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Karachi started as a small fishing village called Mai KOLACHI. With the annexation of Sindhh by the British in 1843 it changed into a town. Its naturally protected harbour and moderate climate made it a summer resort for Sindhh. It was reputed to be the cleanest city of the sub-continent till 1947 with a population of 200,000. Karachi was transformed into an unmanageably big city with the establishment of Pakistan. It was the first capital of the federation from 1947 to 1960 before Islamabad was built. Being a port city millions of refugees from all over India streamed in here and gave it an unprecedented vitality and multicultural dimension. Today, its population exceeds 13 million. The main attractions of Karachi are the sea, the shopping and some fine specimen of Victorian architecture and modern buildings and international cuisine.

Karachi is the economic and commercial capital of Pakistan and an important regional port. It is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, northwest of the Indus River delta. Karachi accounts for the largest share of Pakistan's gross domestic product and generates about 65% of the national revenue. Karachi claims the highest per capita income in South Asia and is the nucleus of regional business and technological activities. The city has one of the highest literacy rates in Pakistan and is the home of several important academic and research institutions.

Map of Karachi

Some basic facts about Karachi :

Province Sindh
Location 24°51′36″N, 67°00′36″E
Altitude 8 meters AMSL
Area 3,527 km˛
Density 3,394 persons/km˛
Calling code 021
Time zone PST +05:00 ahead of GMT
No. of Towns 18
No. of Union Councils 178
City Mayor (Nazim) Syed Mustafa Kamal
Census (1998)
Estimate (2006)

Geography and climate

Karachi is located in southern Pakistan in the north of Arabian Sea. Physically it is mostly comprises flat or rolling plains with hills on the western and northern boundaries of the urban sprawl. Two rivers pass through the city: the Malir River ( north east to centre) and the Lyari River ( north to south). The Karachi Harbour is a protected bay to the south west of the city. The southern limit of the city is the Arabian Sea and forms a chain of warm water beaches that are rich in natural beauty.

Karachi is located on the coast and as a result has a relatively mild climate. The level of precipitation is low for most of the year. However, due to the city's proximity to the sea, humidity levels usually remain high throughout the year. The city enjoys mild winters and hot summers. Since summer temperatures are quite high (the end of April through the end of August are approximately 35 to 40 degrees Celsius), the winter months (November through March) are the best time to visit Karachi.  


Currently Karachi population is believed to between 14 and 15 millions. The linguistic distribution of the city in 1998 census is: Urdu speaking 48.52%; Punjabi 13.94%; Sindhi 7.22%; Pashto 11.42%; Balochi4.34%; Seraiki2.11%; others 12.4%. The others include Gujarati, Dawoodi Bohra, Memon, Brahui, Makrani, Khowar, Burushaski, Arabic, Persian and Bengali. The religious breakup of the city is as follows: Muslim 96.49%; Christian 2.35%; Hindu0.83%; Qadiani 0.17%; others 0.13%. The others include Parsi, Jews and Buddhist

Government and administrative division:

Karachi is divided into 18 towns and 1 78 union councils. While Defence Housing Authority is neither a town of Karachi nor a part of any town; and it is managed and operated by the Pakistan Army.

Administrative towns :

Baldia Town Bin Qasim Town Gadap Town
Gulberg Town Gulshan Town Kiamari Town
Korangi Town Jamshed Town Landhi Town
Liaquatabad Town Lyari Town New Karachi Town
North Nazimabad Town Malir Town Orangi Town
Saddar Town Shah Faisal Town SITE Town

Sites of interest:


    Mazar-e-Quaid (Mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan- Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

    Koocha-e-Saqafat (National Arts Council)

    Mohatta Palace Museum

    Masjid e Tooba

    I.I. Chundrigar Road (Karachi's "Wall street")

    Aga Khan Hospital (for its modernist Islamic architecture)

    Teen Talwar (Three Swords) Monument

Beaches and Waterfront

    Clifton Sea View seafront

    Hawkesbay Beach(breeding ground for endangered turtles)

    Paradise Point (a rock promontory in the sea with a natural arch)

    Sandspit Beach

    French Beach

    Russian Beach

    Fishing and Crabbing on Keamari and Manora

    Creek Club Karachi (offers boating in the creek areas)

    Clifton Pavilion and the Jehangir Kothari Parade

    Clifton Beach Park

    Port Fountain Jet (600ft high pressure water fountain)

    Defence Golf Club

    Park Towers Shopping Mall

    Zamzama Commercial Area (famous for its designer outlets and cafes)

    World Wildlife Centre

    Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazar (mausoleum of Karachi's Sufi saint)

    Ibn-e-Qasim Park


    Mazar-e-Quaid Museum

    Mohatta Palace Museum

    Pakistan Air Force Museum

    Pakistan Maritime Museum

    National Museum of Pakistan

    Karachi Expo Centre

Colonial Buildings

    Mereweather Tower

    Frere Hall

    Governor's House

    St. Patrick's Cathedral

    St. Joseph's Convent

    St. Anthony's Church

    Trinity Church

    Sindh High Court

    Former Victoria Museum (later used by the Supreme Court)

    Sindh Club

    Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Building

    Hindu Gymkhana (now National Academy of Performing Arts NAPA)

    Empress Market

    D.J. College


    Clifton Oyster Rocks

    Manora Island

    Bundle Island

    Bhit Shah

    Shah Bandar

    Churna Island (Naval gunnery site, as well as Pakistan's only coral reefs)

Amusement Parks

    PIA Planetariam

    Aladin Park


    Hill Park

    Safari Park

    Karachi Zoo (AKA Gandhi garden)

    Taleemi Baagh

    Cosy Water Park

    Samzu Park

    Fun Land

    Play Land

    Fiesta Park

    Dream World Resort

    Dolphin Park

    Askari Park


    Boat Basin


    Burnes Road

    Hyderabad Colony

Karachi coastal area:

Karachi coastal area is nearly 60 km in length; main and important places are the following:

Port Qasim Area

Ibrahim Hyderi/ Korangi Beach

Marine Drive Area, DHA

Clifton Beach

Manora Island

Boating Basin

Chinna Creek


Hawks Bay

French Beach

Cape Monze


Karachi has the highest literacy rates in Pakistan and highest number of universities and other educational institutions. Some prominent institutions are as follows:

NED University of Engineering and Technology

Aga Khan University

Baqai Medical University,

University of Karachi

Institute of Business Administration (IBA)

FAST - National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

Indus Valley Institute of Art and Architecture

Bahria University

Textile Institute of Pakistan

Mohammad Ali Jinnah University

Dow University of Health Science

Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology

Shaheed Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST

Hamdard University

H.E.J Research Institute of Chemistry,

Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC)

Institute of Business and Management (IBM)

Jinnah University for Women

Dawood College of Engineering and Technology

[PAF-KIET] Pakistan Air Force-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology

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