Travels Through Pakistan: Karachi

Here at Allshore, we like to be as educated as possible when it comes to our Pakistani team members and their homes. One of the first surprising things I learned about Pakistan was how beautiful of a country is it. Given its geological location, not many people expect it to be home to such diverse natural and manmade wonders.  

In the last of our travel series, we’ll explore the booming mega-city of Karachi.

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Karachi began as a fishing town, but quickly became a major port during British occupation. Due to its coastal position with easy access for ships, Karachi became industrialized in order to both produce and export goods. The city’s population boomed, and when Pakistan officially became a country, the newly created capital filled with even more people. Karachi remained the capital of Pakistan until the title was formally given to Islamabad in 1969.

Karachi has amazing sights, food, and people. Due to its extensive history and population, there is plenty to enjoy.

Historical sites are abound in Karachi, such as Frere Hall, a British colonial building that served as the town hall during British rule. Now converted into a museum, Frere Hall boasts a large historic library, beautiful courtyard gardens, and art by Pakistani painter Sadequain.

Another museum that will delight history and architecture lovers alike is the Mohatta Palace Museum. Built in 1927 at the request of a wealthy Indian business owner, the building is a blend of European and South Asian building styles. Later on, the building was used by the Pakistan government after Partition as a headquarters for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the 1990’s the building was restored and converted into a museum that now houses historic and art exhibits.

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Outside the city, Bhambore is a must see. These ancient ruins are more than two thousand years old, and illustrates the changes from three distinct time periods in the area. The city was originally a port city, but over time the Indus River slow shifted course, and the city was eventually abandoned for better access to the river.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing way to beat the heat, Clifton Beach offers many fun distractions. You can enjoy the sand, sun, and water along with families from all over the city. Horse and camel rides across the beach can be purchased, and there are plenty of delicious drinks offered by vendors. A scenic, but more adventurous beach, is the popular picnic spot of Paradise Point. With a rocky cape on the Arabian Sea, Paradise Point’s cliffs, arches, and towers are as famous as the waters they rest in. Here, visitors can also go on horse or camel rides along the shore to enjoy the view.

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One of the most famous sites in city is the National Mausoleum, or Mazar-e-Quaid. This is the tomb of the nation’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It was completed in 1970 and thousands of visitors come every year to honor Jinnah’s memory. Karachi also boasts one of the largest single dome mosques in the world: Masjid-e-Tooba. This amazing white marble structure can hold up to 5,000 people at one time in the central prayer hall alone, and has a dome diameter of 212 feet. Outdoors, the mosque is surrounded by walkways, fountains, and gardens.

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A bright and interesting place, Karachi offers many amazing places and sights. Whether you love history, or just want to enjoy the outdoors, this populous vibrant city will impress and delight you.

 

 

 

Sources:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/311918/Karachi/61942/History
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/pakistan/sindh/karachi/sights/beaches-islands-waterfronts/clifton-beach
http://travel.hamariweb.com/Asia/Pakistan/Karachi/Places-to-Visit/Paradise-Point
http://whitengreen.com/pk-658-frere-hall-baghejinnah-karachi
http://www.mohattapalacemuseum.com/About%20the%20Museum.html
http://dhatoday.com/masjid-e-tooba-all-you-need-to-know/
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Photos:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karachi_downtown.jpeg Author: Asjad Jamshed
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mohatta_Palace_Karachi_2.jpg 
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bhambore_(4).jpg Author: DanishKausar
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clifton_Beach_4.jpg Author: JJ Harrison
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:QUAID_E_AZAM.JPG Author: Saruhany
Banner Photos:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Broad_Peak.JPG
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peshawar_Museum.JPG Author: Khalid Mahmood
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rohtas_Fort_Magnificent_Kabuli_Gate.jpg Author: Omar mukhtar
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pakistan_Khyber_Pass_IMG_9928.jpg Author: Anthony Maw
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Habba_Khatoon.jpg Author: Zahid samoon
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arcs_at_Night.jpg Author: Yaser619

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Anne Sutherland

Administrative Coordinator at Allshore Virtual Staffing
Anne Sutherland is an Administrative Coordinator at Allshore Virtual Staffing, a remote staffing agency. Having a BA in Asian Studies, minor in Japanese, and time spent abroad, Anne excels at multi-cultural communication and continually stays up to date on cultural events and research.

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