Pakistan is most indubitably a place that interests intrepid travellers as it is quite challenging and varied in nature. With countless microclimate zones decorating its inner bounds and a population density that is sure to unsettle agoraphobic individuals, it sure is a hotspot for adventure. But let’s narrow our zoom down a little bit and take a peek at Karachi, the old capital of the country and one of the densest cities in the world. With nearly 24 million inhabitants and stretching upon 3,780 square kilometres, it is recognised as the world’s sixth-most populous metropolitan area behind Seoul-Incheon, Manila, Delhi, Jakarta, and, of course Tokyo-Yokohama. So, without further dithering about, let us see the most recommended sights that you can lay eyes upon in Karachi are!
1. Mohatta Palace:
Quite possibly one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city of Karachi, the Mohatta Palace was commissioned by Hindu Marwari businessman Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta and erected by the master architect Agha Ahmed Hussain in the year 1927. Adhering to the awe-inducing standards of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and encompassing a land area of 1,720 square metres, it hosted its client for no more than 20 years before the Independence. Following that event, Mohatta left the country for India and the building was acquired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later moving through the hands of the sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Fatima Jinnah) and her sister, Shireen Jinnah, the palace was finally sealed in 1980. It is now one of the most photographed points of interest in the entire country of Pakistan and you should definitely not hop on the plane home without having laid upon on it!
Known also as the Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum, the Mazar-e-Quaid is visited by approximately 10,000 people every single day. Harbouring the remains of the aforementioned national figure, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan), those of his sister, Fatima Jinnah (considered by many the “Mother of the Nation”), and, finally, those of Liaquat Ali Khan (the first Prime Minister of Pakistan), it is deemed one of the most pivotal structures of the country. Erected in the year 1970 and stretching upon 3,100 square metres, it adheres to modernist architectural conventions. A definite must-see!
3. Frere Hall:
As we may all know, Pakistan was once ruled by the British Empire and this historical fact often reaches into the future in terms of architecture. Frere Hall of Karachi actually hearkens back to the early years of the colonial period and its architectural quirks clearly reflect this. Completed in the year 1865, it was erected by the master architect Henry Saint Clair Wilkins over the course of two years. Originally conceived as a town hall and sitting in Saddar Town, it currently serves as an occasional event hall and exhibition space.
4. National Museum of Pakistan:
Considered one of the most significant cultural establishments in the entirety of Pakistan, the National Museum of Pakistan is something that no tourist should leave out by any means. Dedicated to Islamic Art, the Quran, and the specific characteristics of the ancient people who have populated the region, it was originally thought up to replace the Victoria Museum in Frere Hall (in 1950). In the year 1970, however, it was transferred to its current premises in Burns Garden where it tickles the cameras of inquisitive travellers. If you are interested in Islamic Art or if you would like to delve deeper into the history of earlier Arab settlements in the region, you should definitely check this one out and spend a few hours within its bounds!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had in Karachi and what lasting impressions has it left you with? Would you visit the world’s sixth-most populous metropolitan area again were you given the chance? Tell us all about your adventures in the comment section below and be sure to check back from time to time for some exciting new updates and articles! Safe travels!