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Ashara Mubarak 1446H

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What are the best SIM options for mobile packages and internet service during Ashara Mubaraka?

The major SIM card providers in Karachi, including Jazz, Zong, Telenor, and Ufone, offer competitive packages tailored for tourists, including data-heavy options for internet access. Jazz and Zong are particularly popular for their reliable coverage and high-speed internet packages. You can easily purchase these SIM cards from authorized retailers, kiosks at the airport, or official company outlets throughout the city. To ensure you get the best current deals, it’s recommended to check the latest offers on their websites, apps, or in-store.

What are the best modes of transport within the city?

In Karachi, the best modes of transport for convenience and safety include:

  1. Rideshare Apps: Services like Careem, Indrive, and Yango are widely used in Karachi. They offer reliable and safe transportation and can be more comfortable than traditional taxis.
  2. Taxis: Local taxis are rare, but it’s advisable to negotiate the fare in advance to avoid confusion.
  3. Auto Rickshaws: These are a common and economical mode of transport for shorter distances. Ensure to agree on the fare before starting your journey. It is best to ask a local about the normal fares to your destination.
  4. Local Buses: While the most economical, buses can be crowded. They’re useful if you’re familiar with the routes and comfortable navigating a busier environment.
    The Karachi Green Line BRT system is the first operational metro bus route under the “TransKarachi” project, which is affordable and comfortable. Here are a few details:
    – Starting Point: Numaish Chowrangi
    – Ending Point: Surjani Town
    – Total Distance it Travels: 21 km
    – Total Buses: 80
    – Total Stations: 22
    – Timing: 7:00 am to 10 pm
    – Ticket Price: Minimum fare is PKR 15, and the maximum fare is PKR 55
  5. For tourists, rideshare apps and taxis are generally the preferred choices due to their convenience and the ability to track your journey.

What weather should I expect and how should I be best prepared for it?

July is a hot and humid month in Karachi, with temperatures typically ranging from 28°C to 35°C (82°F to 95°F). The humidity can make it feel even warmer, and sporadic rainfall is possible as it coincides with the monsoon season.

Here’s how you should come prepared:

  1. Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Loose-fitting clothes are advisable to stay cool.
  2. Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s intense rays.
  3. Hydration: Carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water with electrolytes is advised. 
  4. Rain Gear: Include a lightweight raincoat or umbrella, as sudden showers can occur during the monsoon season.
  5. Comfortable Footwear: Opt for comfortable walking shoes, as you might need to walk considerable distances, especially at event venues.

Packing these essentials will help you stay comfortable and enjoy your time in Karachi during Ashara Mubarakah.

What are some of the online grocery options?

For online grocery shopping in Karachi, several reliable services offer convenience, variety, and competitive pricing. Here are some top options:

  1. Daraz: One of the largest online shopping platforms in Pakistan, Daraz offers a wide range of groceries, household items, and electronics. They often have deals and discounts available.
  2. Panda Mart: Operated by Foodpanda, Panda Mart offers grocery delivery within 30 minutes. It’s perfect for quick and immediate needs.
  3. Naheed Online: Naheed Supermarket’s online store provides a similar range as their physical locations, with the convenience of home delivery.
  4. HumMart: A dedicated online grocery store, HumMart offers everything from fresh produce to personal care products. It offers various payment options, including cash on delivery.
  5. Carrefour Pakistan: Carrefour offers online shopping through its website and app, with delivery and click-and-collect options.

These online services are particularly useful for getting groceries delivered to your doorstep, saving time and effort during your stay in Karachi.

Where can I get my currency exchanged from? Which currency is best advised to bring to Pakistan for the best rates?

In Karachi, you can exchange your foreign currency at various locations, including banks, dedicated currency exchange offices, and some hotels. However, it’s advisable to use authorized dealers or banks for the best rates and safety.

Best Places for Currency Exchange:

  1. Banks: Major banks like Habib Bank Limited (HBL), United Bank Limited (UBL), and MCB Bank are reliable options. They offer competitive exchange rates and are found throughout the city.
  2. Authorized Currency Exchange Companies: Firms like Wall Street Exchange, Dollar East, Ravi Exchange, and Khanani & Kalia offer dedicated foreign exchange services with often better rates than banks. Check out this website for more options.

Best Currency to Bring:

  • US Dollars (USD) and Euros (EUR) are Pakistan’s most widely accepted and easily exchanged currencies. Due to their widespread use and stability, they typically offer the best exchange rates.
  • British pounds (GBP) are also a good option, as they are widely accepted and easily exchanged.

It’s a good idea to exchange a small amount at the airport to cover immediate expenses and then look for a bank or currency exchange office in the city for better rates on larger amounts. Always have some local currency (Pakistani Rupees – PKR) for smaller purchases and everyday expenses.

Can I attend Waaz in Zones other than the ones allocated to me?`

Kindly attend waaz in the zone allocated to you for the best experience during Karachi Ashara 1446H.

What activities can I engage in after Ashara?

Please note that there will be a difference of a day or two in Misri dates and the Hijri calendar followed by Muslims in Pakistan. It is likely that the 9th and 10th of Moharram will be observed after our Ashara days are over. The city will be completely shut down during these days, so make sure you don’t plan any shopping or leisure trips on these days. Eateries are likely to be open in some parts of the city.