Karachi, the largest and the most popular city of Pakistan
presents an interesting and colorful combination of the old
and new. The narrow twisting lanes and alleys of the old city
throb with life alongside wide metallic roads and elegant
modern buildings. Within the city, talented artisans with age-
old skills produce handicrafts of exquisite beauty.
Karachi offers a variety of pleasant attractions: wide sunny
beaches, deep-sea fishing, yachting, golf and horseracing all
year round. It restaurants cater to a wide choice of Pakistani
and western cuisine. Its markets and bazaars offer an endless
variety of exciting shopping including indigenous handicrafts,
particularly rugs and carpets of rare design and beauty.
Karachi's recorded history goes back to the 18th century when
it was a small fishing village known as Kalachi-jo-Goth. With the
development of its harbor, it gradually grew into a large city and an
important center of trade and industry. Its selection as thecapital of
Pakistan in 1947 added to its importance and accelerated its rate of
growth and development. Though the seat of Government shifted to
Islamabad, Karachi still remains the center of commerce and industry.