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Clifton Fun Land Karachi
In my other review about Bagh Ibne Qasim, I emphasized on "Jahangir Kothari Parage" & the Park in General. Actual Fund Land or Play Land is in the left most corner of Bagh Ibne Qasim. Its direct access is from Abdullah Shah Ghazi's Mazar side. You can enter the Fun Land from Park too.
Fun Land has several rides for Kids as well as Elders. If you are Travelling with children, you must come here. Children enjoy rides very much. I remember when I was kid my father often used to take me there. Now I took my son there. Although he is still younger for independent rides. But there is a separate place for Toddlers with TOKEN based small rides which move too & fro.
Address: Near Park Tower Clifton, Karachi
Directions: Direct Entrance to Clifton Fun land is from the small street between Bagh Ibne Qasim & Abdullah Shah Ghazi's Mazar. Clifton Fun Land is situated near Park Towers.
Frere Hall, Karachi
In the days of the British Rule, Frere hall served as a Town Hall and was the hub of Karachi’s socio cultural activities. This handsome Venetian Gothic building was built to commemorate the Commissioner-ship of Sir Bartley Frere and his elevation to the Viceroy's Council in 1859. Construction of the building was commenced in August 1863 and was completed in 1865.
The ground floor houses a fine public library named Liaquat National Library (after Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, first Pakistani Prime Minister). It is one of the largest libraries of Karachi, contains over seventy thousand books, including rare and hand written manuscripts, newspapers, dictionaries, atlases and technical books.
The upper floor serves as an art gallery containing masterpieces of Pakistan’s famous calligrapher and painter Sadequain.
Park suurounding the main building is known as Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah Park). It is very green and beautiful. People come and relax here in free time.
Address: Near Hotel Metropole, Karachi
Directions: Opposite to the Marriot Hotel and US Embassy. On the other side Oppoiste to PACC (Pakistan Americal Culture Centre)
Peshawari ice cream
Peshawari Ice Cream parlour is the oldest ice cream shop in Karachi, working since 1948. They have started with a small shop on main preddy street, but now acquired a large shop with family room facility nearby.
Their speciality is PESHAWARI ICE CREAM (vanilla flavour). All major flavours are available. Good quality Ice cream is available at cheap rates.
They do not have any outlet or branch in Karachi but their ice cream is so popular that all other ice cream shops have named their Vanilla Flavour as PESHAWARI ICE CREAM.
Baloch Ice Cream located in Saddar, Bohri Bazar, is also a famous ice cream shop. Baloch has an outlet at Boat Bason, Clifton. Rajoo Ice Cream shop at Boat Bason Clifton also makes good quality Ice Cream.
Address: Preedy Street, Saddar Karachi
Directions: Main Saddar Bus Stop Opposite to Chaudhary Farzand Ali Qulfi and Ambala Sweet Mart, Near Empress Market
Phone: +92-21-2225142, 2258720
F-104 Fighter at PAF Museum Karachi
Timings: 08:00 a.m - 22:00 p.m Open all days throughout the year.
Pakistan Air Force Museum is situated between PAF Base Faisal and Awami Markaz on main Shahra-e-Faisal. It is well organized Museum. All area is carpetted by green grass. All major Fighter Air Crafts which are used by Paksitan Air Force are displayed here in open air. There are photo galleries, weapon galleries in a huge covered hall (hanger). Some air crafts are also kept in hall.
There is a Souvenier Shop where you can buy small fighter craft models, Air Force printed key chains, shirts, pen etc.
It is a great experience to visit this museum.
Address: Karsaz, Shahra-e-Faisal Karachi
Directions: Near Awami Markaz, Mela Restaurant and Lal Qila Restaurant on Main Shara-e-Faisal.
Other Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +92-21-9248326 - 36 (10 lines)
Empress Market, Saddar Karachi
Saddar is in downtown Karachi and is home to countless big and small markets dealing from everyday household items to electronics where Empress Market is worth visiting.
Built in Indo-Gothic style, it was named after the Empress Victoria. This fine building consists of four galleries, an atrium and a grand clock tower which is 140 feet high.
Prior to its construction, the location of the Empress Market served as an execution site for the British, and it was not until March 21st 1889, that it opened as a market to the Public. Empress Market is not just a market – it is a symbol of Karachi’s glory from the days of the British rule.
It is situated in "Saddar" area which means "heart of the city". It is a great market. You can buy every thing from meat to vegetables, spices to dry fruits and fresh fruits from here.
Market has several sub markets where you can buy specific items. Like:
1. Dry Fruit Market: Where all type of dry fruits including different type of Almonds, Cardamom, Walnuts & different types of Dates are available throughout the year.
2. Birds & Pets Market: All kind of pet Animals specially Birds like Parrots, pigeons etc. are available.
3. Meat Market: Number of Large shops of Mutton, beef & chicken are present in Empress Market.
4. Fruit & Vegetable Market: All kind of seasonal / off seasonal fruits & vegetables can be purchased from here.
5. Groceries Items: All Groceries can be bought here.
The good thing about shopping at the Empress market is that you can get great bargains.
This place, Empress Market, should also be put in Shopping Category. Because Empress Market is famous for its Architecture as well as it is a great Shopping place.
Address: Sadar Karachi
Manora Beach, Karachi
Manora is a small Island near Kemari (Kiamari) Port. This Island has a military base & it also serves as residential establishment. But it is open for general public and tourists. There is a long sandy beach towards the southern end of the Island where you can find clear pollution free waters. This beach makes Manora a popular picnic spot.
