|The Duo of Farrukh and Tanveer arranged the whole crazy road trip; Thanks Gyus!|
From Karachi, it is a 500 km drive (via Mirpur Khas) one way, all paved; a significant part of which traverses through the desert. Nagarparkar pierces into the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujrat along the rather deserted section of Pakistan-India border.
Luckily, the weather was relatively pleasant in the desert and gave me the liberty to absorb the vastness of the desert from the roof of the coaster along with the much needed Vitamin D!
|Reaching the Naukot Fort - where the Thar Desert starts from|
|Front Bartizan(?) of the fort which was built in 1814 AD by the Talpurs|
|Vastness of the Thar Desert from the roof of the Naukot Fort|
|Inside of the Naukot Fort was mostly empty|
|The other end of this tunnel opens up in Delhi -:P|
"El Niño", Zubair - one of the aware trip members - screamed when we were discussing about life in the desert.
But those rains should have also brought some sort of sustainability in the life of the locals - as occasional green patches in the desert could be seen from the roof.
Throughout the route we kept on seeing cattle herds of the typical gray colored Thari cows with stylish horns. And being a Hindu Goddess these cows enjoy special treatment around Thar.
|Abdul Qadir was too excited as it was his first time in the desert!|
|2013 Dane Dune Summit Challenge starts now!|
|And obviously I was the first to make it to the top :-P|
|Reaching Mithi - the capital of Tharparkar District|
|View of Mithi town from the surrounding sand dune - Gadi Bhit|
|A hotel in Mithi city where we had karak chia (tea) with paratha|
|Holy Cow: no one can disturb the Goddess even at a traffic intersection|
|A village in Thar between Mithi and Nagarparkar|
|Moon is shining over a typical Thari Igloo-like House|
|Life in Thar: Innocent and Colorful|
|A sunset in Thar|
|Snakes are a part of normal life in Thar|
Next morning while the breakfast had to arrive I thought to have a quick walk around the town:
|Nagarparkar or Nangarparkar?|
|Karoonjhar Hills surround the town of Nagarparkar|
|Kekra: WW-II trucks can still be seen around Thar and Nagarparkar|
|As compared to Thar, water can be found easily in Nagarparkar|
|After a day's of donkey work!|
|An abandoned temple in Nagarparkar|
|This looks like a temple specific for the market?|
|Nagarparkar bazaar from the roof of the coaster|
|After the breakfast, we headed to Kasbo village, very close to the Indian border|
|It was India's good luck that our coaster got stuck up in the sand|
|Surprisingly, Kasbo was well irrigated thanks to the water from the jabal - i.e. Karoonjhar Hills|
|Onion is the most lucrative crop around Kasbo, Nagarparkar|
|Hard sell: a Punjabi salesman selling bedsteads in the desert|
|We enjoyed the bull race while the coaster was still stuck up|
|Guys had lost all their energy in the desert :-P|
|Another herd :-P|
|Ultimately, Farrukh called the Desert Rescue Service!|
|Nagarparkar is also famous for its Jain temples|
|This picturesque Jain temple is located right in the Nagarparkar town|
|Intricately designed entrance of Nagarparkar's Jain Temple|
|Wall drawing of an elephant in Nagarparkar's Jain Temple|
|After an eventful journey, we returned back to Karachi ~5am Monday morning!|
So it had been a nice explore indeed, however, I would have liked to spend more time to see the life more closely. Next time, when I will visit Thar inshallah, I would like to have local food along with attending a local festival.
In fact, I feel that the above post does not describe the adventure fully so you may expect a few more posts in the coming days covering some of the above described sights, most importantly the Jain temple, in more detail, inashallah.