Thar (Sindh, Pakistan) [Images visible now]

riz_satriz_sat .Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins
edited January 18, 2017 in Journeys

Hello everyone,
I hope you all are doing good. I would like to share the photos that I took on my journey to a place called Thar. Although I made this journey in 2014 but I edited these photos in 2015 & 2016 on Adobe Photoshop.

Thar is a stretch of India's Rajasthan desert which is now part of Pakistan's Sindh province. It is located in the southeast region of the province and it is perhaps the only district in Pakistan where the Muslims are in minority and the Hindus in the majority.

So here in this thread, I would like to share the photos that I took in Thar during my two days trip in December 2014. This trip was specially organized by a group of photographers who frequently travel around the country.

We set off from Karachi before 12:00 am. Thar is not very well connected by railway lines (Although a train service was started between India & Pakistan via Thar but it has been stopped) nor is there any airport in Thar. Hence, the only feasible option left is by road. A branch of the National Highway links Thar with other districts of Sindh. The road in many parts was bumpy and required proper carpeting. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of it because we were traveling at night and the National Highway which leads to Thar is not flanked by any lighting poles so one has to drive in the pitch darkness of night. However, we made our first stop in Thar when a tire of our bus got stuck in the desert sand which had accumulated over the road by the desert wind.

The full moon was shining with all its might over the desert unlike in cities where the moon usually gets obscured by the city lights and colossal buildings. It took us quite some time to push our vehicle out of the sand and by that time the moon was already beginning to set and a new day was about to start. There I got to see the most mesmerizing sunrise over the desert and after some time we resumed our journey toward Mithi, the district capital, and the largest city of Thar district for breakfast and refreshment.

The current government has built very nice roads in the Tharparkar & developmental work was still in progress.

We had our breakfast at a government owned guest house and a troupe of talented local musicians who perform in the ensemble was hired for a little concert. Later on, we decided to have their show atop the highest point in the city called Gaadi Bhit from where one gets to have a complete view of Mithi.

Once when we were through their splendid performance, we left for other parts of Thar district. Our first stop was a village outside the city of Mithi. The village had typical houses which are a specialty of Thar. These houses are constructed in a circular fashion and covered over with a thatched roof with no door.

Tragically near about every household in this village had a bedridden person. The village was located on a barren piece of land and it is allegedly been said that the lack of rainfalls and continuous consumption of contaminated groundwater has slowly and gradually resulted in this pestilence which cripples their legs. The villagers told us that this disease was never seen before and perhaps the constituents of groundwater changed after the earthquake of 2001 which badly affected the nearby Indian state of Gujrat. We made a stop at that village because some photographers wanted to deliver aid to the villagers.

After that, we left for Islamkot, a small town which is located near the Indian border. We had our lunch at Islamkot rather late in the evening and we resumed our journey toward Nagarparker, a very small town located at the Indian border. We directly went to a plateau over the mountain of Karonjhar and also got to see India for the first time but due to security issues, we were not allowed to take photos there. Over the plateau of Karonjar, another troupe of highly talented local musicians was also arranged for an open air concert.

Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the vocalist but I am compelled to say that this ensemble performed beautifully under the starry desert night and later on I got to know that the vocalist was a blind man. By that time, I was suffering from a terrible stomachache and it had begin to take a toll on me so much so that I finally had to resort to my bus for rest and missed out night time desert trekking which my other group mates fully enjoyed and I also missed out a Hindu temple which was somewhere deep in the mountain range and somewhere very close to the Indian border. I remember I was only woken up for dinner and then we spent a night at a government owned guesthouse which was located a few miles away.

Rizwan Sattar :)
''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad

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  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 18, 2017

    Next day, a tragedy before we left for the Jain temples which were constructed long ago, i.e. my best buddy 18-55mm fell on the ground and slightly got damaged hence, there is some distortion in below pictures. The Jains are almost non-existent in Pakistan and the temples were sadly in a very dilapidated condition. We had to make a very long walk to reach these temples and cross a rainwater reservoir at the foot of Kanronjhar mountains which to my surprise was heavily dried up because during those days Thar was receiving very little rainfall and there was famine in the district too. Consequently, the cattle in that region were also somewhat emaciated.

