Photos of Karachi

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Karachi dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.

Memorabilia of Quaid-e-Azam: Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam - Memorabilia of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Mazar-e-Quaid. Photo by Shahid1024.

Brief History: The area of Karachi was known to the ancient Greeks by many names: ‘Krokola’ and  ‘Morontobara’ port (probably the modern Manora Island near the Karachi harbour), from where Alexander the Great’s admiral Nearchus sailed for back home.The Arabs called it the port of Debal, from where Muhammad Bin Qasim led his conquering force into Sindh.
According to legend, the city started as a fishing settlement, where a fisher woman, Mai Kolachi, settled and started a family. The village that grew out of this settlement was known as Kolachi-jo-Goth (The Village of Kolachi in Sindhi).
The city was under Kalhora rulers and later under Talpur rulers of Sindh. It was conquered by British east India Company in 1839. The town was later annexed to the British Indian Empire. When Pakistan got independence in 1947, Karachi was selected as its capital. The capital was shifted to Islamabad in 1959.
This page will display photos of Karachi; a mix of new, old and extremely rare pics of the city.

Bird’s Eye View of Jinnah International Airport, Karachi

Aerial View of Boat Basin, Karachi

Containers at Karachi Port

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi

Under Construction Mazar-e-Quaid

  Pictures of Karachi: Under construction mazaar-e-Quaid Pic - Photos, Images of Karachi

A Very Rare Video of Karachi-1942. A great video of Karachi made by an unknown British Soldier. See here Rare Videos of Pakistan

An Aerial View of Karachi

Teen Talwar, Karachi

Another View of Teen Talwar, Clifton, Karachi

Karachi Pictures: Teen Talwar (Three Swords), Clifton, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Frere Hall, Karachi

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Metropole Hotel, Karachi 

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Park Tower, Karachi

Honeymoon Lodge (Now Agha Khan Hill) at Korangi Road, Karachi 

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DHA Golf Club, Karachi

Karachi Pictures: DHA Golf Club, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

KPT Interchange,Karachi

 Millennium Mall Flyover, Karachi

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Beautiful Karachi Scene at Night

Mohatta Palace, Karachi

A Boat-Shaped Mosque, Karachi. It’s name is Masjid-e-Safina.

PIDC (Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation) Building, Karachi

Pic of PIDC (Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation) Building, Karachi

Jahangir Kothari, Clifton, Karachi

Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi During Day

Karachi Pictures: Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi during day - Images, Photos of Karachi

Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi During Night

Karachi Pictures: Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi during night - Images, Photos of Karachi

Paradise Point, near Karachi

Cape Monze (Cape Mount) Beach, near KarachiCape Monze, also known as Cape Mount, is a beautiful beach on the Arabian Sea near Karachi. It is closer to Gadani Beach.

Cape Monze ( also known as Cape Mount) Beach near Karachi

D. J. Science College, Karachi. D. J. Science College was built between 1887 and 1893. Named after the Sindhi philanthropist Dayaram Jethmal, whose two family members contributed towards its cost, the building was constructed in the neoclassical, or ‘Italian architectural style’.

Karachi Pictures: Neoclassical building of D.J.( Dayaram Jethmal) Science College, Karachi - Photos of Karachi

The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary. The magnificent building of the Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary, located in Saddar next to Khyber Hotel near the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road (Somerset Street), is a classical landmark of Karachi. It is also a reminder of  religious and ethnic diversity of Karachi. It was commissioned by the famous philanthropist Eduljee Dinshaw in 1882. Photo by Skybolt.

Karachi Pictures: Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary located near the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road in Saddar, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi. It is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq (Old Clarke Street), in Saddar Karachi, and was opened in April 1881. A church was initially built on the grounds of this cathedral in 1845, and was called St. Patrick’s Church. The little old church also continued to function until it was destroyed by a storm in 1885. Photo by Karachi_St._Patricks_Cathedral.jpgXalD.

Karachi Pictures: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Holy Trinity Cathedral, KarachiHoly Trinity Cathedral is situated on Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi. Built in 1855, its tall tower was also a light house as it was built with a purpose to facilitate the ships arriving at Karachi Harbour.

Karachi Pictures: Holy Trinity Church, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Saint Andrew’s Church, Karachi

Karachi Pictures: Saint Andrew's Church, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Our Lady of Fatima Church, off M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi. Photo by GlennRyall. For more details about this church, see Churches in Pakistan.

