Karachi is a city of diverse and historic culture. Also, referred to as the ‘The City of Lights,’ it was started as a small fishing Village by an old Fisherman named Mai Kolachi. Today, Karachi has become one of the largest and most populated revenue-generating cities of the country. The city is home to different communities, cultures, and languages; here are the 7 unique features of Karachi, one of the greatest cities of Pakistan.
The city boasts a rich history dating back to 325 BC when Alexander, the Great sheltered in Krokola (Greek Name for Karachi) for lining up his army for Babylonia. Karachi is also the point from where Muhammad Bin Qasim, entered his troops into South Asia around 710 AC.
The area was occupied by Baloch tribesman 200 years ago, turning it into a small fishing town. After the British Invasion in 1843, Karachi got the status of the town, which was later changed to a city. The city also served as the capital of Pakistan for 13 years after independence.
When it comes to a being a rich food city, the title is mostly reserved for Lahore. However, Karachi is also not far behind. Home to a wide range of food eateries ranging from the traditional Pakistani food to the western and continental cuisines, you will find everything here. The Banns Road in Karachi is famous for the traditional dishes such as Karahi, Katakat, Nihari, Haleem, Paye, Maghaz, Machli desserts such as Kulfa Falooda, Rubri, Halwa and drinks including Lassi and Gannay ka Rus. You can dine in fast food chains and restaurants for the continental and western cuisines.
Many people visit Karachi exclusively for shopping. The city has everything for everyone. There is Zainab Market with a huge variety of clothes and personal items for people looking to buy inexpensive but quality items. Empress Market is the famous go to place for the everyday groceries. There are 4-5 huge shopping malls, hosting a number of local and foreign brands of clothes, jewelry, electronics, groceries to literally everything else!
Karachi is blessed with some of the oldest yet stylish and historic architectural pieces, some of which even date back to the Victorian era. Empress Market, Merewether Clock Tower, and Fere Hall are some of the magnificent buildings from the British Victorian Era. The modern day architecture includes the likes of MCB Tower, Harbor Front, the Ocean Tower, the ever so peaceful mausoleum of Quaid, Habib Bank Plaza, and the Iconic Bahria Town.
A visit to the Old City including areas such as Saddar, Mithadar, Kharadar, Elphinstone Street, Napier Road and MA Jinnah Road is an excellent way to explore the city. To avoid traffic and the usual hustles and bustles of the city, the best way around is to go for an early Saturday or Sunday morning drive. You will also find many Hindu temples in the surroundings of the Old City.
Regardless of the hot weather and uncertain political situation in the city, the city has an active nightlife. The residents of Karachi are resilient and love enjoying their life consumed with either food or shopping.
Beaches are one of the most attractive features of Karachi. These beaches are a great center of recreation for young boys, girls, and families. Some of the famous beach names include Hawks bay, Cape Mound, Sumyani, Cape Mound, Clifton Beach, Turtle Beach and Paradise Point.
It houses a number of landmarks and monuments for the locals and tourists. Some of the popular landmarks include:
- Mohatta Palace
- Sea View
- Teen Talwar
- State Bank Museum
- Karachi Zoo
- PAF Museum
- National Museum
- French Beach
- Wazir Mansion
- Frere Hall
Your trip to Karachi would be anything but boring! So if you have not been to Karachi yet, go for it to have a quality time!
Javeria is a True Karachiite. She loves to write about the city. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a proper public transport network in the city, She suggests opting for a rent a car in Karachi service to have an enjoyable and fun-filled tour around Karachi.