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PostSubject: About Karachi   Mon 03 Aug 2009, 2:47 pm


The capital of Sindh province, Karachi is Pakistan’s bustling center
of commerce and industry, the largest metropolis offers
a variety of pleasant attractions: wide sunny beaches, deep-sea
fishing, yachting, golf and horse racing all year. There are posh
and inexpensive hotels and a variety of eating places, from
Pakistani food to Western and European cuisine. Its markets and
bazaars offer an endless variety of exciting shopping including
indigenous handicrafts, particularly rugs and carpets of rare design
and beauty. Karachi also has a number of tourist attractions and
landmarks. Most of the international airlines operate their direct
flights to many destinations in the world from the Quaid-e-Azam
International Airport.


Karachi is the center of education and
other cultural and social activities. A great number of prestigious educational institutions are
functioning here. It is an ultra-modern city, with most
modern cinemas, recreational clubs, hotels
and restaurants. There are beautiful beaches at
Sand spit, Sommiani and Hawks Bay. These
places are excellent picnic resorts with their
tranquil surroundings and provide an
atmosphere to rest and relax. The opportunities for

yachting, water-skiing and cruising are
also available here. The presence of huge and tall
buildings has given it a grandeur and
majestic appearance.




Pakistan's commercial
centre and largest city is a sprawling place of bazaars, hi-tech
electronic shops, scurf-infested older buildings and modish new hotels.
Its sights are spread far and wide, so a taxi or rickshaw is necessary
to travel between

them.



A good place to start is the Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum, a
monument to Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah, which can be
charitably described as distinctive. More impressive is the remarkable
white-marbled Defence Housing Society Mosque. The single dome,
claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, will make your gum
cleave to the roof of your mouth. Above the mosque is Honeymoon Lodge,
birthplace of the Aga Khan.





Karachi has an state-of-the-art
international airport where flights from all over the world land and


take off. It has thus become the "Gateway
to Pakistan". It is a sea-port which is the source of
conducting international trade and
business. It is considered as commercial and industrial capital

of Pakistan. It has played a vital and
dominant role in erecting Pakistanis economy on firm basis.
Karachi is a Cosmopolitan city with people
coming from different parts of the world. It is a
mingling of old and new, east and west. It
has absorbed the charm and beauty of modern and conventional way of
life.






Other sights include the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St
Andrew's Church (both good examples of Anglo-Indian architecture),
the city's zoo, and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence,
hills where the dead are traditionally exposed to vultures. South of the
city is Clifton, a former British hangout and now an exclusive
coastal corner for the local wealthy, the popular but rather drab
Clifton Beach, and Manora Island, a less-crowded beach resort


Saddar, the city centre, is the main shopping area with
thriving markets selling carpets, fur coats, leather jackets,
snake-skin purses, silk scarves and the country's biggest range of
handicrafts. It also has a number of food stalls and cheap restaurants
and the majority of budget hotels. Nightlife in Karachi is an oxymoron.




Karachi enjoys great importance because
the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad

Ali Jinnah was born here. He received his
early education in this great city. The Quaid-i-Azam
is buried here. The Quaid¹s mausoleum is
the most important monument in Karachi. It stands
in the heart of the city with its splendor
combining classical oriental architecture with modern
way of designing. His birth place, the
Wizard Mansion, has been preserved as a national archive.





There is a great Steel Mill established
in Karachi with the assistance of U.S.S.R. It is the only steel


factory of the country which is playing an
important role in stabilizing country's economy. The
Government is planning to develop few more
picnic spots in Karachi for the attraction of the tourists.
A proposal has been made to establish Hub
Lake Tourist Complex at the cost of Rs. 200 million
which is 56 km from Karachi. The proposal
has been submitted to the Sindh and Baluchistan Governments and the
Federal Tourism Department. It will be the most fascinating recreational
resort which is likely to attract a large number of tourists and the
local people.





Karachi, is a friendly cheerful city of
eight million cosmopolitan people. Its wide streets, bright lights and
miles of golden beaches more than make up for its chaotic traffic and
quick changing city scope.

Karachi boasts all the trappings of a
modern metropolis. Multi-starred

hotels, glamorous shopping centers, exclusive private clubs, a
refreshingly green golf course, facilities for sea sports, aerobics

and yoga, elegant

restaurants, and other similar essential luxuries. At fancy office
buildings, textile magnates and other seths including many
multinationals, conduct their business.





Empress Market, a quaint
Victorian structure with Mughal and Gothic touches is worth a visit


even if you aren't sout to
buy anything. Here you get a glimpse of striving struggling humanity,

Third World style,
determinedly trying to board buses, sell produce, catch your attention,
make
a statement, shout a
slogan, creating in the process a noisy turmoil reflecting raw energy.
Top
quality fruit and
vegetables are sold in the stalls inside the market. Fish, poultry,
meat, talking
and singing birds, guinea
fowl, partridges and quail, just about everything is available here.






The National Museum
located not far from the city's many major and other more modest hotels


houses artifacts from the
8000 year old city of Mahrgarh where women wore their hair in a

variety of unique styles.
These elaborate hairdos of old would do credit to any coiffeur in the

west today. Seals,
Moenjadaro satiates, the coins gallery and collection of rare
manuscripts
shed revealing light on the
past history of the country.





PLANETARIUM, If the
night sky thrills you and the stars and planets intrique you, Karachi
offers

the facility of a modern
planetarium, built and gifted to the people of Karachi by the national



airline - PIA. Regular
programmers are shown every afternoon and evening except Sundays.


There are art galleries galore, and dozens of boutiques
and specialty shops offering a dazzling
array of choices. For a mega-city and center of business and
industry, Karachi has a wonderfully
relaxed and informal air. Even though life is fast nobody
appears to be in a rush. People have time
for one another.





In keeping with city's proletarian ways,
entertainment tends to be simple and colorful. Crabbing in

the Arabian Sea in sailboats, camel rides
on the seaside, cricket matches on any convenient open space. Juma or
Friday bazaars now offer, besides fresh farm produce and other
necessities, an opportunity for community socializing.





Eating out being a national pastime,
delicious food is available even in the many wayside

restaurants

that dot the city. The Boating Basin area
offers the widest possible variety of eating choices, mainly outdoors,
and visitors relish the place's sociable, sea breezy ambiance. Burns
Road is another
popular center of gastronomically delights.






Karachi's sights, both historic and
natural, are found mostly in and out-side its environs. However,


the city does offer several buildings of
architectural interest, many displaying an extraordinary
jumble of Victorian, Gothic and Rajputana
styles resulting in a pleasing aesthetic experience.
Worth seeing are the mausoleum of the
Quaie-e-Azam Mohammad Ali jinnah, the nation's
founder, the Tooba Mosque, the many old
churches, Frere Hall, the Karachi Municipal Corporation
and the Karachi Port Trust buildings and
the Jahangir Kothari Pavilion.



If travel outside of Karachi is possible, then the archaeological
site of Moenjodaro - once a city of an Indus Valley civilisation
- and the Chaukundi tombs are well worth a visit.


Being the commercial and unofficial capital of Pakistan, flights in
and out of Karachi are numerous but it's worth checking the ETA of your
flight. Karachi is at the epicentre of political and ethnic tensions; a
tension that is cranked up to knife edge proportions when combined with
rival drug gangs, political assassinations and terrorist bombings. If
your flight touches down in the middle of the night, it would be wise to
wait until sunrise before catching a taxi. For the same reason catching
buses should be avoided for the foreseeable future. Buy a train ticket
instead: trains run from Karachi to most major destinations.
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