The Winter of Kashmir


“No, they won’t let me out of winter,
and I’ve promised myself,
even if I’m the last snowman,
that I’ll ride into spring
on their melting shoulders.” – Agha Shahid Ali

The winter of Kashmir brings many things to life in the valley. From Harrisa shops to Kangri sellers and buying dried vegetables, all comes to life during harsh winter days. People stay indoors mostly and go out only with proper clothing and keep themselves warm by Kangri or electric heaters. Electricity remains just for a few hours a day. The only connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir gets closed due to heavy snowfalls and landslides. In these days of harsh chill, The Kashmir Walla Photographer, Muhabit-ul-Haq captures some of the frames in winter of Kashmir.

Snow on roses.
River Jehlum in Snow.
A Kangri seller. Kangri is an earthen pot covered with willow shield and burning coal is put in it and used to keep people warm in Kashmir.
A village on the border of a hill.
A Shikara (boat) in the Dal Lake, Srinagar.
Fishermen in the river Jehlum.

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