Karachi, Pakistan: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan and the capital city of Sindh Province. It is located on the coast of Arabian Sea. It is also the main seaport or Pakistan. It is known as City of Lights due to city’s night life. The population is over 23.5 million people. It used to be the original capital of Pakistan. It offers a variety of attractions and activitiyes such as sandy beaches, modern shopping malls, colonial buildings, traditional bazaars and many more. It is the most diverse and cosmopolitan city of Pakistan. It lives and breathes with a style of its own. It is the third most populous city in the world and the largest among the Muslim world. It is also one of the most rapidly growing cities in the world. Because it is a huge city, it is officially divided into five districts which are sub-divided into eighteen towns and are administered by the city government and the six military cantonments which are administered by the Pakistan Army. The districts are South Karachi, East Karachii Malir, Central Karachi and West Karachi.
The social attitudes are more liberal than anywhere in Pakistan. The growth of the city is due to the mixed populations of economic and political migrants along with refugees from different national, provincal, linguistic and religious origins. The pace of life is more hurried in Karachi. In addition, a large number of non-Muslim communities are settled there when comparing it to other cities of Pakistan. The weather in Karachi is relatively mild with low levels of rainfall od 250 mm each year. Winters are mild and the summers are hot. Travellers usually visit the city in July, December and January. The lifesyle in Karachi is also different from the other cities and towns in Pakistan. It’s culture is a mixture of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Western influences. It is also home to some of Pakistan’s important cultural institutions such as the National Academy of Performing Arts and The National Art Council.Some notable events are All Pakistan Music Conference, the Kara Film Festival and Our Karachi Festival.