’s a favorite of the locals of Karachi. Port Grand is considered to be one of the go-to places for the people of this city because it offers everything imaginable for entertainment. From cinemas to food and other attractions, you can even shop at Port Grand!
Out of all the Museums in Karachi, the PAF Museum stands out. It displays aircrafts and weaponry that was used by the Pakistan Air Force throughout history, including the 1965 war with India. There are also World War I and II models and even modern planes displayed.
Although Karachi is not a city known for its greenery, Ibn-e-Qasim Park is the largest park in the city. Set on 130 acres of land, it’s a popular destination for locals for recreation, with a rose garden and ponds that are breathtaking sights during both day and at night.
When you travel to Karachi, you have to keep a lot of time on your hands. This is a diverse city with countless tourist attractions. Aside from well-known places, there are also many places that remain the secret of locals. Make sure that you take your time to explore this city and enjoy the food that it’s famous for!