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In Pictures: Troubled paradise of Kashmir
Kashmir's inherent beauty remains undiminished despite years of conflict that has swept the region.
Last updated: 04 Dec 2013 10:29
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Picturesque Kashmir has often been described by many as a "Paradise on Earth". 

Years of conflict in the Indian-administered region has in no way diminished its inherent beauty.

Ringed by snow-capped mountains and dotted with undulating valleys where a million flowers bloom, Kashmir has retained its charim despite an unresolved dispute between India and Pakistan over the region.

Since 1989, when an armed separatist uprising broke out, Kashmir has been more in the news for the violence and resultant deaths. Its natural unmatched beauty has taken a backseat in public consciousness.

However, beyond the news headlines, both Kashmir and the Kashmiris - residents of the region - continue to enthral those who decide to take a closer look. Both people and the place have a touch of being pristine.


/Sugato Mukherjee

A mother and her child in Anantnag, seemingly undisturbed by the turmoil in the region.

/Sugato Mukherjee

A Kashmiri family in their kitchen. Traditionally the kitchen doubles up as the eating area where family members have their dinner together

/Sugato Mukherjee

An old man with his grand daughter in a village in Ganderbal, one of the worst affected zones in Northern Kashmir

/Sugato Mukherjee

Kashmiris are hoping for a brighter future for the new generation

/Sugato Mukherjee

A young seller displays his merchandise to tourists on the famous Dal Lake 

/Sugato Mukherjee

Pigeons at Shah Hamadan, one of the oldest Islamic shrines of the valley

/Sugato Mukherjee

School children during lunch break in a city school in Srinagar. Education was severely disrupted at the height of violence.

/Sugato Mukherjee

School girls take pictures of the Tulip Garden at Sirajbagh in Srinagar.

/Sugato Mukherjee

A Kashmiri couple at Harwans Gardens in the outskirts of Srinagar.

/Sugato Mukherjee

A neighbourhood alley in Srinagar,

/Sugato Mukherjee

The vegetable market on the Dal Lake gets busy every morning. It normally remains active even during curfews.

/Sugato Mukherjee

An old woman praying at a shrine. The people of the valley are fervently hoping for lasting tranquility, something that has mostly eluded them in the past two decades.

/Sugato Mukherjee

Two women inside a shrine. The average Kashmiri is deeply religious and adheres to the religious guidelines in their daily lives.

/Sugato Mukherjee

A Kashmiri man offers his prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

/Sugato Mukherjee

Local tourists at Verinag, one of the oldest Mughal attractions in the Kashmir valley. 

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A mother and her child in Anantnag, seemingly undisturbed by the turmoil in the region.

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A Kashmiri family in their kitchen. Traditionally the kitchen doubles up as the eating area where family members have their dinner together

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An old man with his grand daughter in a village in Ganderbal, one of the worst affected zones in Northern Kashmir

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Kashmiris are hoping for a brighter future for the new generation

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A young seller displays his merchandise to tourists on the famous Dal Lake 

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Pigeons at Shah Hamadan, one of the oldest Islamic shrines of the valley

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School children during lunch break in a city school in Srinagar. Education was severely disrupted at the height of violence.

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School girls take pictures of the Tulip Garden at Sirajbagh in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri couple at Harwans Gardens in the outskirts of Srinagar.

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A neighbourhood alley in Srinagar,

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The vegetable market on the Dal Lake gets busy every morning. It normally remains active even during curfews.

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An old woman praying at a shrine. The people of the valley are fervently hoping for lasting tranquility, something that has mostly eluded them in the past two decades.

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Two women inside a shrine. The average Kashmiri is deeply religious and adheres to the religious guidelines in their daily lives.

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A Kashmiri man offers his prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

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Local tourists at Verinag, one of the oldest Mughal attractions in the Kashmir valley. 

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Tourist season is here again, the last two years have seen as encouraging escalation of tourism in the valley, a young seller displays his merchandise to tourists on the dal lake as another tourist shikara moves by

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School girls happily capturing the spring blossom of Tulip Garden at Sirajbagh in Srinagar.

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School girls happily capturing the spring blossom of Tulip Garden at Sirajbagh in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri couple at Harwans Gardens at the outskirts of Srinagar

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A Kashmiri couple at Harwans Gardens at the outskirts of Srinagar

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Familial and social fabrics that were torn into pieces are slowly reweaving themselves. The home and the hearth are extremely important in the lives of common Kashmiris.

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The vegetable market on the Dal lake gets busy every morning. A transaction point of local buyers and sellers, it normally remains active even during curfew.

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The vegetable market on the Dal lake gets busy every morning. A transaction point of local buyers and sellers, it normally remains active even during curfew.

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An old woman praying at a shrine. The people of the valley are fervently hoping for a lasting tranquility, a privilege that has mostly eluded them in the past two decades.

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Two women inside a shrine. The average Kashmiri is deeply religious and adheres to the religious guidelines in their daily lives.

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Two women inside a shrine. The average Kashmiri is deeply religious and adheres to the religious guidelines in their daily lives.

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A Kashmiri man offers his prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri man offers his prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

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Local tourists at verinag, one of the oldest Mughal architecture of Kashmir Valley.

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Local tourists at verinag, one of the oldest Mughal architecture of Kashmir Valley.



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