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The Story Of Thar

A journey to the Thar desert in the Sindh province reveals hidden historical and cultural gems, waiting to be discovered. The desertís harsh temperatures contrasts the soft, welcoming side of the Thar people. It is a fitting juxtaposition; yet Man and nature have supported each other through the years, amidst this contrast.


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rickshaw pierces the desert landscape with its glaring colours and decorations.

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Sunflower fields along the way to Thar are used mainly to harvest the seeds to be made into sunflower oil.

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A Thari woman in her striking sari, arms filled to the shoulders with bangles, sitting in the shade of a building along the streets of Islamkot.

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An old lady with her granddaughter begging for money in the streets of Nangar Parkar.

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A Thari woman going back to her village with the water from the well. Women generally need walk long distances to collect water from wells in water-scarce Thar. While men go to the main towns for work, the women stay in the villages to take care of farming chores.

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Children playing in their neighbourhood of thatched roof huts among the sand dunes in Mithi.

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A policeman taking a respite from the desert heat while following foreigners around during their visit to Thar. Security is tight in the area as it borders India.

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Cows are commonly seen in the Hindu-majority towns of Thar. Tharís Hindus and Muslims looked after each other during the time of the partition and continue to live peacefully with each other to this day.

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The Gori temple, probably brought from Gujarat, dates back to 1376 AD and was built during the height of the Jain empire in the region.

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An ancient, abandoned Jain temple lying in the middle of the Thar desert. No one knows how old the temple is as there are no official records in history.

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Cacti thriving in the Thar desert contrast themselves against the browns of the desert sand. The past two years have seen extra amount of rain falling over the desert, giving rise to more greenery than usual.

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Thirty kilometers away from this road lies the Indian state of Gujarat. Thar shares similar cultural characteristics to the neighbouring Indian desert states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

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The beginnings of the sunset in Thar.

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The sun setting beneath Tharís sand dunes, signaling the arrival of the chilly desert night.

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The town of Mithi comes alive at night with glowing lights against the night desert sky.
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