Karachi is the capital of Sindh province situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, north-west of the Indus River Delta.
Karachi is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Pakistan. With 20 million residents, it is also one of the world's most-populous cities. Though primarily an economic hub for the country, Karachi is also considered the heart of Pakistan.
Amid the hustle of Karachi is one of the most popular, serene and sacred sites in the city. The mausoleum Mazar-E-Quaid is an impressive monument and tribute to the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, also known as Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader).
10:00am-11:00am : Clifton Beach
Dip your toes in the shiny, sandy shallows of the Arabian Sea at Clifton Beach--a perfect break from the city. A must see for first-time visitors to Karachi, the beach provides plenty of opportunities for photography and family activities (although swimming is not one of them). At daybreak, fishers haul in their nets while strolling along the long coast, and sunsets are particularly spectacular. During busy hours, the place is full of restaurant-goers and hustling camel/horse guides, but you can also enjoy a peaceful stroll on your own along the wide stretch of sand.
11:30am-1:00pm : Dolmen Mall Clifton
Shop and dine at Dolmen Mall Clifton, which sits by the waterfront and combines food, fashion, and entertainment. The mall provides you with a range of popular retail brands, both local and international, with products including cosmetics, homewares, jewelry, toys, and books. You can try traditional meals or have some fast food at popular food chains in the food court, before heading to the entertainment area for some games.
1:30pm-5:30pm : The Great Fiesta Family Water Park
10:00am-11:30am : Zainab Market
Put your haggling skills to the test at Zainab Market, as you choose between top brands at affordable prices. You can find almost anything at the market, including bags, clothing, footwear, shawls, jewelry, handicrafts, and plenty of other goods. Shops sell both popular and local brands, as the crowded market hums with the sound of people haggling to get a better price. Join in to see what discounts you can get, then walk along the market’s streets to get a taste of the local culture.
12:00pm-2:00pm : Mohatta Palace Museum
Appreciate the luxurious architecture of Mohatta Palace Museum, acquaint yourself with the country’s culture, and pore through some fascinating exhibitions. Devoted to the arts of Pakistan, the exterior of the museum features stonework depicting flowers, peacocks, and other adornments. The mansion was built by the Mohatta family in the 1920s as a summer house, and remains notable for its beautiful gardens, which surround the main palace building, which consists of a basement, ground floor, and first floor. Long corridors, terraces, and double doors add to the palace's overall luxurious style.
2:30pm-4:00pm : Ocean Tower
Shop popular international brands at Ocean Tower, and enjoy the view of Karachi port. This 120 m (393 ft) skyscraper offers a variety of products, a cinema complex, a play area for kids, and food courts. Go to the top and have a meal at a restaurant while enjoying views of the city and the port. Designed in a contemporary architectural style, the skyscraper boasts a luxurious, modern interior.
4:30pm-6:00pm : Frere Hall
Admire the fusion of British and sub-continent architecture built in mid 19th century at Frere Hall, known for its distinct Venetian-Gothic look and colonial heritage. The exterior's many pointed arches and ribbed vaults evoke feelings of grandiosity and mystery. The true showstopper is the Sadequain gallery's ceiling on the upper floor-- blues, reds, oranges, and yellows fill the room in intricate psychedelic patterns. The ground floor exhibits pre-Pakistani manuscripts and books, and the surrounding Jinnah garden offers an opportunity to relax in lush greenery.
10:00am-11:00am : Tooba Mosque
11:00am-12:30pm :Boat Basin
Enjoy continental and oriental dishes at Boat Basin, while sitting outdoors. The park contains a long street filled with different restaurants, where you can eat anything from burgers to traditional meals, and polish it all off with an ice cream. The bistros once catered to people who came for boating, but because of excessive water pollution, boats were forbidden. Today, the array of bistros combine to create a popular dining location. In addition to being famous for various food choices, the site offers many shops and grocery stores.
