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Karachi & Thatta Highlights

Overview

Karachi & Thatta Tour is a  short tour of three days covering history and highlights of Karahci and Thatta and in between.

 

Highlights

  • Visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Music, dance, colorful market stalls and fairground events
  • Exclusive visit to a traditional  homes, museum and artisanonary – meet with artists and learn how to drape and wear a traditional dres

Itinerary

  Days        Activities

  • ARRIVAL in karachi

    One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

    After breakfast we will set off to See the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam

    The Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam is one of the most recognizable sights in Karachi. It was built in honor of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, set at the top of a stepped pyramid in a small park. Built in 1958-68 from the design of a Turkish architect. The tomb itself is guarded at all times, and the ceremonial changing of the guard is an experience that is not to be missed.

    After this we will visit Mohatta Palace.

    It is the most famous and beautiful place in Karachi where people come and enjoy the attractive scenic views. The building is in pink color in combination of Jodhpur stone and local yellow stone of Gizri. The Mohatta Palace consists of museum where you will see the statues of some legends like Queen Victoria and Soldiers of Raj.

    After lunch we will visit Frere Hall.

    Frere Hall is a stunning building in the Victorian Gothic architecture style. It dates back to the 1800’s, when the area was under British rule. The surrounding gardens and grounds are the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll and will give you plenty of opportunities to take some great photographs of the historic building.

    After this we will drive at the seaside, called Sea View to watch sunset. The area is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset. This area is home to many restaurants and shops to keep you entertained. During the evening on Saturdays and Sundays, one can view one of the tallest jet fountains in the world, right at Clifton Beach. There are boat tours that take you out to see the fountain up close.

  • Bhambore - Makkli Hill - Thatta

    After breakfast drive to visit chaukandi.

    Chaukandi tombs form an early Islamic cemetery .The tombs are remarkable for their elaborate sandstone carvings. The style of architecture is typical to the region of Sindh. Generally, the tombs are attributed to the Jokhio  and known as the family graveyard of the Jokhio tribe, although other, mainly Baloch, tribes have also been buried here. They were mainly built during Mughal rule sometime in the 15th and 18th centuries when Islam became dominant.

    This type of graveyard in Sindh and Balochistan is remarkable because of its main north-south orientation. The more elaborate graves are constructed with a buff-colored sandstone. Their carved decoration displays expert craftsmanship and has often kept remarkably well over time. The tombs are embellished with geometrical designs and motifs, including figural representations such as mounted horsemen, hunting scenes, arms, and jewelry.

    Tombs were constructed either as single graves or as groups of up to eight graves, raised on a common platform. A typical sarcophagus consists of six vertical slabs, with two long slabs on each side of the grave indicating the length of the body and the remaining two vertical slabs on the head and foot side. These six slabs are covered by a second sarcophagus consisting of six more similar vertical slabs but smaller in size, giving the grave a pyramid shape. The upper box is further covered with four or five horizontal slabs and the topmost construction is set vertically with its northern end often carved into a knob known as a crown or a turban.

    After Chaukandi we will visit Bhambore;

    Bhambore is the ruins of the ancient port city of Debal from the 7th century, located near Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, at the base of the Indus River. . Its population was mainly Hindu with a Buddhist minority. It is largely known for the ruins of a castle destroyed by Muhammad bin Qasim during the invasion of Sindh and—on a different note—the legendary love story of Sassi Punnun. The ruins are located approximately 60 km between Dhabeji and Gharo.

    Banbhore is an ancient city dating to the 1st century BC, It dates back to the Scytho-Parthian era and was later controlled by Muslims from 8th to 13th century after which it was abandoned. Remains of one of the earliest known mosques in the region dating back to 727 AD are still preserved in the city.

    Archaeological records reveal remnants of three distinct periods on the site; Scytho-Parthian (1st century BC to 2nd century AD), Hindu-Buddhist (2nd century AD to 8th century AD), and early Islamic (8th century AD to 13th century AD).

    Archaeological findings show that the city consisted of an enclosed area surrounded by a stone and mud wall. The citadel was divided into eastern and western sections by a fortified stone wall in the center. The eastern part contains ruins of a mosque with an inscription dating to 727 AD, sixteen years after the conquest of Sindh, indicating the best preserved example of the earliest mosques in the region. The remains of the mosque were discovered in 1960. Remains of houses, streets, and other buildings have been found both within and outside the citadel.

