In Photos | Traversing the Thar Desert

A photographer spends three weeks in the Great Indian Desert, capturing life in the arid region.

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Thar is a major wool producing region in India. To the shepherds here, cattle are equivalent to “walking gold.” But animal rearing is no longer a sustainable occupation, since fodder and water are scarce. This leaves locals torn between keeping alive their traditions, and adapting to changing times. Photo by: Deepti Asthana

Life in Thar Desert tests the human instinct to survive. In this arid land, where trees are sparse and local population is aplenty, an expanse of undulating sand dunes scattered with dhandhs or saline lake beds, stretches across 2,00,000 square kilometres in Rajasthan. The setting almost seems surreal. A photographer navigates her way through the Great Indian Desert over a course of three weeks and learns about the natives’ way of living in the oasis.

 

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  • Deepti Asthana loves to tell stories of cultures and traditions of far-away regions. When not traveling, she can be found in Mumbai snuggling with her dog.

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