Thar Desert (Great Indian Desert) Region in nw India and se Pakistan, between the Aravalli Mountains (e) and the River Indus (w). The region covers parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Sind. The desert areas of Rajasthan now benefit from the Indira Gandhi Canal, c.650km (400mi) long, bringing water from the rivers of Himachal Pradesh. Area: c.200,000sq km (77,000sq mi).
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