ABOUT GULSHAN-E-IQBAL KARACHI
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is a large urban residential area, situated on the eastern side of Karachi. More than a million people reside in this neighbourhood. People living here enjoy a central location in the city, with easy access to many shopping avenues, entertainment options and well-maintained parks.
Being close to Bahadurabad, Karsaz, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and KDA, the inhabitants of Gulshan-e-Iqbal have access to a multitude of amenities these neighboring localities provide. In addition, Jinnah International Airport is only a 20-minute drive away and Aga Khan University Hospital is about 7 km away. Gulshan-e-Iqbal has road-links with Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Rashid Minhas Road, National Stadium Road and University Road. There are a total of 19 blocks in the area.
AT A GLANCE
- Well-connected to the rest of the city through road networks
- Enjoys a prime, central location
- Famous parks and entertainment facilities available
- Well-planned area with a large number of schools, colleges and universities
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
If you live in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, there are multiple options available for commuting. People have their own cars or they hire Careem, Uber or pick-and-drop services. Gulshan-e-Iqbal also connects with the rest of the city through multiple bus stops like Expo Centre bus stop, Nipa Chowrangi bus stop, Sir Syed bus stop, Urdu University bus stop, Gulshan chowrangi bus stop, Essa Nagri bus stop, Hassan Square bus stop and Resham bus stop. Beautifully decorated buses, D-10, D-12, D-19, 17-I, 45-A, 51-C, F-18, G-10, G-27, G-9, G-8 and X-20, navigate through Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s bus stations.
Markets in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
For the convenience of the residents, there are many grocery stores and supermarkets located within the area. Metro Cash and Carry is a famous supermarket located near main University Road. Needz supermarket is a popular grocery store, situated in Block 16. It has two floors, comprising grocery items, crockery, cosmetics, toiletries and garments for children. People explore wallet-friendly options at Shazz supermarket, which is located in Block 17. It is a big departmental store, offering almost all things under one roof. Residents also go to some of the most popular grocery stores located in close vicinity like Imtiaz supermarket in Block-2, Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Mosques and Islamic Centres in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is known for various Islamic centres and mosques. Faizan-e-Madina, which is an international Islamic centre of Dawat-e-Islami is located in Block 2, while Jamia Abu Bakr Al-Islamia is in Block 5. Other notable institutes of Islamic learning are Jamia Sattaria Islamia, Jamia al Darasat-ul-Islamia, Jamia Arabia Ahsan-ul-Uloom, Ashraf-ul-Madaris, Jamia Yaqoobia and Jamia Imam Ibn-e-Timia. Not only congregational prayers take place five times a day, but marriage and funeral services are also provided by the Imam of the mosque. CP Berar masjid, Bait-ul-Mukarram masjid, Masjid-e-Quba, Masjid-e-Aqsa and Bilal masjid are famous in this regard.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
There are scores of well-reputed schools in the area, fostering a culture of academic learning, for years. Some notable examples in this regard include The City School, Happy Home High School, Dar-e-Arqam School and Happy Palace Grammar School. Other popular schools in the area are St. Gregory’s High school, Programmer Girls School, Vaila’s School for children with special needs, Leadership School and Mayfield School. There are several institutes of higher secondary education as well. Bahria Foundation College, Beaconhouse College and Hashmat Memorial College of Education are some of the most prominent intermediate colleges in Gulshan. There are renowned institutes of specialized education like Usman Institute of Technology, Aligarh Institute of Technology, Isra Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences and Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering. A few leading universities are also present in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, a top engineering university is located in Block 5, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. It offers academic programs for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies.
FUUAST — Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology — is a public university, located in Block 9. It has the distinction of being the first university in Pakistan for using Urdu as the official language of instruction and communication. Also, some of the country’s top-rated universities are also located nearby. The University of Karachi and NED University are only 3-4 km away. Habib University is in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, at a distance of only 7 km from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, while Aga Khan University, which is one of the best medical universities in the city, is on National Stadium Road, only a 13-minute drive away.
Banks in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
For the comfort and convenience of residents, branches of popular banks are present in the area. Some important names in this regard are Habib Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, Faysal Bank, UBL Bank, Meezan Bank, Soneri Bank and Habib Metro Bank.
Living in Karachi means one has to inevitably face the nationwide issue of load-shedding. Many people have purchased generators and installed UPS systems in their houses, to deal with power outages.
