A Walk Through the Old Srinagar City

A walk through one of the lanes of Old City.
A walk through one of the lanes of Old City.
Selling Pulses.
Selling Pulses.
Dealing with scrap and used articles.
Dealing with scrap and used articles.

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Scene Outside a shrine
Scene Outside a shrine
Happy and contented.
Happy and contented.

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An old Vernacular Structure along the banks of River Jehlum.
An old Vernacular Structure along the banks of River Jehlum.
Carpet Weaving Atrisan.
Carpet Weaving Artisan.

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Wood Work Artisan.
Artisan working on wood.
Weaving Shawls from last 65 years.
Weaving Shawls from last 65 years.
"TEHER" It is a kind of cooked rice which people distribute on special occasions.
“TEHER” It is a kind of cooked rice which people distribute on special occasions.
Washerman washing the shawls on the banks of river Jehlum
Washerman washing the shawls on the banks of river Jehlum
Selling Dried spices and vegetables
Selling Dried spices and vegetables
Embroidery artisans
Embroidery artisans
A 55 year old Embroidery shop
A 55 year old Embroidery shop
Cycle Repairing Shop
Cycle Repairing Shop
 A Traditional Baker's Shop
A Traditional Baker’s Shop

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A 45 year old Machine Repairing Shop.
A 45 year old Machine Repairing Shop.

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A 40 year old, Tailor's shop
A 40 year old, Tailor’s shop
Diary shop
Diary shop

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Night view of the Jehlum banks along Old city.
Night view of the Jehlum banks along Old city.

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Jamia Masjid, The Biggest Mosque in Kashmir built in 1400 AD.
Jamia Masjid, The Biggest Mosque in Kashmir built in 1400 AD.
Horse Cart plying along with motorised vehicles.
Horse Cart plying along with motorised vehicles.
An Old Lady  wearing a traditional viel.
An Old Lady wearing a traditional viel.

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Residential Settlement along the banks of River Jehlum
Residential Settlement along the banks of River Jehlum
Aerial shot of the  Hari Parbat hills.
Aerial shot of the Hari Parbat hills.Old City

The old city or in the language of common the Kashmiri, the Sheh-re-khaas or the Downtown, holds the threads which takes one back to the rich heritage. The beauty of the walk through the alleys is pleasing. The huge buildings standing tall, speaking the truth of the ages, the life lived or being lived there. The mornings are beautiful with the smoke from the local bread maker heading to the sky covering the distance from the common life to the beautiful rising sun. Unlike the corporate sectors the lanes here are buzzed up with the people buying the common daily necessities. The innocence of the people, the lines of the tolerance and the richness of the knowledge of the culture is too vivid. As the night settles, the Jehlum scintillates with the lights of the houseboats, the silence falls after a tiresome day and the hope stays.

Text : (Amreen Naqash)

Photographs : (Sajad Rafeeq)

8 thoughts on “A Walk Through the Old Srinagar City

  1. Excellent collection but better captions could have been icing on the cake like the one with a vehicle and horse cart i would have given a caption ” of bygone era and modern times “

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