Always up and running, the streets of Karachi are a cacophony of colourful buses, impatient people and the infectious energy of its daily hustle.
But are there any attractions here that will make you forget all the chaos? And we have gathered 20 of them for you. Churna Island and its water sports If you love all things sea, then Churna Island, which is only a two-hour drive away from central Karachi, is a must-visit.
Used today as an art gallery and museum, there are always thought-provoking exhibitions happening at this grand building surrounded by trees and Renaissance-style statues.
The Rajasthani-style design of this structure is a sight to behold. Visit this museum to embark on that quest or to admire the colonial building and the peaceful gardens around it. This beach is home to green sea turtles that come out to lay their eggs in the sands. Surrounded by lush green gardens, today, the building serves as a library and an art gallery. Designed by Henry Saint Clair Wilkins, Frere Hall is located in the Saddar district, which is also home to many other picturesque colonial architecture.
It is home to many aircrafts, like planes and jets and radars and weaponry that have been used by the Pakistan Air Force throughout the years, especially during the war with India. Nearby, there are World War 1 and 2 scale models and some modern planes on the display as well.
There are also food options in the main park and many places to relax in the gardens. The intricate make of these graves is its most attention-grabbing feature with carvings and designs typical of its region, Sindh. The origins of this necropolis are estimated to range between the 15th and 18th century. Its minimalist dome over a cube design was inspired by the Samanid Mausoleum in Uzbekistan.
Later, from 8th to the 13th century, it was controlled by Muslims before being abandoned to date. The ruins and one of the earliest known mosques in the world, dating back to AD, can still be found here. This museum consists of 11 galleries that showcase artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization up to modern times.
It also boasts a large collection of coins and many rare manuscripts of the Quran. The white marble dome is feet in diameter and is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no centre pillars to support it.
The mosque can hold a congregation of up to 5, people. All imaginable groceries, live animals and pets, textiles, stationery and many other things can be bought in the foyers and interiors of this colonial-era structure. The building is named after the then Empress of India, Queen Victoria. There is also a six-gallery indoor museum that educates visitors through murals, relief sculptures and dioramas.