    It is very interesting to know that perhaps Thar is the only fertile desert and most of the place turns green after a few rainfalls in series.

    This was the last leg of my journey after that we got on to leave for Karachi and got to capture some interesting photos.

    A note which I would like to make here for typical Thari ladies called Kohli ladies. They are very camera shy and do not interact with the outsiders which obviously particularly include the males who are not related to them. These ladies wear bangles at full-length of their arms are married women and most of them have their faces covered.

    The bulk of people who reside outside Mithi don't have gas connections and they rely on dry wood to cook their food.

    In the end, I would like to say that of all places I have been to thus far, Tharparkar occupies a special place in my heart. I will visit this beautiful land once again and visit those places which I missed out.

    Thank you for viewing.

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    I wonder why images aren't appearing but URLs :|

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,033Registered Users Major grins

    Try clicking the page icon to the upper right

    Then paste the image url where it's requested then hit enter

    Rags
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @torags said:
    Try clicking the page icon to the upper right

    Then paste the image url where it's requested then hit enter

    Thank you for your help :)

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,644Administrators moderator

    Beautiful photos. That read as an epic and strenuous adventure that you all had. Sorry to hear of your friend's injury. I hope he recovered OK.

    Side note: Thank you for writing up the thoughtful stories behind all the numerous photos. That's what the Journeys sub-forum is all about!

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  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,033Registered Users Major grins

    Well done Rizwan

    Nice conversions, well composed... good work

    Rags
  • Awais YaqubAwais Yaqub One Inspired soul Posts: 10,485Registered Users Major grins

    Great set, what a place would love to go there again with you :smile:

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,851Registered Users Major grins

    Gorgeous trip, stories and documentary photos!

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  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Posts: 234Registered Users Major grins

    Wonderful images of a beautiful country, people and part of the world.
    I'd too love to get back to Pakistan, the first time was too short and I could not venture to far out into the more remote and out-of-the-way places within the country as I had wanted.

    Your narratives help greatly to put your travels and the accompanying images into greater perspective and lend a deeper insight into your experiences during this trip. Thank you for being so detailed and for including images taken with a "practiced eye" and demonstrating a more personal touch.

  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @David_S85 said:
    Beautiful photos. That read as an epic and strenuous adventure that you all had. Sorry to hear of your friend's injury. I hope he recovered OK.

    Side note: Thank you for writing up the thoughtful stories behind all the numerous photos. That's what the Journeys sub-forum is all about!

    Thank you. Well my poor fella isn't well still so I will get another one!

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @torags said:
    Well done Rizwan

    Nice conversions, well composed... good work

    Thank you so much :smile:

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @Awais Yaqub said:
    Great set, what a place would love to go there again with you :smile:

    Thank you Awais bhai :smile: your appreciation means a lot. Sure, you're most welcome :smile:

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @travelways said:

    Gorgeous trip, stories and documentary photos!

    Thank you so much :smile:

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • riz_satriz_sat . Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins

    @El Gato said:
    Wonderful images of a beautiful country, people and part of the world.
    I'd too love to get back to Pakistan, the first time was too short and I could not venture to far out into the more remote and out-of-the-way places within the country as I had wanted.

    Your narratives help greatly to put your travels and the accompanying images into greater perspective and lend a deeper insight into your experiences during this trip. Thank you for being so detailed and for including images taken with a "practiced eye" and demonstrating a more personal touch.

    Thank you so much for your reply. Which cities did you visit on your first visit to Pakistan?

    Rizwan Sattar :)
    ''Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours
    rainbows brighten your very dust'' Jagan Nath Azad
  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Posts: 234Registered Users Major grins

    Rizwan....

    I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Murree. Look forward to the opportunity to return and visit additional areas. I would someday love to go to Gilgit and be able to spend some time there just meeting the people, listening to their stories of the area, wandering the hillside and valleys...maybe some day.

    Thank you again for posting your images!

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