Clinics and Hospitals in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Inhabitants of Gulshan-e-Iqbal are blessed to have some of the best hospitals and clinics located here. Patel Hospital is a 250-bed hospital, providing in-patient and out-patient care through advanced medical technology and highly skilled medical professionals.
There is M. Rab Medical centre, providing one of the best and affordable medical services. Moreover, if you are looking for a quick remedy for any of your ailments, then Gulshan General Hospital and Rajput General Hospital are the places to go. There is T.O. Clinic, located in Block 6, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. It is famous for providing orthopedic trauma healthcare services.
PROPERTIES IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL KARACHI
Sale Price Trends in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Houses for Sale in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Gulshan-e-Iqbal offers a wide range of houses. You can find many 60 sq yd, 100 sq yd, 120 sq yd, 150 sq yd, 200 sq yd, 240 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd, 500 sq yd, 600 sq yd and 1000 sq yd units in the area. In list of top 20 most-searched locations for buying houses in Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal ranks third. The properties here are in high demand as the area is located in the centre of the city and is one of the most urbanized and highly populated localities of Karachi. The starting price for 120 sq yd houses is PKR 90 lakh and it can go as high as PKR 4.5 crore. For a 300 sq yd house, prices vary between PKR 3.65 crore and PKR 9.5 crore. When it comes to bigger houses of 600 sq yds, the price range is PKR 6 crore and PKR 24 crore.
Plots for Sale in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
One can find a variety of corner-facing, park-facing and west-open plots for sale in various blocks in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. There are 120 sq yd, 240 sq yd plots up for grabs. The asking price for 120 sq yd plots is PKR 75 lakh, which can go as high as PKR 1.1 crore. The sale price range for a 240 sq yd house is PKR 62 lakh and PKR 3 crore.
Flats for Sale in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
You will not be disappointed if you are looking for an apartment in Gulshan-e-Iqbal as the area has a wide range of options. A large number of studio, 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed flats are up for sale in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The starting price for studio apartments in Gulshan-e-Iqbal is PKR 15 lakh and it can go as high as PKR 2.3 crore. For a 2-bed flat for sale, prices tend to vary from PKR 20 lakh to PKR 1.25 crore. Prices for 3-bed flats can be anywhere between PKR 35 lakh and PKR 3.75 crore.
Rent Price Trends in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Houses for Rent in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Rental prices for houses depends upon a number of factors; the two most important being the exact location of the unit within a particular area and if it’s furnished or not. Gulshan-e-Iqbal is a popular location in Karachi especially when it comes to finding a space on rent. The rental price trends for 120 sq yd houses start from PKR 21 thousand per month, going up to PKR 75 thousand per month. For 240 sq yd houses, the monthly rent is PKR 45 thousand and PKR 6 lakh.
Flats for Rent in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
The rental price for apartments in Gulshan-e-Iqbal depends upon the facilities provided by the developers and also the number of bedrooms available. The price range for 2-bed apartments on rent is PKR 13 thousand and PKR 75 thousand per month. While, the price range for 3-bed luxury rental apartments on rent begins with PKR 20 thousand per month, which can go as high as PKR 70 lakh per month.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is rife with economic and business opportunities, which is why investors from across the city are keen on buying offices and shops here. There are offices also available on rent in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 2, 5 and 6, providing business-grade amenities to tenants, as well as furnished offices at affordable rentals.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Gulshan-e-Iqbal has many shopping centres that cater to people hailing from all sorts of socioeconomic backgrounds. Those with a limited budget can visit RJ Shopping Mall, Grace Tower, Rim Jhim Mall, BB Shopping Mall and City Vision Shopping Mall. Residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal also have access to Lucky One Mall, which is only an 8-minute drive away, on Rashid Minhas road. Built on modern lines, it is home to many high-end international brands. It has a wonderland for kids that offers exciting rides and a food court. People residing in Gulshan-e-Iqbal also go to Millennium Mall. Only a 10-minute drive away, it is a mall that has many outlets, where you can shop for casual and party wear dresses, which are available at reasonable rates
Restaurants and Bakeries in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
In Gulshan-e-Iqbal, there are a number of restaurants in Block 4. Nosh Grill, Kebabistan, Al Haj Pakwan Center and Shaikh’s Grill present succulent kebabs, while Bumzee’s and Burger o’ Clock offer a huge variety of appetizing burgers.
