Downtown Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Karachi

Karachi is a huge, vibrant metropolis, one of Pakistan's most secular and socially liberal. The city boasts abundant and diverse architecture, comprising both contemporary and traditional Pakistani-style buildings, such as the Merewether Clock Tower and the National Museum of Pakistan. To explore these and other prominent sites of Karachi, follow this orientation walk.
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Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Pakistan » Karachi (See other walking tours in Karachi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: Cathy
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Port Trust Building

1) Port Trust Building

Port Trust Building was built in 1915 and later transformed into a large hospital during World War II. The building is developed in a neo-classical renaissance style. George Wittet was the the architect behind the ingenious building.
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Merewether Clock Tower

2) Merewether Clock Tower (must see)

Merewether Clock Tower or Merewether Tower was raised by public subscription as a memorial for Sir William L. Merewether, who served as “Commissioner-in-Sindh” from 1867 to 1877. The Tower stands on a base of 44 feet square and rises to a height of 102 feet. It is designed in the Gothic Revival style popular in Victorian England, to evoke the architecture of Medieval England. The structure is built in buff colored Gizristone and shows a heightened sensitivity to detailing and emphasis on carving and decoration. The architecture takes the form of an Eleanor cross.

Eleanor crosses were a series of 12 monuments erected in England by King Edward I between 1291 and 1294, in memory of his wife, Eleanor of Castile. Three of the original Eleanor Crosses still exist in England. Many similar neo-Gothic style structures were built in Victorian England, and impressive clock towers are found all over Pakistan.

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Library of State Bank of Pakistan

3) Library of State Bank of Pakistan

The Library of State Bank of Pakistan was opened in 1949 and is used today for the Supreme Court Registry Office's. The lower story's of the building provide a large library. The building is decorated with columns and is truly one of the most imposing banks in Karachi.
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New Memon Mosque

4) New Memon Mosque

The New Memon Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the city. The mosque features three domes and two towers on each side of the religious center. The location was once used as a graveyard, but has since became one of the most visited venues in the region.
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Lakshmi Building

5) Lakshmi Building

Lakshmi Building used to be the biggest building in Karachi. The dominant tower is used by the Lakshmi Insurance Company, which also constructed and owns several of the other famous buildings in the area. Lakshmi Building also features a large clock.
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Max Denso Hall

6) Max Denso Hall

Max Denso Hall and Library is located at the corner of Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road and Murad Khan Road. Karachi was once a small port in the Talpur dynasty and thus developed into a major town during the conquering of the region by The British East India Company. The British realized the importance of this city as a military center and thus rapidly developed it for harboring and shipping.
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National Museum of Pakistan

7) National Museum of Pakistan (must see)

National Museum of Pakistan was established in Frere Hall on April 17, 1950, replacing the defunct Victoria Museum. Frere Hall itself was built in 1865 as a tribute to Sir Bartle Frere, a Commissioner of Sind during the 19th century. Once the Museum was inaugurated then the Government of Pakistan deemed it wise to constitute an Advisory Council in 1950 with a primary duty to counsel the Museum on the issues of enriching its collection through new acquisitions and purchase of antiquities and works of Arts.

The Museum was shifted to the present premises in 1970. The basic objective of establishing National Museum was to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit the records of the cultural history of Pakistan and to promote a learned insight into the personality of its people. The Museum has a collection of 58,000 old coins (some dating from 74 Al-Hijra), and hundreds of well preserved sculptures. Some 70,000 publications, books and other reading material of the Archeology and Museums Department were also shifted to the National Museum so that general public could see them. Every year National Museum holds around a dozen exhibitions on National Days and other occasions.

Operation hours: Thursday - Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm.

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National Academy of Performing Arts

8) National Academy of Performing Arts

The National Academy of Performing Arts is situated on M. R. Kiyani Road, opposite the Arts Council. The academy was constructed in 1925 on a plot of land measuring 47,000 square yards. The cupolas and balustrades are directly influenced and derived from the Mughal-Hindu mixed style which characterizes Akbar's Fatehpur Sikri. It is perhaps the only example of its type left in Karachi.

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Zainab Market

9) Zainab Market

Zainab Market is one of the cheapest markets in Karachi. Zainab offers clothes, leather, and rugs. The goods are all fabricated in Pakistan for famous brands like Adidas, Nike, and Polo. Shoppers are welcome to bargain and could successfully reduce the price to as low as 40 percent.

Walking Tours in Karachi, Pakistan

Create Your Own Walk in Karachi

Create Your Own Walk in Karachi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Karachi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping in Saddar

Shopping in Saddar

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Karachi Recreation

Karachi Recreation

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Architecture of Karachi

Architecture of Karachi

Despite the vague buildings throughout the city, Karachi is actually a region with a special cultural life. Karachi contains several sites which deserve the attention of tourists and local culture-loving habitants.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Exploring Garden East, Karachi

Exploring Garden East, Karachi

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Exploring Clifton, Karachi

Exploring Clifton, Karachi

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Karachi Historic Tour

Karachi Historic Tour

Karachi is a city with a very rich history and strong spirit. The buildings in this tour may be a little different from each other, yet each one silently describes a history of this great city. Furthermore, some of the buildings presented may be architecturally specific to other cultures and countries, but that doesn't mean they do not integrate well with Karachi.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km