Thar Desert

The Thar Desert is estimated to be 4000 to 10,000 years old and stretches over an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometres.


The desert is also identified as the “Great Indian Desert” being the world’s 7th largest desert. In Pakistan, the desert covers  the eastern Sindh province and the southeastern portion of the Punjab province. The Thar Desert is also known as a ‘Friendly Desert’ due to its easy accessibility and pleasant climate. Approximately half a million inhabitants, 70% of whom are Hindus, live in the desert, spread over 13,000 square kilometres living mostly in mud houses. Hindu and Muslims live peacefully alongside one another in the desert and in addition take part in each other’s celebrations. Rain naturally plays an important part in the life of all parts of the Thar Desert as the water deposits in Tobas (tiny pools). These Tobas are then used for drinking, washing and other purposes. Muslim festivals are arranged at the tombs of saints and sufis, whereas those of Hindus at their temples. The major profession of the people of the Thar Desert is carpentry, fur weaving, leather-work, jewellery making, cloth dying, embroidery, snake charming and agriculture (in certain parts).

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

  • Departure from Karachi via Naukot
  • Visit of Thar’s historical and cultural sites
  • Overnight stay in the Mithi guesthouse

Day 2

  • Tour of traditional handicrafts workshops
  • Experience thari village life with an interactive tour
  • Overnight stay in the Mithi guest house

Day 3

  • Day excursion to Nagarparkar
  • Overnight stay in the Mithi guesthouse

Day 4

  • Early morning departure for Karachi via Thatta, Makli, Bhambore and Chaukhandi, with a guided visit of each site