12:30pm-2:30pm : Park Towers
Peruse a variety of brands at Park Towers, and search for traditional handmade products representing the local culture. You can find everything you need at this huge mall, including clothing, footwear, electronics, books, crafts, groceries, and souvenirs. Prices at almost all stores are fixed, so you cannot bargain. The mall, which was the first in Karachi, provides facilities for kids, and places where you can rest. Cap off your visit with a meal at one of the mall's restaurants.
3:00pm-5:00pm : Mazar-E-Quaid
Mazar-E-Quaid, the tomb of the founder of Pakistan, stands nobly in the center of a vast and tranquil landscaped garden. The pure white marble mausoleum to Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Muhammad Ali Jinnah, completed in 1970 by architect Yahya Merchant, also provides the final resting place to Jinnah's sister, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (Mother of the Nation) and Pakistan's first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan. Check out the museum underneath the tomb to see personal belongings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Expect to take your shoes off and do a bit of walking without them.
10:10am-5:30pm : Wazir Mansion
Wazir Mansion known officially as Quaid-i-Azam Birthplace Museum is a former family home in the Kharadar district of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan which is considered the birthplace of the country's founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
"It was built during 1860-1870 with stone masonry in lime and jute mortar to suit the volatile weather of Karachi."
11:30am-2:00pm : Bin Qasim Park Clifton
Take a walk around Bin Qasim Park Clifton and adnmire the lush vegetation alongside the beach. The park, which covers 52 ha (130 ac) of land, features a turtle pond, murals of dinosaurs, and a kids’ play area, making it a great spot for a quiet day with family and friends. Relax on the marble benches and look out over the large rose garden, before grabbing a meal at one of the onsite restaurants. If you want to dine surrounded by nature, bring a picnic basket and enjoy the views.
2:30pm-5:00pm : The Forum
10:00am-12:30pm : Karachi Zoo
See a wide variety of animals, kept with care and attention in good condition at Karachi Zoo, the second-oldest zoo in the country. Among many perennial favorites, the highlight here remains its elephant house. Head to the reptile area to see one of the few such places in Pakistan. The onsite natural history museum also draws crowds with its collections of taxidermied animals, horns, antlers, and feathers.
1:00pm-3:30pm : Jheel Park
The Jheel Park or Society Jheel Park is situated near Tariq Road in P.E.C.H Society, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
The park is constructed on 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land. There is a natural pond of water in the park where in the olden days people used to come to hunt migratory birds. The park has 2 main entrances, one on Hamid Hussain Farooqi road and the other on Allama Iqbal road.
4:00pm-6:00pm : Dolmen Mall Tariq Road
Browse through popular but affordable brands, as well as some local options, at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road. You simply cannot plan the time you’ll spend here, as the mall contains numerous stores selling a range of clothing, footwear, and accessories. When you get tired of shopping, grab a bite at the food court, which offers famous food chains, as well as some traditional meals. You can also take the kids to the family entertainment area and play an array of different games. The easily accessible mall, which displays contemporary architecture, has a parking lot.
10:00am-11:30am : Empress Market
Indulge your senses with huge bowls of exotic nuts, hanging dried fruits, and the strong scent of spices and tea in the air at Empress Market. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria-- the Empress of India in late 19th century-- the market attracts locals and foreigners alike for its vibrant ambiance and cheap prices. Find fresh vegetables, meat, textiles, household items, various knick knacks and trinkets, as well as domestic and exotic animals. Be aware that haggling is expected.
12:30pm-2:30pm : Pakistan Maritime Museum
Enter submarines and learn about the history of the Pakistani Navy at Pakistan Maritime Museum. Go to the maritime history gallery to see metallic weapons dating back to the eighth century, navigational instruments, maps, and miniature paintings. Learn about the Pakistani Navy’s achievements, and see a mural depicting the return of the fleet. Experience the simulation of a target engagement procedure, then admire the skeleton of a whale, displayed at the museum.
