Karachi Vs Lahore – Which One is Better?

Karachi Vs Lahore – Which One is Better?  This is a question people ask all the time.

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Karachi and Lahore are the two most famous cities in Pakistan. Both are known for their rich culture and amazing hospitality. Karachi is popular for being an economic hub, whereas Lahore is popular for its amazing heritage and beautiful architectural buildings. Both cities have their importance and are unique in their way.

Let’s look at the basic factors of both Karachi and Lahore.



Karachi city

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Karachi, the city of lights, is the 8th most popular city in the world. There are several reasons for this. Its history, culture, fashion, trade, entertainment, and investment are some factors that contribute to it. The city is super busy compared to any other city in Pakistan. 

If you plan to go somewhere, you must leave an hour before because Karachi has always witnessed immense traffic. While traveling in Karachi, you will notice that the city is full of energy, warmth, and enthusiasm. Residents of Karachi are diverse in cultures, ethnicities and religions. All these aspects add to the diversity, versatility, and uniqueness of the city of lights – Karachi.


City Size and Population of Karachi

The metropolitan city has a population of more than 23 million and a population density of almost 24,000 per square kilometre. This makes it clear that Karachi is denser than any other city of the urban population in Pakistan. This is why Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan.


Demographics of Karachi

It is believed that almost 90% of Karachi’s population are migrants from various backgrounds. For many Gujarati Muslims, Karachi has historically been a home. Gujarati Muslim communities include Chhipa, Memon, Khoja, Ghanchi, and Tai.

Many non-Muslims left Karachi for India after the 1950s. Therefore, some small communities of Parsis, Anglo-Indians, and Goan Catholics are still present in Karachi. Muhajirs in Karachi are large in number, almost 50% of the population, and they include Gujarati, Rajasthani, and Malabari Muslims. 

After Muhajirs, the second largest group in Karachi is the Pashtuns, 25% whom hail from Balochistan and Afghanistan.


Growth in Karachi’s Population

Karachi is growing at a rate of around 5% per year. Almost 45,000 migrant workers come to Karachi from all over Pakistan every month. Rapid growth in the city’s population is expected to make it the seventh-largest city in the world by 2030.


Weather of Karachi

Summers in Karachi are very hot, arid, windy, and oppressive, whereas winters are short, dry and more comfortable than summers. The temperature in Karachi varies from 55 F to 94F. It is above 100F and below 49F.


Transport of Karachi

For shorter routes, people use rickshaws or taxis; for longer routes, they prefer buses, which are far cheaper than any other mode of transport.


Places to visit in Karachi

Here is a list of some of the most famous places to visit in Karachi.

The Beach

Going to the beach has never been a regret! We always enjoy ourselves and spend hours and hours at the beach without realizing the time. Karachi is famous for its beautiful beaches. Tourists from Pakistan always visit the beach during their stay in Karachi. Sea View Beach is the closest to the city, and no matter what the time is, it has always been crowded.


Winter Land

For the people of Karachi, Winterland is a huge bliss! Because of the hot weather in Karachi, people don’t experience rain and winds for a long time. Winter land is a place to experience when you feel like having fun and getting winter vibes. The place offers several fun activities, such as bumper cars and slides.


Mohatta Palace

To experience Indo-Saracenic architecture, Mohatta Palace is the place to visit in Karachi. In 1927, it was built as the home of Shivratan Mohatta. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. The palace contains a secret passage, a 1km path underground, and leads to a Hindu temple. In this palace, you will also find various displays of British culture from the subcontinent.


 Frere Hall

To experience Karachi’s British colonial history, one must visit Frere Hall, a Venetian gothic building. Frere Hall is Karachi’s most iconic place, with a beautiful mural painted by one of Pakistan’s most revered artists, Sadequain Naqqash.


Empress Market

Named after Queen Victoria, the Empress market has been in operation for years. From groceries, spices, seafood to some fun activities in Karachi, the empress market has been a popular place. It is one of the busiest places in Karachi for shopping.


Food culture in Karachi

Karachi is famous for its food. Here is a list of restaurants in Karachi that are known for their delicious cuisine.

  • Behari tikka at Meerath Kabab House
  • Dum Biryani from Gol Market, Nazimabad
  • Fish by Yadgar
  • Katakat and Brain Masala from Noorani at Do Darya
  • Beef fry kabab at Burns Road by Waheed
  • Javed Nihari (dastagir, F.B.Area
  • Nihari by Ghaffar Kabab House
  • Afghani Boti at Al-Asif
  • Afghani Pulao by Al-harmain
  • Peshawari chapli kabab by A-one(Shah Faisal)
  • Balochi tikka from Madina 2, Superhighway
  • Karahi by anwar baloch (Malir)
  • Kali Mirch Chargha by Cafe Laziz
  • Hunter beef burger from Hanifa
  • Super bun kabab at Pakistan Chowk
  • Cheeseburger by Khan Broast, Near Waterpump


Universities in Karachi

With a literacy rate of 65.26%, Karachi has some of the best universities in Pakistan. There are almost more than 50 colleges and universities located in the capital of Sindh. The categories of colleges and universities include science, arts, and commerce.

