|Indian Border Fence Overlooking the Rann of Kutch near Nagarparkar, Thar Desert|
The Great Rann of Kutch
Also called White Desert, the Great Rann of Kucth, a huge saline marshland mostly located in India, is said to be world's largest salt desert. It stretches between the mouth of River Indus, in Pakistan, to the Gulf of Kutch (Arabian Sea), in India.
Nagarparkar is at the confluence of Rann of Kutch and Thar Desert, which is also called the Great Indian Desert.
|A View from Choorio Temple Top, Confluence of Thar Desert on Pakistan Side and Rann of Kutch marshalnds on the Indian Side|
|Feel of the Desert, Between Badin and Mithi, Thar, Sindh|
(Above timings are approximate)
|Started the Journey Early Morning: Sunrise at Karachi-Makli Section of National Highway|
|Breakfast Break at a Roadside "Quetta" Hotel After Crossing Sajawal Bypass|
|Finding a Clean Toilet, Even if Basic, is a Major Challenge while Travelling around Pakistan|
|A Rundown Sunflower Field Near Badin|
|Thar Desert Starts No:w Badin-Mithi Road, Tharparkar, Sindh|
|Police Check-post at Tharparkar Entrance|
|Probably Some Kind of Desi Coal Processing (?) at Tharparkar Entrance|
|Heading Straight Towards Mithi Instead of Going via Diplo in the South|
|Junction Connecting Naukut and Badin to Mithi Road|
|Nagarparkar's Kanjhoro Hills Around Sunset|
|Hired 4x4 from Ramesh (Recommended) to visit India-Pakistan border at Choorio Village, 40km from Nagarparkar, Phone: 03412267900, Rate: Rs. 3000-4000 Round Trip|
|Uphill Jog Maya Mandir Entrance, Choorio Village at Pakistan India Border, 40km from Nagarparkar|
|Lions at the Entrance of Jog Maya Mandir Choorio Village at Pakistan India Border, 40km from Nagarparkar, 500km from Karachi|
|Lion Statue with Pigeons at Jog Maya Mandir, Thar Desert|
|Water, Sacred (spelling intended) Resource around Thar Desert, at Mandir Jog Maya, Goth Choorio|
|Relaxing at Mandir Top Overlooking Rann of Kutch on the Indian Side (Far End Near the Horizon)|
|Water Pumping Motor at Jog Maya Mandir|
|Group of Local Kids at Choorio Village, Nagarparkar, Thar Desert|
|Government Boys Primary School (Main), Nagarparkar Town|
|Thar's Development Story: A Journey from Obsolete Kekra to Modern Chingchi (Sarcasm Intended)|
|Street Food: Seasonal Carrot Halwa at Nagarparkar Bazaar (I Couldn't Dare It!)|
|Street Food: Had Tea from this Nagarparkar Bazaar Roadside Hindu Vendor, Who Reconfirmed If We Were Fine Having His Tea Being Muslims|
|While Driving on Thar Roads, Please be Watchful of Cattle - Goats, Sheep, Cows, and Camels.|
After crossing Engor Morr, the road towards Nagarparkar, another 80km, gets worse, with potholes and withered sides, making it not only uncomfortable but also risky to drive. Hope this part of the indigenous local population will also get some fruits of development in the near future.
Overall, it was a good driving experience and took 9 hours, in total, one way. with a couple of extended stops. On the return, it took around 8 hours due to brief stops, which is conveniently and safely doable without over-speeding.
Nagarparkar to India-Pakistan Border (Choorio Village)
The visit to India-Pakistan border till Jog Maya Mandir at Choorio Village is possible through 4x4, which can be hired from Nagarparkar Bazaar. We went with Ramesh,03412267900 and paid him Rs. 3,000. Recommended. It was one and a half hour tough ride, as compared to Karachi-Nagarparkar pleasant drive. It can get really hot during the day so keeping drinking water, which is scarce there, will be wise. Round trip will cost around Rs. 3000-4000.
Drinking Water: Keeping water for a desert trip cannot be overemphasized. Although we also tried the enroute water wells for experience.
Weather: November to March is the preferred season to visit Thar keeping in view the harsh climate in summers. It was perfect weather when we visited (February 2019) with cold breeze and pleasantly warm around noon.
It was my third Thar visit and second journey to Nagarparkar. Below are the reports from earlier trips:
Nagarparkar First Visit (March 2013): http://mozumbus.blogspot.com/2013/03/karachi-nagarparkar-road-trip-thar.html
Umerkot (November 2011): http://mozumbus.blogspot.com/2011/11/peek-in-thar-desert-two-days-in-umerkot.html