"Tharparkar" Pat Thar by Makart

Pat Thar Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 19 photos

Name, Location, Bounda

The district derives its name from Thar and Parkar. The name Thar is from Thul, the general term for the region sand ridges and Parkar literary means "to cross over". It was earlier known as Thar and Parkar district, but later became one word Tharparkar. Until 1990, the present district of Tharparkar, Umerkot and Mirpur Khas comprised one district with Mirpur Khas its headquarters.

The district lies between 24 10' to 2545' north latitudes and 69' 04' to 7106' east longitude. It is bounded on the north by Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts, on east by Barmer and Jaisselmir districts of India, on west by district Badin and on south by Rann of Kutch. The total area of the district is 19,638. square kilometers.
Physical Features/Topography
The Thar region forms part of the bigger desert of the same name that sprawls over a vast area of Pakistan and India from Cholistan to Nagar Parkar in Pakistan and from the south of Haryana down to Rajisthan in India.

The district is mostly desert and consist of barren tracts of sand dunes covered with thorny bushes. The ridges are irregular and roughly parallel, that they often enclosed sheltered valleys, above which they rise to a height of some forty six meters. These valleys are moist enough to admit cultivation and when not cultivated they yield luxuriant crops of rank grass. But the extraordinary salinity of the subsoil and consequent shortage of potable water, renders many tracts quite uninhabitable. In many of the valleys the subsoil water collects and forms large and picturesque salt lakes, which rarely dry up. (Wikipedia)


In Umerkot I had spent one night. People of Umerkot I have found most hospitile and loving the small city rich of culture, colorful dresses and ancient history.

Let me describe about Umerkot
Umerkot is town in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is also referred to as Amar Kot as per old histories, "Amar Kot Itehas" by Tej Singh Solanki, being most notable. Once, it has been Capital of Greater Sindh Province (including some parts of present Rajisthan state of India). It also got prominent during the time of the Mughals and during the British Raj. The great Mughal king Akbar was born in Umarkot when his father Humayun lost the battle against Sher Shah Suri and was on the run. Akbar later became the King of India and was a popular figure with both Hindus and Muslims. Umarkot has many sites of historical significance such as Akbar's birthplace and Umarkot Fort. An other significant storey is Umar Marvi. Marvi was a young Thari girl abducted by Umar-the then Ruler because of her beauty and wanted to marry her but upon her refusal he kept her in prison in the historic Umerkot Fort for many years and finally end up releasing her. Because of her brave behaviour Marvi is an ideal for the local people. The city is well connected with the other large cities like Karachi, the provincial capital and Hyderabad. (Wikipedia)

A small village in Thar

In this area you will find number of small villages like this. Each village is comprised of one tribe.

Pros and Cons
  • In a nutshell:This was one of my tremendous experiences. This is the west of Pakistan where there is desert and I have also been northern area where is snow. This so wonderful to see the desert and snow in small country at once.
  • Last visit to Pat Thar: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    Very interesting tips. Especially the Sati-Pratha. I can see how the colors used by the people in the colorless land have inspired your art work. Beautiful and inspirational. Hope your birthday is full of friends and laughter.

  • SanguiniA's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 5:20 AM

    Very interesting subject for your painting, I can clearly see where the inspiration came from :-)

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 10:48 PM

    Not sure if I will get on that local transport truck. Looks very dangerous ;-)

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 1:29 AM

    Oh, you found out....tsk,tsk...and I wanted to remain anonymous...take care!

  • irishgalmtl's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2006 at 9:35 PM

    Well hello there Mak, you are very welcome for your bd wishes I'm glad you enjoyed It. You have some beautiful paintings. Thank you for your tips..Donna :o)

  • coccinella169's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 6:16 AM

    Thanks for visiting my page. Interesting pictures of the desert!

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 6:21 AM

    New pages eh, Mak? It looks like a barren place. Great photos and transportation tip!!

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