thisThe last time I visited Karachi I was 9 and till today I can recall the madness of the city, the claustrophobic traffic and the air thick with the whiff of curries from food stalls. I finally managed to revisit Karachi after 26 years because of a family wedding. Childhood memories emerged once again, as I stepped foot into this magnetic city.I’m not saying this because I’m part Pakistani but here is something about this country that is so mystifying. Pakistan is filled with so much soul. And it is an absolute shame that our leaders and governments are just incapable of fulfilling the potential that this country has.

Even though it was my cousin’s wedding, I made sure I sneaked off early enough in the day to tour and explore Karachi as much as I possibly could. I was fortunate that an old school friend had moved back to Karachi from Dubai. It’s a no-brainer that I insisted, as most tourists would, to take me to the most historical places this city had to offer. This touristy request is generally met with a lot of sarcasm from Karachi-ites. They teased me that the city itself was a historical site. Not much had evolved from the 60’s with Karachi’s infrastructure with the exception of new wedding halls sporadically popping out . Luckily my insistence in finding  proved them wrong, and we all managed to discover something new and old about Karachi.

There are definitely more parts of Pakistan that are more scenic and historical however, for a city that has conquered much, it’s still worth a visit. Bare in mind, applying for a visit visa to Pakistan is no easy feat. It’s almost easier for a foreigner to get an American tourist visa as opposed to the Pakistani ! The several trips back and forth to the Pakistani embassy was definitely worth it to be able to revisit Karachi again.  Luckily I was able to take time  some timeout from the madness of my cousin’s wedding to enjoy this city for myself.

EXPLORING KARACHI

The stunning entrance of Mazar-e-Quaid, is also known as the Jinnah Mausoleum. Jinnah was the founder of Pakistan and this is where his tomb lays.
Walking towards the entrance of Jinnah Mausoleum
The intricate detailing of the Jinnah Mausoleum
Flag of Pakistan mounted on Mazar-E-Quaid
‘Tanga’ in Urdu dialect also refers to carriages driven by horses. It’s a very common sight amidst rickshaws and taxis
A very famous landmark in Karachi. The site was gifted by Mr. Jehangir Kothari, a Parsi businessman along with a Rs. 300,000 donation.
View of the Promenade a few steps away from the Jehangir Kothari Parade
Beautiful Sunset view of The Promenade, a historical landmark in Karachi
A Hindu businessman  originally owned and resided at the Mohatta Palace. It later became the residence of Ms. Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the founder of Pakistan. The Sindh government took over the palace in 1995 . By 1999 it had been decided that the Palace should be reopened to the public as a museum.
The Nawabs of early Pakistan era
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  1. Love;y. Even i was 6 when i visited Karachi to see dad friends family. Will planning to visit in future and will note the places you mentioned here 😀

    • So glad to hear that !!! Hopefully you’ll enjoy discovering the places I did and much more !

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