It only takes 20 minutes in a boat to reach Manora from Kemrai at a cost of Rs. 30/- per person. Water at Manora Beach is more clear as compared to Sea View or Clifton which are higly polluted beaches. Also it is comparatively near from City Centre as compared to Hawks bay or any other beach in the vicinity.
Address: South of Kemari Port
Directions: South of Kemari Port at 20 minutes Boat ride. It can also be reached by road but it is a long path. Manora is conneted from main land through a cause way of approx 12 km. Special permission is required to pass by.
Jehangir Kothari Parade, Clifton
Clifton was built by an eminent Karachi citizen Mr. Jahangir Kothari on his land, 85 years ago, which he bequeathed to the city of Karachi. The pier of the complex was named after Lady Lloyd, Governor Lloyd’s wife, and the marble plaque embedded in the pier wall reads :
“Lady Lloyd Pier. Inspired by Her Excellency the Hon. Lady Lloyd, this promenade pier and pavilion was constructed at a cost of Rs.3 Lakhs and donated to the people of Karachi by Jahangir H Kothari, OBE to whose generosity and public spirit the gift is due ....... Opened by Her Excellency the Hon. Lady Lloyd 21st March 1921.”
In June 2005 City Disctric Govt. has started the renovation work of Clifton by removing old Play Land and covering more area on both sides of Lady Lloyd Pier and finally it was inaugurated on February 27, 2007. The park is country's Biggest Park, constructed on 130 acres of land. Newly formed park is named as "Bagh-e-Ibne Qsim" in memory of great muslim conquerer Muhammad Bin Qasim.
Park has lighting everywhere, pathways & lush green lawns. In the middle runs Lady Loyd Pier which gives a magnificent view.
There is another Park near Bagh-e-Ibne Qasim namely Beach Park. This beautiful park spread over an area of 47 acres, has been constructed along coastal driveway
Address: Clifton, Karachi
Directions: Opposite to Park Tower
Mazar-e-Quaid Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Quaid-e-Azam`s Mausoleum is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi.
Designed by Architect Yahya Merchant, this white marble Mausoleum with its curved arches and copper grills was completed in 1970. Its cool interior reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the peoples Republic of China.
There is a large park surrounding the mausoleum. It is a must place to be visiited. There are
Graves of 5 prominent leaders of that period are also located near the mausoleum, namely:
The “Quaid-e-Millat”. Liaqat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Her wife and great woman leader Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan,
Quaid`s sister Miss Fatima Jinnah,
Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar &
Mr. Noorul Ameen
some more buildings which are connected to this great leader:
a. Wazir Mansion Quaid's birth place at Kharadar, M.A. Jinnah Road.
b. Sind Madressatul Islam (1885), first Muslim School in Karachi, located just behind Habib Bank Plaza, Second largest building in Karachi.
Address: Old Numaish M. A. Jinnah Road
Directions: Near Numaish on main M. A. Jinnah Road & Shahrah-e-Quaideen Junction.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Karachi
St. Patrick's Church,was built in 1845. It was Sindh's first Catholic church. Today it is flanked by St Patrick's High School.
Present Cathedral was opened in April 1881. It is built in Gothic style; it measures 170 ft by 75 ft, and has the capacity to accommodate at least 1,500 worshippers at the same time.
It has a magnificent marblestone "Christ the King" Monument, which was constructed in 1931.
It is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq, formerly known as Clarke Street, located near the Empress Market in Karachi.
Note: Saint Patrick's Cathedral & FRERE HALL are two seperate buildings. The Cathedral is situated in SADDAR not in the FRERE HALL area. Some guys have misguided it as FRERE HALL. (See Frere Hall Tips)
Address: Shahrah-e-Iraq Saddar
Directions: Situated near St Patrick's High School, Lucky Star & Korangi Bus Stop. On the back side of Cathedral starts Lines Area
Sea View, Karachi
Literally saying "Sea View" starts from McDonalds and goes towards Marina Club. Sea View Apartments run in a row with the shore. City govt. has fixed Power lights so the shore remains bright after sunset.
Sea water is clean here relative to Clifton Beach and mostly families prefer it.
In general Sea View could be experienced from a number of spots such as:
Clifton Beach :
This is the most visited as it is close to the city centre but it is quite polluted. It is located near Play Land and Park Towers.
Latest: City District Goverment made a large park along the Clifton Beach which is more than a kilometre long. Development work on clifton beach is running very SPEEDY.
This is the finest beach in Karachi. The water is clean and the air is crisp. There are gorgeous rocks embedded in the ocean. The waves splashing against them is quite a lovely sight.
Paradise Point :
Right down the road from French Beach is Paradise Point, that sports a marvelous view of the ocean from a eroded hill. A great place to go for a mixture of beauty and excitement. But due to rockey waters swimming is not possible.
This location is almost at the limit of the Sindh province.
Hawks Bay :
A wonderfully sunny and sandy beach. The water is clean and if you need a tan, it is the beach to go to. The huts allow total privacy and the view is magnificent. It is a non rocky area so it is the best beach to take the family. A must see in Karachi.
Quite near Hawks bay, it is pretty much the same. A good place for turtle watching and a good view!! Completely unpolluted and positively beautiful. If you go at night there are turtles all over the place.
Directions: Clifton Beach is near Play Land & Park Towers, Sea View is also in Cliftton Area, All other points are on the other side of city.
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