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Cool and cosmopolitan Karachi

Book flights to Karachi and experience a city of glistening waters, azure skies and stunning architecture.

Situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it’s home to many golden beaches – including Clifton,
Sandspit and Hawkes Bay.

the beach in karachi at sunset

Take a short ferry ride to Manora Island to visit the ancient fort that has guarded the coastline for hundreds of years. Then walk along its pleasant beach, overlooked by the remains of a 19th-century Hindu temple.

You can also visit Salt n Pepper Village with its delicious Pakistani food and traditional live music. This is the place to try halal kebabs, fried fish or fresh fruit.

Mohatta Palace, meanwhile, is the ideal attraction for history and culture lovers.

This picturesque museum with its lush green gardens is packed with fascinating collections of artworks and exhibitions. Book your plane tickets to Karachi now and prepare for a whole new adventure.

What's the weather like in Karachi?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

18°C

1cm

FEB

20°C

1cm

MAR

25°C

1cm

APR

28°C

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MAY

31°C

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JUN

31°C

1cm

JUL

30°C

9cm

AUG

29°C

6cm

SEP

29°C

2cm

OCT

28°C

0cm

NOV

24°C

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DEC

20°C

1cm

Fly to Karachi between late autumn to early spring (November to March) and you can expect pleasant and very dry weather, with average temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 25°C.

Between April and October conditions are much hotter, with temperatures regularly pushing past 35°C. July and August are the wettest months – but there is little rainfall at other times.

Reasons to visit Karachi

the white dome of tooba mosque karachi

Magnificent monuments

Stop by one of Karachi’s most sensational landmarks, the Tooba Mosque.

This stunning piece of architecture is famous for its large white marble dome design, and inside you’ll find ornate decorations that take the breath away. Visitors are usually welcome to enter until half an hour before prayer time – just check ahead and be mindful of local restrictions. You should also dress modestly, covering your head, shoulders and knees.

After your flight to Karachi, be sure to visit Mazar E Quaid too. This is the resting place of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It features an impressive tombstone and museum, displaying the leader’s belongings.

turtle swimming underwater karachi

Adventure island

The small and uninhabited Churna Island is located in the Arabian Sea. Spend the day sitting on the golden beach or out in the sparkling ocean among the vivid coral reefs and teeming marine life.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try wake tubing, snorkelling or scuba diving. About an hour’s boat ride from Mubarak Village, its sandy beach is perfect for a delicious picnic in a secluded setting.

spices at empress market in karachi

A shopper's paradise

Karachi is well-known for its bustling markets. Empress Market is the oldest of all – here, the scent of fragrant spices adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

For unusual and charming trinkets, drop by Zainab Market. From clothes, handicrafts, carpets and leather goods, to bags, decorations and shawls, it offers a treasure trove of unique souvenirs. The fabric here is often of superb quality, and the clothes tend to be great value for money.

Popular with locals as well as visitors, bilingual vendors are on hand to help, and it’s usual practice to haggle when purchasing. So be sure to brush up on your bargaining skills after you book plane tickets to Karachi.

Things to know before you fly to Karachi

plane Transfers to the city

Jinnah International Airport (KHI) is located around 12 miles away from Karachi’s city centre. You can pre-book your airport transfer with Etihad for added comfort and convenience. Alternatively, coaches, trains and buses leave regularly from the airport. Driving to the city usually takes about 45 minutes in light traffic.

charities Cultural considerations

Pakistan is a predominately Muslim country, so both men and women should consider the appropriate dress. When entering religious buildings, such as the Tooba Mosque, you should respectfully leave your shoes at the entrance and be silent, as well as covering your arms, chest and legs.

bus Getting Around

The major modes of transportation in Karachi are bus, taxis and auto rickshaws. You can also take the Pakistan Railway, which connects all the main districts. This is useful for getting out into the surrounding towns and villages.

accommodation Where to stay in Karachi

Club Road, which runs through the upmarket Civil Lines district of the city, is a great place for visitors to stay. Hotels in the area often boast superb restaurants, indoor swimming pools and gym facilities, while others are famous for their hospitality and cosy vibe.

Flying to Karachi: FAQs

What attractions should I visit in Karachi?

Turtle Beach is home to green sea turtles that come out to lay their eggs in the sands, making it a must for nature lovers. The Mohatta Palace Museum, meanwhile, is home to a range of cultural exhibitions – and a stunning historic building.

What is the food like in Karachi?

Pakistani restaurants are often popular for their delicious seafood, kebabs, halal chicken, fresh fish dishes and rich, creamy curries. Elsewhere you’ll find food ranging from barbeque and Pakistani to Afghani and continental – with halal and vegetarian options.

Where can I go shopping in Karachi?

Popular shopping malls for both tourists and locals are LuckyOne, Port Grand, Dolmen Mall Clifton and Dolmen Mall Tariq Road. You’ll find international brands and plenty of restaurants and cafes here.

Why we love Karachi

“Karachi is a dream destination. It has a mix of peaceful beaches, interesting history, great traditional restaurants and markets where you can find unique souvenirs. Go snorkelling at Churna Island and you’ll be dazzled by the sea life.”

The best of Pakistan

One of the world’s most exciting destinations, fly to colourful Karachi to find scenic beaches and lively streets packed with cultural treasures.

Pakistan’s star city has become a key player in the growing tourism scene, serving as a launchpad for island adventures and more.

Come for the stunning coastal scenery, where blissful relaxation awaits, then stay to explore the captivating mosques, museums and historic structures – or haggle in the renowned markets.

Beyond the city itself, Karachi flights also give you the chance to experience the wider sights and attractions of Pakistan on an extended holiday.

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Weather in Karachi

31 °C
Tuesday31 Mar 2020
29 °C
Wednesday1 Apr 2020
32 °C
Thursday2 Apr 2020
32 °C
Friday3 Apr 2020
32 °C
Saturday4 Apr 2020
34 °C
Sunday5 Apr 2020
35 °C
Monday6 Apr 2020
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