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About Karachi:

 

Places of Interest         Beaches         Shopping         Restaurants         

 

 

 

Wazir Mansion

Foremost among Karachiís historic buildings, is the birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The house is a balconied, three-storied structure on Newneham Road , located in Kharadar, one of the oldest residential areas of the city. The house has been declared a protected national monument.

 

Quaid-e-Azamís Mausoleum

This white marble Mausoleum with its curved Moorish Arches and copper grills rests on an elevated 54 sq. meters platform. The cool inner sanctum reflected the green of a four tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the Peoples Republic of China. The memorial slab framed with silver railings draws people from far and wide who come to pay their respects to the father of the Nation and to watch the impressive change of guard ceremony that takes place everyday. Today, the Quaid-e-Azamís Mausoleum is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi . Nearby are the graves of the Quaid-e-Millat, Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Qauidís sister Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah.

 

National Museum of Pakistan

This museum, on Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road , contains an important collection of items relating to Pakistanís ancient heritage. Well-arranged galleries display Indus Civilization artifacts, Gandhara sculptures, Islamic art, miniature paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts documenting Pakistanís political history. There is also an interesting ethnological gallery. The construction work was completed in 1960ís.

   

Makli (Thatta)

Driving further, about 101 kms from Karachi is the largest necropolis in the world (Makli). The use of profusely and beautifully engraved sandstone on the graves is a feature unique to this site.

Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley was home to the largest of the four ancient urban civilizations of Egypt , Mesopotamia, South Asia and China . Most of its ruins, even its major cities, remain to be excavated. The ancient Indus script has not been deciphered. Many questions about the Indus people who created this highly complex culture remain unanswered, but other aspects of their society can be answered through various types of archaeological studies.

 

Haleji Lake

Haleji Lake originally was a salt-water lake which was formed by seasonal water, collecting in a depression. During World War II, additional water was required for troops stationed at Karachi . Salt water was drained out and an embankment was constructed around the lake which was fed by fresh water through a canal. Resultantly, Haleji became one of the major sources of water supply to the increasing population of Karachi as well as an exquisite refuge for waterfowl. A water reservoir, home to Siberian migratory birds from November till February - birds lover paradise in these months. Some crocodiles as well, and fishing. Water in this lakes comes from another large lake, Kalri, whicih is another 30 km further from Thatta. A rest is also availabe...check with Sindh Wildlife department.

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