Karachi Pictures: Our Lady of Fatima Church, off M.A. Jinnah Road Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Habib Bank Plaza Karachi Under Construction, 1963

Karachi Pictures: Habib Bank Plaza Karachi under construction, 1963 - Images, Photos of Karachi

A Camel Cart and Tram on a Road in Karachi 

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Municipal Hall, Karachi, 1954

Old Pictures of Karachi:  Municipal Hall, Karachi,1954 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karach

Old Photo of McLeod Road, Karachi, Late 1940s. This photo was taken from where National Bank of Pakistan Head Office is today. The buildings on the left have been replaced by Habib Bank Plaza and some other buildings.

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare Photo of McLeod Road, Karachi, Late 1940s - Old and rare Photos of Karachi; Rare Images of Karachi

Federal Govt Offices, Karachi-1947

A Roadside Dentist in Karachi

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A Road in Karachi Submerged in Rain Water Before Partition

Karachi Rare Pictures: A road in Karachi submerged in rain water before Partition - Old Photos of Karachi

Elphinstone Street, Karachi in 1940. It is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

Karachi Rare Pictures: Elphinstone Street (Now Zaib-un-Nisa Street), Karachi in 1940 - Old Photos of Karachi

Elphinstone Street, Karachi, 1940Elphinstone Street is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Old Photo of Elphinstone Street, Karachi, 1940 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi; Rare Images of Karachi

Old Photos of Karachi – Manora Barracks, Karachi, 1930 

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Rare Photo of Elphinstone Street, Karachi – 1930Elphinstone Street is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

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Old Photo of Shops in a Street in Karachi

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Old photo of shops in a street in Karachi - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

A Signpost at Malir cantonment – 1930.  This stone marker was erected at Malir Cantonment in 1930. During the Second World War, Karachi (and its surrounding military facilities like Malir Cantonment) became a major staging post  for troops of the British Indian Army being shipped to the Middle East and North Africa. From Oct 1941 onward, Malir Cantonment held the large number of Italian POWs captured in North and East Africa.  The distances to New York and San Fransisco were probably added in 1941 when the cantonment became a major base for the American support for the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre.  The distance to Warsaw may have been added after Partition when a large number of Polish pilots served in the Pakistan Air Force.

Old and rare Pictures of ;Karachi - Rare Photo of a signpost in Malir Cantonment, 1930 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi; Rare Images of Karachi

The Empress Market, Karachi – 1930

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A Parsi Family in Karachi in Motor Car, 1925

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi; A Parsi family in Karachi in motor car, 1925  - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

Bolton Market, Karachi, 1920

Rare Pictures of Karachi: Bolton Market, Karachi,1920 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

Star Cinema, Karachi, 1918-20. This cinema was located in Saddar, Karachi. Now it has been converted into Star Shopping Centre.The cinema is advertising Hands Up, which was a silent Western film released in America in 1917. There were two movies with the name of Hands Up; one was released in 1917 and the other in 1926. We are not sure which one was shown in Star Cinema when the picture was taken.
Please see both the links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Up!_(1917_film)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Up!_(1926_film)

Karachi Rare Pictures: Star Cinema, Karachi, 1918-20 - Old Photos of Karachi

Rare Photo of Kothari Parade and Ladywood Pier at Clifton, Karachi

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Old photo of Kothari Parade and Ladywood Pier at Clifton, Karachi - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Rare Photo of Mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, Karachi, early 1900s

Karachi Rare Pictures: Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, Karachi, early 1900s - Old Photos of Karachi

Karachi Cantonment Railway Station in 1900

Karachi Rare Pictures: Karachi Cantt Railway Station in 1900 - Old Photos of Karachi

Rare Photo of Bunder Road, Karachi – 1900. Bunder Road is now called M.A. Jinnah Road (Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road).

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare Photo of Bunder Road, Karachi,1900 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Street in Karachi City – 1900

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare photo of Elphinstone Street, Karachi, 1930 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Napier Mole Bridge, Karachi, 1900

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Napier Mole Bridge, Karachi,1900 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

D. J. Sindh Arts College (Now D. J. Govt Science College), Karachi, 1900 

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: D.J. Sindh Arts College (Now D.J. Govt Science College), Karachi,1900 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Traffic Policeman Controlling Traffic in Downtown Karachi – Late 19th Century 

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; A traffic policeman controlling traffic in Downtown Karachi, Late 19th Century - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

A Busy Street in Karachi, Late 19th Century

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare photo of a busy street in Karachi, Late 19th Century - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Rare Photo of Victoria Road, Karachi, 1900. Victoria Road is now called Abdullah Haroon Road. Top left hand corner in the photo is where now Regal Chowk stands. Saint Andrew’s Church is also visible in the photo. The Church is between Victoria Road and Garden Road on Preedy Street. Immediate front is where Zainab Market now stands.

