Keeping warm with Charar-i-Sharief kangris

The kangri, a wicker-covered earthen 'fire-pot' filled with charcoal embers, is in high demand during the severe winters in Kashmir, and the seasonal trade sustains artisans, farmers and labourers

January 31, 2020 | Muzamil Bhat

Withdrawal from the Valley – of another kind

When his drug habit grew, Azlan's parents brought him to the de-addiction centre in Srinagar, where growing numbers of young people are seeking help – while heroin use is spreading 'like an epidemic' in Kashmir

 January 24, 2020 | Shafaq Shah
In Pulwama, a different shade of saffron
• Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir

In Pulwama, a different shade of saffron

Saffron farmers in Kashmir are facing a bleak season – an early snowfall, the restrictions imposed after Article 370 was scrapped and a shortage of labourers have hit a trade already in a slump for years

December 31, 2019 | Muzamil Bhat

Srinagar’s shikaras: still waters run deep losses

Though the government has lifted its August advisory to tourists to leave Kashmir, shikarawalas have seen few customers. The six-month tourism season sustains them all year and many are now facing a crisis

November 29, 2019 | Muzamil Bhat

No fruit of this labour: Kashmir's apple trade

Apple orchard owners and traders in Kashmir are facing a huge loss of income amid the uncertainty that has followed the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, which was also the start of their marketing season

November 5, 2019 | Muzamil Bhat

‘Perhaps we made the mountain god angry’

Nomadic Changpa pastoralists at the high grazing grounds of Ladakh find their yak-related economy in a crisis that is driven by major climatic shifts in their fragile mountainous ecosystems

July 22, 2019 | Ritayan Mukherjee

Weaving the story of the pashmina shawl

From Changthangi goats in the Tibetan Plateau to retail stores in Srinagar, the making of the pashmina shawl involves many – pastoralists, wholesalers, spinners, dyers, designers, embroiderers and entrepreneurs

May 27, 2019 | Prabir Mitra

Women who climb mountains, cross deserts

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a PARI photo essay on the remarkable women of three nomadic pastoralist communities – the Changpa of Ladakh, the Brokpa of Arunachal, and the Fakrani Jats in Kachchh

March 8, 2019 | Ritayan Mukherjee
Tosamaidan: guns, meadows, misery
• Badgam, Jammu and Kashmir

Tosamaidan: guns, meadows, misery

After many deaths among villagers due to an army firing range, as well as ecological damage in an alpine meadow in Budgam, locals fought to ensure the army’s lease was not renewed in 2014. But problems remain

November 21, 2018 | Freny Manecksha

A museum of memories – and missiles
• Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

A museum of memories – and missiles

Hunderman, a remote village on the LOC in Kargil, in the crossfire between two hostile nations, has opened its history and heart to the world – its abandoned houses are now a heritage site preserving the past

February 16, 2018 | Stanzin Saldon

Creating colour like the warm light of the sun

Abdul Rashid of Srinagar, Kashmir, with seven decades of experience in the delicate art of dyeing, speaks of how his generation of dyers may be the last, and why they still continue to painstakingly tint yarn

January 18, 2018 | Jayati Saha

Pathways to the clouds driven by poverty

Many of the labourers who build the mountainous roads in Ladakh are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand – they brave the extreme weather and risky work because of few livelihood options back home

November 3, 2017 | Ritayan Mukherjee

The Commander Heights of Kargil's economy

This extraordinary market in Kargil, Ladakh – where all but three shops are run  by women – has inspirational tales embedded in its origins and success

July 27, 2017 | Stanzin Saldon
'The loom is my love, my legacy'
• Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

'The loom is my love, my legacy'

When he is not farming, Tsering Angchuk of Sneymo village in Ladakh travels with his portable loom to other villages to weave his highly-reputed signature version of a woollen fabric called ‘snamboo’

May 9, 2017 | Stanzin Saldon
The Changpas who make cashmere
• Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

The Changpas who make cashmere

The nomadic Changpas of Hanle Valley in Ladakh herd pashmina goats, live in high-altitude pasturelands, and even retain old barter systems – but their ways of life are changing. This photo essay features Changpa Karma Rinchen's community

February 8, 2017 | Ritayan Mukherjee
Clouds of uncertainty
• Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Clouds of uncertainty

People of the Balti community in Turtuk village, in the high-altitude Nubra Valley near the LoC, are trying to cope with the impact of major shifts in the climate, and changes in their local economy and culture

Sepetember 1, 2016 | Sweta Daga