     Contemporary stone buildings from the three periods are also uncovered in the area including a palatial stone building with semi-circular shape, a Shiva temple from the Hindu period, and a mosque. Three gateways to the citadel were also uncovered during excavations.

    Then we will visit Thatta.

    Thatta is an ancient town with an interesting history dating back to the time of the Macedonian, Alexander the Great, who used the port to rest his weary troops. The present Thatta was founded in the 15th century. Under the Mughals it was a provincial capital and during this period there were as many as 400 institutions of learning in the city.

    Some outstanding architecture left from the Mughal period remains in the religious and historical monuments. Thatta is famous for its necropolis, which covers 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi) on the Makli Hill, which assumed its quasi-sacred character during Jam Nizamu-d Din’s rule. The site became closely interlinked with the lives of the people. Every year thousands perform pilgrimage to this site to commemorate the saints buried here. The graves testify to a period of four centuries when Thatta was a thriving center of trade, religion and scholarly pursuits and the capital of Sind.

    Then we will visit Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta.

    The Shah Jahan Mosque was built during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He made it as a gift for the kind and warm hospitality of the people of Thatta.

    It is unique in this way that it contains no minarets but has a total of a staggering, 100 domes, the highest for any structure in Pakistan. Unlike other Mughal-era structures, it also does not contain pink sandstone.

    It was made using materials from areas of Sunday such as Hala (where the bricks were imported from). The mosque was built with acoustics in mind: a person speaking on one end of the dome can be heard from the other end when the speech exceeds 100 decibels.

    Evening drive back to Karachi.

  • Karachi

    Today after breakfast we will visit Toba Mosque.

    Masjid-e-Tooba also called the Gol Masjid because it is dome shaped & probably considered as the largest dome shaped mosque in the World. The diameter of the dome is about 236 feet.

    After this we will visit Wazir Mansion. It  is where Jinnah was born and brought up. The house contains a few relics related to the revered leader.

    Then we will visit National Museum.

    The display here includes a two-million-year-old Stone Age axe recovered from the Potwar Plateau and other artefacts from around Pakistan. There’s an interesting Islamic section outlining the early Arab settlements of Debal and Mansura.

    Then we will visit Sindh Assembly and Singh High court Building, Architecturally interesting red sandstone work on these building.

    After this we will have lunch at Burns Road, known as kitchen of Karachi.

    After lunch we will visit Hindu Gymkhana (National Academy of Performing Arts)

    The Hindu Gymkhana was constructed in 1925 and it covers an area of around 47,000 sq. yds.

     It has a sub-continental style architecture depicts both the Mughal and Hindu style. Now it is home to the National Academy of Performing Arts which is an institution established to conserve and teach performing arts and music.

    Then we will visit Empress Market Saddar.  It traces its origins back to the British era when it was first constructed, and since then has undergone significant changes.

     It was constructed between 1884 and 1889, and was named after Queen Victoria, the empress of India. The building was designed by James Strachan while the foundations were completed by A.J Attfield, an English firm. The construction was carried out by the ‘Mahoomed Niwan and Dulloo Khejoo’ firm.

    This building occupies an area of 130ft by 100ft, with four galleries, each 46ft wide. This market consists of almost 280 shops, and at the time of construction, it was one of the seven markets that existed in Karachi. It is one of the very few historical buildings which exist in Karachi, and the old clock, placed above the entrance, is a central feature of this building.

    After this time permitting we will visit Bagh Ibne Qasim.

    Ibn-e-Qasim Park is one of the most beautiful places in Karachi. It is known to be as the largest urban park in the city. This park has a very interesting view of thousands roses, turtle pond and murals of dinosaurs. There are so many rides for children and adults in this park that visitors enjoy very much.

    Then we will drive to airport for onward flight.

Departures Dates

No minimum passengers required, 100% guaranteed departures. Small groups. All our itineraries are fully customizable with flexible departure dates.

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$ 000
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From early childhood a place somewhere beyond the horizon was where I wanted to be and in the passing years since, I have made it my goal to satisfy that yearning! growing up in Baltistan gave me a great love for that part of the world, from K2 to Nanga Parbat to makin the first venture on Gondogoro la and much in between.

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