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare Photo of Victoria Road, Karachi, Late 19th Century - Old and rare Photos of Karachi; Rare Images of Karachi

Rare Photo of Napier Barracks, Karachi, 1890s. Looking Northwest, the wilderness beyond is where Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar, Lines Area and in the distance Nazimabad are located today.

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Sindh Club, Karachi City, 1890s 

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Frere Hall,Karachi, 1890

Karachi Rare Pictures: Frere Hall,Karachi, 1890 - Old Photos of Karachi

A Rare Photo of The Empress Market, Karachi – 1890 

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Frere Hall,Karachi, 1880s 

Karachi Rare Pictures: Frere Hall,Karachi, 1880s - Old Photos of Karachi

Saint Patrick’s School, Karachi , 1873

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A Girls’ Classroom at Saint Patrick’s School, Karachi , 1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of a Girls' Classroom at Saint Patrick's School, Karachi ,1873 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi , 1873 

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi ,1873 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Class in Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi , 1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of a Classroom in Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi ,1873 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi , 1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of a Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873- Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

Students Taking Lesson in a Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of Students taking lesson in a Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873- Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Girls’ School in Karachi, 1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of a Girls' School in Karachi, 1873 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Rare Photo of Karachi Harbour, 1860. One of the earliest photos of the Karachi Harbour.

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A Rare photo of Frere Hall, Karachi – 1860

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Comments

  1. Jami Shah says:

    Wonderful collection of my beloved Karachi. Karachi is in my heart, I miss Karachi since 2000 when I left this beautiful, full of life city. I am in North America and visit Karachi every year, I love you Karachi and I will back to you very soon, Insha-Allah.

  2. Just no words to say…..Karachi was so rare.

  3. Amazing ………. education kay liye Parsi nation ki koshisain qabil-e-fakhar hain. Afsos ajj hum nay education ko business bana liya… hummay Parsi quam say sabaq hasil karna chahiye!!

  4. M. Khan says:

    Thanks for such a precious collection of rare photos of Karachi. It makes me ambitious to return Karachi the glory it once had. May Allah keep Pakistan and Karachi safe.

  5. Impressive work….good job done.

  6. Sidra Fiasal Shah says:

    Yeh photos dhaik ker dil keh raha hai ‘kaash Karachi aasa hi ho jaaye’.
    Allah Pakistan ko aasay hi qaim rakhay, Ameen.

  7. Muddasar says:

    These are really very nice photos of Karachi.

  8. Umair Javaid says:

    Mind blowing & great selection of pictures.

  9. S Siddiqui says:

    Outstanding stuff and really amazing snaps, especially for people like us who are not living in their country.
    Love you & GOD bless you Pakistan & Karachi….AMEEN.

  10. F Mubeen says:

    Really like all the lovely pictures of my Karachi, please post some more.

  11. Yousuf K Tareen says:

    Excellent photos. The one of STAR Cinema has the wrong date, Hands Up was released in 1926 so this photo is definitely taken after that year.

  12. Shehzad says:

    Karachi is a Great City in the world, and I love Karachi.

  13. Mehmood Ali says:

    ماشاءالله………Its really great work I appreciate your efforts. I love Karachi and Pakistan.

  14. Brother, it is a great Post……. and thanks for this collection!!

  15. Ravi Rai says:

    Hi, I am a television and cinema writer director in India. The internet would give you an information on me. We recently produced films like ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and the recently released ‘Raanjhana’ directed by my brother Anand Rai. We are Sindhis and actually Raisinghani. My father was from Naushero Feroze and my mother is from Karachi. I am writing a novel, a love story based in Sukkur between a Sindhi girl and a Muslim boy next door. The story begins in 1944 and ends in 1954. A time when the Muslim League and Indian National Congress were at the logger heads and how 1947 tore them apart. But in all this process I am trying to bring back Sindh alive once again. If any of you would want to contribute anything with schools, names of the institutions, streets, hospitals, shops, bakeries, sweet marts, in Sukkur, Rohri, Karachi, Shikarpur, Lahore, Sialkot etc., please let me know. Thanks and regards.
    My email address is ravirai25@hotmail.com

  16. It’s really great collection. Specially the old pics those show how planned city it was and how bad it is now. Hope the day will come when the things will be in an ordered way.

  17. Muhammad Mohsin Behlem says:

    Being a Karachi-ite I salute your efforts & your hard work.

  18. Great collection of historical photos of Karachi.

  19. Ali Muzaffar Rizvi says:

    Really amazing collection of pics!!!

  20. Dr. Fazal Iqra says:

    Precious collection.

  21. Shehzad from karachi,
    This is very nice piks, i love karachi very much.
    but i m upset today karachi. i hope karachi is the best city
    in the world. Inshallah.

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