Jinnah Mausoleum is a famous landmark of Karachi.
The politician Muhammad Ali Jinnah is officially referred to in Pakistan as "Quaid-e-Azam" which means "The Great Leader".
His mausoleum was built between 1960 and 1970 by the Pakistani architect Yahya C. Merchant.
The mausoleum is an iconic symbol of Karachi and is situated in the heart of the city. It is made of white marble with curved Moorish arches. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier given by the people of China. The location is usually calm and tranquil which is significant considering how busy Karachi is. The glowing tomb can be seen for miles at night.
Official and military ceremonies take place here on special occasions, especially on 23 March, 14 August, 11 September, 25 December, 8 July and 30 July.
Located on Jamshed Road. It is a central location between Saddar, Gulshan-Iqbal and PECHS areas.
Jehangir Kothari is a place dedicated to the public, built by Mr. Jehangir.
It is a beautiful example of colonial architecture and is built with stones favoured by the British in pre-partitioned India.
Jehangir Kothari Parade is located on the opposite side of The Point (Pak Towers). Ask any taxi or rickshaw to take you there. It's a popular place in Karachi so most people should know it.
It is the former residence of Miss Fatima Jinnah, sister of the Founder of Pakistan. Now, it has been converted into a veritable museum which carries temperorary collections. No permanent collections are here.
The structure is built in Hindu-British style and is made of pink stone which gives it a unique style.
Tickets for adults cost Rs.10. Free entrance for children.
Timings for the museum are from 11 am to 7 pm.
Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA) is the patron Saint of Karachi. People, most of them Muslims, come here to pay homage to him from across the country. His tomb is built on a very high platform, but people say that his actual grave is downstairs. I recommend it because I think you cannnot understand the life in Pakistan without understanding these 'mazars' (tombs). They are a micro version of any city where they exist.
It is at Ghizri, Clifton. Ask any taxi driver and he will take you there.
These buildings were generally built by British, but rich Hindus and Muslims also built some splendid structures. Most of these can be found in the old areas of Karachi. They include Kharadar, Mithadar, Saddar, Burns Road and Tower areas. I recommend them because they are part of city's landscape. The good examples are KMC Head Office and Mohatta Palace.
KMC Head Office is itself an address. Other important British-era structures are nearby. Ask your taxi or rickshaw driver to take you there. And don't miss the Mohatta Palace, which is now a museum.
A restaurant at Boat Basin in Karachi, which serves excellent kebab rolls. I recommend it because it is too delicious. And it is easy on the pocket as well. Plus, the quality is fine. I have never found it average or below average.
Boat Basin, Clifton.
I recommend it because Karachi has lots of places from where you can get the local handicrafts. Unfortunately, most of them just fleece people. Saddar is one place where you can get a good thing at a reasonable price. Please note that Saddar bazar is a collective term that I have used to indicate an entire place in Karachi. There you will find lots of leather bags, bangles and other things. Look for marble items there as well.
Corporate market and Zainab market.
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