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Humans of Kashmir

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 –Β 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.

People of Kashmir
People of Kashmir
Children of Kashmir valley
Children of valley

People of Kashmir

Tough job

The tribal community living on the hills of valley are called Gujjars and are herdsmen in occupation.
The tribal community living on the hills of valley are called Gujjars and are herdsmen in occupation.
Tribal girl I met in Baisaran valley. She belongs to Gujjar community.
Tribal girl I met in Baisaran valley.

People of Kashmir

People of Kashmir

People of Kashmir Location: Dal Lake, Srinagar City

People of Kashmir
People of Kashmir

6 thoughts on “Humans of Kashmir

  1. Love your blog and the fact that you’ve taken a year off to go travel the world! All the best and happy traveling!

  2. You are absolutely right when you talk about “soul” of the place.
    Takes me back to my own travels in south america. I used to pack my bags wkth fresh fruits, biscuits and water, go to a long distance bus station and ask them which bus leaves next, would be pointed one, wud get a tixket and sit down not knowing where it’s going, het down at the last stop not knowing where i was, not being able to speak the native language (Spanish), not knowing whats around the corner, just walked, met people, explored and had some of the most fascinating human experiences.

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