Sustaining people against Karachi’s dusty dry weather is the city’s much-needed parks and green spaces that act like an oasis bustling with life and shining bright green and blue under the harsh sun. Here is our list of the city’s best – and most beautiful – parks and green spaces.
Nisar Shaheed Park is a lush green park spread over 26 acres of land with walking paths and a one-kilometre jogging track. There is also a playground with swings for kids as well as tuck shops and a gym for members on the premises.
Hill Park is massive and so very functional with its age-old trees, lush gardens, a pond full of ducks (which you can feed) a walking track and a viewing gallery at the highest point of the hill with a great view of the city. Furthermore, the park is also home to an amusement park with an arcade and a restaurant. It’s also dog-friendly, which sadly, most parks in Karachi are not. Work out, play, walk your dog, visit the amusement park and grab some of the city’s best chai at Hill Park all in one evening! Numerous species of beautiful birds also nest in this park.
This park comes with its very own natural lake and its fresh grass is spread over eight acres of land. There are many flowering plants and trees here as well and it’s a great spot for relaxing and walking.
Karachi’s biggest park is the decade-old Safari Park, which was built in 1970 and is home to large lakes, hilly plateaus, lawns and hundreds of trees. The park has a sanctuary-style zoo with viewing facilities made up of chairlifts and safari tracks. The natural swan lake with pagoda-style sitting places around it is another top attraction. As the park is so massive, you can take your car inside and drive around the road built within the park to find your perfect hideout.
Surrounding the handsome colonial building of Frere Hall are luscious gardens with many trees, some probably as old as the 19th-century structure itself with wild vines hanging down and strong roots sprouting out far from the trees. It’s a beautiful place with a sweet vibe, which is further enhanced by its horse-drawn carriages. Many bird species can also be spotted here. It’s a must visit, indeed!