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Karachi is one of the major cities in Pakistan.
Jinnah International Airport (KHI) (http://www.karachiairport.com/)
The main ways of getting around in Karachi is through buses, and it is used by the majority of the Pakistani population. However, outsiders might be appalled by the bad conditions of the buses, They might prefer travelling in taxis. There are two kinds of taxis in Karachi, Yellow and Black. The yellow ones are generally thought to be better than the black ones. You need to be wary of the rates charged by the taxi drivers, because they usually charge double rates to people who are unaware of them.
Recently, a new bus service has started in Pakistan. It's called the Green Bus. These are very highly maintained good quality buses. The only down side is that they cost nearly double the price of the ordinary buses. But that is not that much anyways, amounting to nearly 10 cents.
Once you get the hang of travelling in Karachi, it becomes a very entertaining experience. You meet new people and get to see really unexpected things. It's not very hard to find a mode of transportation and if you know what you are doing, very easy to get around.
There is much to do in Karachi, a city of 9 million people is unlikely to be short on activities!
One can shop to one's hearts content, in the massive range of markets and bazaars that dot the city, or one can shop at one of the many modern shopping malls that are found across the city's more affluent sectors, namely Defence and Clifton.
From a historical perspective, Karachi has a fine collection of Anglo-Indian architecture, a legacy of the British Raj, which can keep History buffs engaged. As well as a fine history in its own right, with ancient pre Islamic and later Muslim rulers leaving there mark on this enchanted city.
On the sports front, one is spoilt for choice. Cricket can be found at every conceivable corner, or in the lush grounds of the more wealthy professional clubs, or elite schools. There are several fine Golf courses, a bustling race track, and a wide range of water sports are accessible due to the City's Arabian Sea coast.
Culture vultures will find a city with 10 Art Galleries, displaying broad works from Asia, and some New Age works from aspiring Pakistani artists.
Walks along the beaches, under clear skies, at night are an experience worth the travel alone.
Alternatively, one can jump on a bus and simply let themselves be overwhelmed by this city, its size and scope, its heart breaking disparity between rich and poor, and its breath taking sights and sounds. Karachi isn't a city, it is a world unto itself!
There are a great number of shopping places in Karachi, ranging from the traditional bazaar to the modern shopping malls that we are accustomed to in the West. A first-time visitor should try and visit the bazaars, as the shopping malls will not be any different than back home. The bazaars usually consist of many small vendors selling a variety of products from accessories to clothes to food and drink. In addition, there are larger stores which are more specific in their products. Also one would find that the bazaars are a more culturally enriching experience, and everything's so cheap!
Some of the main bazaars in Karachi that deserve a visit:
Karachi has several fantastic upscale restaurants. Limoncello, Okra, Gunsmoke, Fujiyama, Baan Thai, the Pakistani are a few of these.
Although Pakistan is officially "dry", most top end hotels have their own bars. The Government is not particularly pro-active in enforcing such laws. You just have to know where to look.
Of the local drinks, Lassi is a classic yogurt drink fused with fresh fruit. Highly recommended!
In a city the size of Karachi, there is never a shortage of beds! Karachi has perhaps 5 hotels that are widely considered to be 5*, mostly those hotels belonging to famous hotel chains. The Avari Towers are supposed to be an experience apart, most foreign dignitaries in the city stay there.
There are thousands of lesser hotels and dorms to sleep in. For $60 USD you can get a very decent place, with private bathroom, cable TV and air conditioning. As in any place, there is a correlation between comfort and cost.
Karachi is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Just use common sense and avoid slums. Try not to go out alone or at night.