Ginsoy is a restaurant that offers Chinese cuisine. Located in Block 13, on main University Road, is Usmania restaurant. It manages to lure a large crowd on weekends due to its tempting cuisine and famously hospitable staff.
California Pizza, Pizza Hut and Subway are popular fast food joints in the area. People from far off places visit Disco bakery, United King bakery and Continental bakers to get fresh cakes, snacks and other refreshment items.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
People residing in Gulshan-e-Iqbal have access to National Hockey Club, where the hockey pitch and the astro turf are well-maintained. Regular matches are held here. Lying adjacent to the club is Karachi Hockey Association (KHA), which trains hockey players under the guidance and mentorship of Olympian, Hanif Khan. There is a sports complex in Block 11 and multiple cricket and football grounds across Gulshan-e-Iqbal. KDA football ground is situated in Block 17, while Madhu Muhammaden Football Ground and Club is located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal near University Road. One of the best places in the city for sports-lovers is the National Coaching Center Football and Hockey Fields. It is located on Aga Khan University Road, only a 10-minute drive away from Gulshan-e-Iqbal. It has well-maintained badminton, squash, tennis courts and a running track built according to international standards. People playing for national sports teams also train here. Another popular place for athletes and sports enthusiasts is Iftikhar Syed Sports Park in Block 6. It offers various indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Gulshan-e-Iqbal is in close proximity to National Stadium of Karachi, where Pakistan Super League matches and other international matches are held. Gulshan-e-Iqbal is a dream place for health enthusiasts as you can register yourself in any of the many gyms located in the area. There is Fitness Empire, Body Shape Gym, Excellence Gym and Slimmer’s Club, which provide physical trainers, who suggest diet plans as well as a workout routine. People also jog at the running tracks to stay in shape.
Salons and Spas in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Whether you want to get dolled up for weddings or take a full-service package, you will find a number of beauty salons in Gulshan-e-Iqbal can do the trick. Depilex Beauty Clinic in Block 5, gives you a one-stop solution for all your beauty needs. One can find a bunch of beauty salons in Block 3 as well. Beauty parlours like Mahrose, Rose, Najla’s, Beauty Lounge and Illusion Salon by Asma Nadeem provide not only rejuvenating facial and massages, but these places are also famous for bridal-makeup and hair-style.
Parks and Kid's Entertainment in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi
Aziz Bhatti Park is the biggest park in the area. Spread over 37 acres of land, located in Block 10 near Federal Urdu University, it is a popular place among fitness enthusiasts, who come here early in the morning for jogging and workout sessions. There are numerous parks in other blocks. Arif Hussain Shaheed Mini Zoo Park, which was previously known as Mehmud Ghaznavi Park, is located in the heart of Block 16. It serves as an oasis in the midst of a concrete jungle. The park has swings, token-rides, a jogging track and an aviary as well.
For family outings, Aladin Amusement Park provides entertainment and fun rides for kids. Safari Park is a popular attraction among children as it offers a safari bus tour, during which children get to see different animals in their natural habitat. It also has Go-Aish, which is a theme park for youngsters. It offers activities like ropes course, indoor climbing, paint-balling, quad biking and mini golf sections. Highly entertaining, and affordable, Sindbad Wonderland, located near Rashid Minhas Road, has rides like log slide and dragon coaster. There’s also PIA Planetarium in Block 15 that contains a sky-shaped dome and often organizes a special show on stars and galaxies.
Situated in the heart of the city, Gulshan-e-Iqbal has access to many important locations. For example, AKUH, a renowned hospital, can be reached within 15-18 minutes, while University of Karachi and NED University are a 10-minute drive away. Jinnah International Airport is also located in close proximity to Gulshan-e-Iqbal — at a short distance of 12 km.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
People residing in Gulshan-e-Iqbal enjoy convenient living. However, due to the fact that a lot of people live in this area, the roads here get congested during peak hours. Also, due to the presence of Imtiaz supermarket, Chase supermarket and Aladin amusement park, the residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal face traffic jams almost on a daily basis and commuters are stranded in a gridlock for hours.
Importance of Gulshan-e-Iqbal from major locations nearby
- Just 12 km away from Jinnah International Airport
- Road-links to Abul Hassan Isphani Road, Main Rashid Minhas Road, National Stadium Road and University Road
- Only a 13-minute drive away from Gulistan-e-Jauhar
- AKUH is an 18-minute drive away