Geographically, Tharparkar “The land of desert” is a district that comes in South East of Sindh and it is considered as one of the remote districts among all districts of Sindh, Pakistan. To its east, are the of borders Jaisalmer, Balmer and Jalore districts of Rajasthan, India. The land might seem barren but the places to visit in Tharparkar are beyond imagination.
Tharparkar is considered the most peaceful place in the entire country and is known for its centuries-old interfaith harmony. Thar is widely known as a place where Hindus and Muslims live with fraternity, having no breach between them. One cannot distinguish between the Hindu and Muslim, giving us the example of humanity. Both celebrate and enjoy each other’s festivals and participates in each other’s pain and felicity.
Culture of Tharparkar
The language spoken by its people is known as Dhatki or Thari Boli; the language of sweet people. Besides the language, the land of Thar has got an eye-catching history. Whether its the reign of nadir shah or the birthplace of great Akbar, Thar land has so much to be discovered.
People of Thar are very kind and simple. There is no comparison of the hospitability of these simple and hardworking people. Thari village life is all based on cattle and farming, when there is a rainy season. Thari culture is a blend of Sindhi, Rajasthani and Gujarati. Mostly old men wear white turban and women mostly wear their traditional dresses known as Ghaghra. Thari folk music is also a delight of Thari people. Most people gather at night and enjoy their traditional folk songs.
‘A place is only as good as the people in it’.
Tharparkar is a package of a great culture, awe-inspiring tradition, and the infrastructure which Thari people have inherited by their lineage. The following are the places to visit in Tharparkar, which you should visit if you are planning for a trip to Tharparkar.
In the west of Mithi, headquarter of Thar Parkar, a long and high altitude sand dune beside the historic route connecting Thar desert with rest of the state of Sindh through Laar, was a natural protection wall for the small human settlement since the foundation of Mithi in the aftermath situation of Nadir Shah’s attack on Amarkot in February 1740 AD.
In recent years, wonderful infrastructure has been developed, the Gadhi Bhit has become a popular picnic point and one of the most visiting tourist sites, thus a must include in places to visit in Tharparkar.
Considering the historic importance of the site, it should be protected, restored, or developed and declared a national heritage. All federal, provincial, and local authorities and concerned stakeholders are requested to preserve the heritage and historically valued monument – the Gadhi. This will definitely enhance the value and beauty of the picturesque town of Mithi existing in the lap of Gadhi Bhit.
2-Goree Temple Nagarparkar
The Goree Temple was built by a Jain businessman Megha Sa Oswal at Goree village in 1375-76 AD. The construction was supervised by an architect from Sirohi (Rajasthan). The Temple, a marvelous structure with astonishing architectural beauty was constructed with Jodhpuri stone and marble.
Beside the main building, a domed extension with freestanding columns covers the front of the temple. The top and interior decorated with amazing paintings and frescos are still in good shape and speaks aloud of the craftsmanship.
The temple where Seth Megha had put a famous image of Parshwanath, 23rd Tirthankara of Jains (Parshwanath attained nirvana in 877 BC) at the time of the foundation (Megha Sa had purchased the image from Gujrat and initially kept it at Nagarparkar) had been a major pilgrim place for Jain communities across subcontinent for several centuries. The image at the temple was open for pilgrims for about 340 years, Satooji Sodha moved the image from the temple and kept at Bakhasar fort in 1716 AD.
3-Bhodesar Temple Nagarparkar
The oldest temple was built in the classical style with stones without any mortar, built around the 9th century CE, by a Jain woman named Poni Daharo. It is built on a high platform and reached by a series of steps carved into the rock. It has beautifully carved huge stone columns and other structural elements. The remaining walls are unstable and partially collapsed. Parts of the building had been dismantled by the locals who used the bricks to construct their homes.
Churrio Jabal is a famous hill located in Taluka Nagarparkar In Thar. Its fame is due to two reasons one historic Durga Mata Temple on the Churrio Jabal is visited annually by thousands of pilgrims annually on Shivratri. Hindus bring cremated ashes of their departed beloveds to immerse in the holy water, thus making 4th to our list on “Top 8 places to visit in Tharparkar”.
Another famous aspect of it is the mining of granite. The area is under threat due to mining by dynamite blasting of the hills on which the temples are located.
5-Marvi Jo Khooh
Another frequent spot famous for Marvi one of the local women was kidnapped here several times by the King Umer thousand years ago. Another aspect of it is that it is said that the well never goes dry. There is certainly water in it; but it is also clear that the well has been restored and is kept maintained.
Temple Virwah is about 15miles north of Nagarparkar. This temple is beautifully built by marbles and contains group of pillars with carved capitals. One of the wonder of past still standing tall and showing its marvelous scenes.
These hills has several places of historical importance, like Bhodeser Talao, Alakh Wao (hidden well), Anchlechure, Sardaro, Gao Mukhi, Punraj Gadr, Nani, Chandan gadr, Bhaun jo bheesro, Jharno and Bhaunro. In the past, many individuals were exiled to the Karoonjhar by monarchs of nearby states. (sindhidunya.com)
Naukot Fort also known as “The Gateway Of Thar Desert” is a place you should visit in Tharparkar. It was established by Mir Karam Ali Khan Talpur in 1814. This was built for meant of safety from Rajputs. Later, it was captured by the British East India Company commanded by General Charles James Napier.
It lies at the edge of Desert Thar and gives an eye astonishing view when someone passes through it while entering Thar. Forti is wholly constructed by burnt bricks laid in mud mortar. The fort has nine bastions, two of them guarding the main entrance, four at the corners and one each in the middle of the northern, southern and western walls.
Inside this Fort there may see some rooms which would be used as storage purpose and or residential quarters.
You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.
Tharparkar is one of the historical districts of Sindh Pakistan. However, it is still not developed and certainly requires some concentration. Owing to which Tharparkar is underrated district in terms of culture.
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