Karachi

City of Lights, City of Quaid and Bride of Cities are the various titles of Karachi. Besides, it used to be called Paris of Asia in colonial times.

Night View, Karachi
Night View, Karachi

This city is located on the coast of Arabian Sea. It enjoys the status of the largest city and principal seaport of Pakistan and capital of province Sindh. This mega city is also undisputedly regarded as the financial and commercial capital of Pakistan. It is melting pot of Pakistan. Its worker population, which hails from all parts of Pakistan, earns it the title of mini Pakistan.

Sunset at Empress Market, Karachi
Sunset at Empress Market, Karachi

Beaches are the distinguished attraction for local, national and international tourists here. These provide opportunities to swim and fish. Similarly, a number of museums, historical buildings, parks, art galleries allure tourists to spend time here and make memories to cherish. Arts Council of Pakistan, Ghanshyam Art Centre and Bulbul Academy are the cultural institutes here. These hold different types of cultural activities. Also, visiting these important places introduces a visitor to the cultural notions of Karachi and Pakistan. The theatre is still immature here. The motion pictures are rather more popular here than the theatre. More than 50 cinemas screen films in this cosmopolitan city. The architecture of Karachi is diverse too. It presents neoclassical, Mock Tudor, neo-Renaissance, Indo-Gothic, Indo-Saracenic and Italianate trends. Yachting, boating, and flying clubs in Karachi add to fun activities.

Manora Beach, Karachi
Manora Beach, Karachi

The elevation of Karachi is between 5 to 120 feet. Oyster Rocks and Islands of Kiamāri and Manora protect the harbour from storms. The city largely consists of plains. However, there are some hills on its north side. These barren hills origin from Kirthar Range. Mangho Pir is the highest hill with 585 feet height. Two seasonal rivers, namely, Malir and Lyari, flow in the eastern and northern parts respectively. Being a coastal city makes it climate rather arid with low precipitation. The city receives noticeable rainfall during Monsoon only. Similarly, the proximity of sea hardly let the humidity level go down below 50%. The overall climate is pleasant. The nearness of sea makes winters dry and warm but fills May and June with heat and humidity.

Boating Harbor (Boat Basin) in Kemari, Karachi
Boating Harbor (Boat Basin) in Kemari, Karachi

Five institutes shoulder the responsibility of administering this ever-growing city. The head of each institute is a government appointee. Civic functions of three-fourth of Karachi falls in the purview of Karachi Municipal Corporation. Civic tasks of rest of the civil Karachi lay with the municipal committees of Drigh-Malir and Korangi-Landhi. Karachi Cantonment Board administers localities where the military is stationed. Harbour affairs have been entrusted with the Karachi Port Trust.