Kashmir

In Pictures: Kashmir’s Autumn Shades, Winter lavishness

Chinar

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

The aura at Kashmir’s Naseem Bagh is fairy-tale like; Chinar leaves strewn across the Mughal-era garden have turned crimson at the end of fall – adding to the captivating beauty of the valley.

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Located on the banks of Dal lake in the Kashmir University, the garden is lined up with tall and majestic Chinar trees. Chinar owes its origin to a Persian word, Chihnaarast, meaning fiery red colour.

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

A boy watches keenly an old man who takes a puff at his hookah while he makes kangri, a traditional heating pot at a village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Kangri, also called kangaer is an earthen pot filled with hot embers that is used by people in the valley beneath pheran – a traditional cloak – to keep the chill at bay.

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Migratory birds take a flight at Hokersar wildlife sanctuary in Srinagar’s Narbal area on the Gulmarg-Srinagar Highway. Hundreds of thousands of winged visitors come to the wetland every year from Siberia and other parts of Central Asia during winters.

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

Photograph By Ashish Sharma/Open Magazine

A man serves the season’s most wanted delicacy, harissa – a mouthwatering hot paste of lamb shanks and rice cooked in elaichi, garlic and fennel. Relished with morning tea, it is said to keep people warm in the chilly season.

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