3:00pm-6:00pm : PAF Museum
Inspect weapons and aircraft from World War I and II, as well as a collection of Pakistan Air Force planes, at PAF Museum. Before you enter the building, walk through the adjoining park to see different radars and weapons. Then, inside the museum proper, learn about the history of military aircraft and find out about different fighter aircraft models. The museum’s archives host rare relics, celebrating the achievements of various squadrons. While you reflect on the somber exhibits, the children will enjoy the museum's entertainment area, which has swings and carousels. You can purchase both snacks and beverages at the onsite cafe.
10:00am-11:00am : Three Swords Monument
Situated in the heart of the city, Three Swords Monument commemorates Pakistan's founder. The three tall marble swords in the center of the traffic roundabout depict the electoral symbol of the Pakistan People's Party (led by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto). Architect Minoo Mistri's design bears the inscription, "Unity, Faith, Discipline"--founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's credo. Around the monument, the busy downtown buzzes with places to shop for clothes or souvenirs, grab a drink, or have a meal in one of the small local restaurants.
1:00pm-3:30pm : Safari Park
Take a chairlift to enjoy scenic views at Safari Park, and see a natural swan lake. The park offers perfect spots to relax, as well as paintball, mini golf, and a play area for kids. For more adventure, engage in other activities, such as quad biking, indoor climbing, and the ropes course. Visit the little onsite zoo to see elephants, monkeys, camels, and other animals. As the park offers many attractions and things to do, it makes a great place to spend time with family and engage in group activities. You can buy drinks, food, and snacks at the park.
4:00pm-5:30pm : University of Karachi
Spread over 1200 acres of land, University of Karachi was established through the parliament as a Federal University in 1951. However, through another act of the parliament in 1962 its status was redefined as university of the province of Sindh. On 23rd October, 1950 the Karachi University Act was passed and after an amendment in 1951, it was enacted and Prof A. B. A Haleem was appointed as its first Vice Chancellor. For the first two years, the University of Karachi remained as an examination University for the affiliated colleges. In the year 1953, it started its teaching and research activities at two Faculties of Arts and Science. Opened with an initial intake of 50 students, the university is now a sprawling structure of 53 Departments and 20 world class and highly reputable Research Centers and Institutes, under eight faculties of Arts, Science, Islamic Studies, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Sciences, Law, Education and Medicine. At present, the enrolment of regular students at the Campus is slightly over 24,000. There are over 800 teachers and more than 2500 supporting staff. The University in the beginning was housed in small buildings adjacent to the Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, due to rapid expansion, it began to be felt that the space in which the university was functioning was not enough for its needs. Moreover, the atmosphere of the congested and polluted area was not conducive to higher education and research. Thus, a plot of 1279 acres of land was acquired on the Country Club Road (now University Road) and on 18th January 1960 the university was shifted to the new campus. Thus began, a new phase in the life of the university. The day is still commemorated by various old students' Association and the University administration jointly. Karachi University always proudly mentions the names of renowned educationists and scholars associated with this institution of higher learning like, Dr. I. H. Qureshi, Dr. Mahmud Hussain, Dr. Salemuzzaman Siddiqui, Dr. Afzal Hussain Qadri, Dr. M. M. Ahmed, Dr Mujtaba Karim, Prof. M. Ilyas, Prof. Q. Fareed, Dr. Ibadur Rehman Khan, Prof Muntakhib ul Haq, Prof. Memony, Dr. S. M. Yousuf, Dr. M.A Wali and Dr. Karawala. The faculty was drawn not only from Pakistan but also included eminent educationists from Europe and America.
Karachi University today
The Karachi University today is the biggest university in the country. It comprises eight faculties with which all the colleges of the city are affiliated. B.S., M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. classes under five of these faculties Arts, Science, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Science and Islamic Learning are conducted on the campus, while under the Faculties of Medicine, law and Education it examines the students admitted to their affiliated colleges. Research programmers leading to M.Phil and Ph.D Degree are offered under all the faculties.