"Karachi ~ Over the edge!" Top 5 Page for this destination Karachi by besal

Karachi Travel Guide: 487 reviews and 1,043 photos

All cracked up to be....

Hearing that one is going to Karachi gives one a serious “karach-itch”, and brings in multitude of negative response from ones well wishers, and prayers for the journey. I saw an old Lonely Planet’s documentary (1998) on Pakistan, and the host had very few words: Entry point to Pakistan…cheap Kurta Shalwar…Zainab Market…and better to get out ASAP.

All the recent negative press on Pakistan, especially for Karachi, had resulted in reluctance on part of tourists to visit this cosmopolitan city. And even our tourism ministry ignores this beautiful city, by focusing mainly on northern area.

To bring some credence to the negative reports, yes, Karachi has had its fair share of problems. With city becoming the Capital after independence, it grew totally unplanned with economic as well as political migrants, and refugees coming in masses to permanently settle here. With rapid growth in its population, low government involvement in planning, shifting of Capital to Islamabad, and coupled with slow investment in collapsing infrastructure problems for Karachi over time increased. The 90’s and onward has been turbulent with ethnic strife, political parties’ selfish shenanigans, mafia-ization of various bodies, and the recent fall-out resulting from WOT.

With all its turmoil, we the Karachi wallas have survived, and Karachi is still a flourishing cosmopolitan city of Pakistan. It is still the major economical hub, and for a better life economic-migrants are still arriving daily.

That is all the historical perspective I will share with you, and if you are still interested in reading more about Karachi history, look up wikipedia.

Karachi a place to avoid-syndrome:

It is claimed by most people living here or visiting, that Karachi has nothing to offer to its visitors (or residents as well) and is a recreation starved city, with negligible entertainment facilities. This psychological and physical notion of nothing around has put a lot of burden on the entertainment starved population, leaving majority to amuse themselves by going to various eateries, visiting relatives/friends, shopping, or going to the beach or other small outlets (parks, museums).

So the “generic” statement there is nothing to do in Karachi is predominantly uttered from one and all.

With my pages/tips (still in its infancy) I am going to prove this syndrome false. What it takes is an effort to explore and one can discover that Karachi is more than what is stated above.

How to “eye” Karachi

There are two ways to enjoy and view Karachi: Internally and externally.

Internally, tourists visiting Karachi experiences shopping at various malls, centers, shopping districts, eateries at fancy and road side restaurants, business meetings, visit to the Mazar or museums, visit the beach, visit family members, etc.

But if one just looks at the off the beaten path from Karachi, there are abundance of locations and sites that one can visit. But for this you may need your own transport (as renting/hiring may become a bit expensive). Over the edge, Karachi has experiences for all taste:

o) Eco-tourism: lakes, beaches, mangroves, mountain ranges, dams, dolphin/whale watching (this is still being developed by WWF).
o) History: Various archeological sites going towards Thatta, ancient temples, plus many old British style buildings and churches around the city.
o) Hiking/Off the Roading: Towards Kirtharr or Hingol ranges, one can enjoy off roading. Will need 4x4 for this as this activity will take you deep inside these ranges where you will discover mud volcanoes, various wildlife, rivers, unusually carved mountain ranges, etc.
o) Boating/Fishing: Off the cost the vast Arabian Sea provides opportunity for deep sea fishing, scuba diving, wind-surfing, crabbing, etc.

Now that you know!

I hope that you enjoy my pages on Karachi and see it beyond what is projected. It is true that all mage-metropollis as well as small towns have issues/problems, but if we start focusing on the negativeity than one will never leave home.

I shall really appreciate that if you do go through my pages and tips, do give me a feedback on what you liked or what needs improvement.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Melting pot of various cultures
  • Cons:Negative media hype
  • Intro Updated Sep 21, 2012
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  • Apr 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    We planned a trip to cape monze but you wrote that its ristricted via nathia gali .... any other way around to reach there ... the only way i know other than the restricted nathia gali is via MUBARAK VILLAGE ... u know any alternate route let me know

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    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Nice restaurant tips on Karachi! I was so surprised to see the Gun Smoke restaurant! Wow! That's unique! How's their menu?

  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Very nice pictures and tips.i really enjoyed reading them.No doubt u r very good at photography

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    Oct 3, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    Salaam... you've caught excellent moments and colors of the sunset(s)... and stinky or not, I love small fishing ports :) keep with great work on your Karachi page, v.

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Love your page & stunning photos. I just realized we see the same sunset over the same sea. We don't have Baywatch type lifeguards though! I really hope to visit one day.

  • Elena77's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Great tips and fabulous photos! Thanks for this entertaining virtual tour of Karachi!

  • setikeyvan's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    I took some time today to look through your photos and I am really impressed. You are really talented! I hope your photos are bringing your good fortune!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    great info on personal life of a great sufi-saint, esp love affair. how sweet? nice tip on Hala too. i remember visiting the tomb in. while us women did not enter the tomb itself, the men went in. i have tips on the visit too.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Very beautiful tips from you as usual. I have heard about Baba Latif Shah. His songs are very famous in Sufiana circle. Please tell me if you have added any more. Very well written tip.

  • Jeannette1's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    You built a great page on Karachi. Are you in the tourism industry? Your tips and photos made me want to visit your country. Maybe in better times ;-) Jeannette

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