Top universities in Karachi include:

  • The Jinnah University for Women, located in Karachi, is the pioneer university for women in Pakistan
  • The University of Karachi is the largest in Pakistan and has the biggest faculty.
  • NED University of Engineering and Technology is Pakistan’s oldest engineering institute located in Karachi.
  • The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, NUCES-FAST, is recognized as one of the top universities in Pakistan. It has two branches in Karachi.




beautiful view of lahore city with badshahi mosque


In the debate of Karachi Vs Lahore, we have discussed Karachi so far. Let’s find out about Lahore now.

Many travellers in Pakistan start their adventures from Lahore, the heart of Pakistan. The city is known for its vibrant, hospitable, and joyful atmosphere. But we cannot forget Lahore’s scrumptious food, which you cannot find in any other city in Pakistan. Lahore has great importance when it comes to geography and culture. There are a lot of fun places in Lahore that you and your family can visit.

Colonial and Mughal dynasty eras can be witnessed all over the city, with several beautiful historical buildings. Because of Lahore’s fantastic taste, it is also known as the food capital. Several places can be visited in Lahore to experience the beautiful architecture of the walled city. Rich in history and tradition, Lahore has experienced three eras: Mughal, British, and modern.


City Size and Population

The city’s current population is 7 million, and its boundaries are 1772 kilometers. Due to its growing population, the city has expanded in the past 14 years. Because of this, it remains the 42nd most populated city in the world. The city has nearly 63000 residents per square kilometre.


Population Growth in Lahore

With a population above 11 million, experts thought Lahore would become a central megacity by 2025, but it already has. With an increase in Lahore’s population, it is expected to become the largest city by 2050, with almost 42.46 million people.


Weather of Lahore

The hottest month in Lahore is June, with an average high of 102F and a low of 83F. Winters last for almost 2.5 to 3 months, with an average low of 47F and a high of 66F.


Transport of Lahore

The modes of transport used in Lahore comprise buses, rickshaws, taxis, and metro services. Two major providers of bus services are Lahore Transport Company and Punjab Mass Transit Authority.


Places to visit in Lahore – Karachi Vs Lahore

Here is a list of places to visit in Lahore.


Badshahi Mosque

Located in Lahore constructed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Badshahi Mosque is the largest mosque of the Mughal era. It is one of Pakistan’s most iconic sights that people all over the country love to visit. It is known as the crown jewel of Lahore with a large courtyard that can comprise almost 10,000 people.


Fort Road Food Street

 Fort Road Food Street has some of the best restaurants in Lahore. The food street has beautiful and colourful buildings with rooftop restaurants for citizens to enjoy the view. There are both desi and continental restaurants with amazing food quality.


Delhi Gate Market

The old city of Lahore had almost 13 gates. When the British conquered the region, all of these were destroyed. However, 6 out of 13 were rebuilt, and Delhi gate is one of them. The entrance leads to a busy market filled with lots of happenings and life. It’s a great place to visit if you want to have a look at the local life of Lahore.


Anarkali Bazaar

Anarkali bazaar is divided into old and new. During your visit, you will find many traditional foods, clothes, jewellery, and handicrafts. Walking in Anarkali bazaar has always been interesting for people; even if you don’t want to buy anything, a walk at Anarkali bazaar is also enough to enjoy the locality.


Shalimar garden

Visiting a Shalimar garden is one of the most relaxing things that the people of Lahore tend to do. It is a great option if you want to spend time with your family. There is a beautiful fountain with colorful flowers to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for visitors.


Universities in Lahore

With a literacy rate of 64%, Lahore is considered to be a primary education hub of Pakistan with some top universities. Almost 40 licensed universities offer degrees in business, science, humanities and engineering.

The University of Punjab, Government College University, and Forman Christian College are Pakistan’s oldest universities. The recently established University of Lahore is a private university that offers programs in medical sciences, health sciences, biology, and engineering.


A Summary of Karachi Vs Lahore


City Size & PopulationLargest city in Pakistan, over 23 million people, density of ~24,000/sq km2nd largest city, population over 11 million, density of ~63,000/sq km
DemographicsDiverse, 90% migrants, significant Muhajir and Pashtun communitiesPrimarily Punjabi, diverse but less so compared to Karachi
Population GrowthGrowing at 5% per year, projected to be 7th largest city in the world by 2030Rapid growth, expected to be largest city in Pakistan by 2050
WeatherHot, arid summers; short, dry winters, temperature range 55F to 94FHot summers with an average high of 102F; winters averaging 47F to 66F
TransportRickshaws, taxis for short routes, buses for longer routesBuses, rickshaws, taxis, and metro services
Historical SitesMohatta Palace, Frere Hall, Empress MarketBadshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Delhi Gate Market, Anarkali Bazaar
Recreational PlacesSea view beach, Winter LandFort Road Food Street, Shalimar Garden
Food CultureRenowned for diverse cuisine including Behari tikka, Dum Biryani, Nihari, Afghani BotiFamous for desi and continental food, Fort Road Food Street
UniversitiesUniversity of Karachi, NED University, Jinnah University for Women, NUCES-FASTUniversity of Punjab, Government College University, Forman Christian College
Unique FeaturesEconomic hub, bustling energy, cultural diversity, largest cityRich historical architecture, vibrant and hospitable atmosphere, food capital


Conclusion of Karachi Vs Lahore

This was all about Karachi Vs Lahore. Both Lahore and Karachi are unique in their way. The cities are of great importance to Pakistan: Lahore because of its historical architecture and Karachi because of its vastness. In this blog, Graana.com has listed the stand-out features of both cities.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!


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