A place is only as good as the people in it. My travels have always been more about people I meet than the sights I visit. For me, it is the people’s energy and vibes that ultimately make the soul of a place. I feel that if one truly wants to know a place, he/she should observe its people and see how they go about their lives, what are their fears, dreams, and aspirations.
Same was my plan when visiting Kashmir; to know not only about Kashmir – the pride of India, but also it’s people.
Here in India, Kashmir is regarded as the paradise on earth. Quite ironically, it is also one of the most troubled places of our country. For years, Kashmiri people have suffered gravely at the hands of militants and the army alike. However when you speak to Kashmiri people, you realise that they hold no bitterness for anyone. They are very friendly and tolerant people. And with booming tourism in the state, they have a new positive energy in them and just by the very look on their face, you know that Kashmir will rise again, and pretty soon.
Here is the collection of portraits I clicked while traveling in Kashmir.