After a wholesome breakfast, we will set out to explore Karachi, a city full of historical landmarks, friendly people, and fantastic food. We will start with Saddar Bazaar, the heart of Karachi city, established by the British in 1839. Surrounded by quaint and picturesque buildings, this crowded marketplace houses Pakistan s busiest retails shops.
You might want to sit down and enjoy a glass of gannay ka rass (sugarcane juice) for an instant energy boost a classic favorite of Karachiites and observe the hustle bustle of the bazaar. Going forward we will visit Empress Market, a paradise of spices and herbs.
The sweet and overpowering aroma of spices may make your stomach rumble. You can view the impressive Mughal, Gothic style buildings while walking along with several other shops of fresh groceries, stationery items, and more. Empress Market is also famous for selling exotic pets like a macaw, falcon, and other birds. Located approximately 3 minutes away from Empress Market is Bohri Bazaar, one of the old markets of Karachi.
It offers a wide collection of utensils, hair wigs, and makeup. Try the chana chaat from Bohri Bazaar. It is a popular street food made with chickpeas, tamarind and lots of spices. Next, we will walk to Saint Patrick s Church, the very first church in Sindh built in 1845.
The interior has extraordinary details having stained glass windows and a high ceiling painted in oils. The charismatic marble statues and the ornate decor are eye-catching for all visitors. After visiting the ancient holy cathedral, we will drive you to Jinnah mausoleum and its adjoining museum. Also known as Mazar-e-Quaid, the grand mausoleum is the final resting place for Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Surrounded by a large beautiful garden, the mausoleum fascinates the visitors with its intricate geometric design, curved arches, and copper grills set on an elevated 54-square-meter platform. Its Islamic architecture style was inspired by the Samanid Mausoleum situated in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Its white marble walls symbolize purity, portraying Jinnah s honest and selfless personality. We drive for approximately 15 minutes from the Jinnah mausoleum to the Tooba Mosque. Be ready to witness the world s largest single-dome mosque with a diameter of 212 feet. A simplistic mirror work makes the masjid stand unique in all its glory. The mosque has the capacity for 5,000 worshippers at a time. You will then head towards the shrine of the 8th century saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi, a giant in the world of Sufism. He is also called the savior saint as people believe that he protected Karachi from a tropical cyclone with the power of his prayers. The shrine s green and white striped dome can be seen from a distance. It is further beautified with Sindhi tilework, banners, and colorful paper decorations. Meditate and feel the spiritual liveliness through the large number of devotees who visit the shrine regularly.
The live devotional Sufi music (Qawalli) played by the locals at the shrine highlights the importance of faith in the region. Free meals are offered to the poor twice daily and the shrine is abuzz with life at any part of the day. After visiting the historic landmarks, we will drive to Kemari for a cup of karak chai (strong tea) to feel relaxed and invigorated. Our guide will tell an inspirational Sufi story about bravery and confidence of Kemari s Moruro while you enjoy the view of boats docking at Kemari Island. To end a wonderful day tour, we will unwind and relax with a delicious BBQ dinner at a famous restaurant BBQ tonight.
Pakistan has been a crossroad of great kebabs! With great centuries of Persian, Turko-Mongol, Afghan and Arab influence, the Mughlai cuisine in the past 400 years has evolved and developed its own distinct kebabs and grills. Charsi Kabab, Reshmi Kabab, Chicken Tikka and the Baloch Sajji just to name a few. Eat it and experience the difference.