Countries Traveled (Alphabetical order): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City State
Earlier this year, while hosting a Latvian CSer Artyom I was failed to recognize a photo in his camera which showed a
beautiful building in Karachi - and being a born-Karachite I was like
That was Wazir Mansion,
the birthplace of our Founding Father Muhammad Ali Jinnah, located in Kharadar
This is a multistory archaic
structure and a 'protected national monument' - opened for general public only
I am sure many of us living in Karachi
including wannabe globe-trotters, like myself, have not yet bothered visiting
this picturesque building. Atleast none I am in touch with! I guess we should
know a bit more about our culture before looking here and there! (pun intended)
And then last year while visiting Cairo we
met locals belonging to a travel community who were arranging free walks
exploring around the city out of hospitality. Since then I was thinking
starting such a thing in Karachi and this is the first step towards that.
So with this long backdrop, those who
are reading this, either locals or travelers, are invited for a walk around the
old city highlight of which would be the historic Wazir Mansion. Surrounding
heritage buildings would definitely be an opportunity for those having DSLRs
and an imaginative eye.
Schedule: December 23 at 9:30 am
I am aware early Sunday morning
would not be too convenient for many but as they say "jo sota hey woh
khota hey" so please sacrifice just one sleep and be part of this :-P
Btw, this is the best time of the
year for such an activity because of the pleasant weather and then very little
or no traffic is expected on a Sunday morning which makes the otherwise chaotic
surroundings explorable. Through this we may pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam a
couple of days before his birthday, even if sounds rustic.
Here I must re-confess that I have
not been to the monument yet so anyone with the know may please take the lead -
although I am aware of the directions and the neighborhood.
Those who feel interested please
reply here or at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are not in Karachi may join us virtually when I will post pictures
and a brief trip report Inshallah.