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Floating Hamlet
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Lush green vistas, snow capped peaks, gorgeous women, handsome men, delicious Wazwan cuisine, regal Pashmina shawls, exquisite Walnut wood furniture, exotic floating markets, enchanting Mughal gardens, springs and orchards aplenty define a land aptly described by Mughal Emperor Jehangir as paradise on earth.

The people are warm and friendly, the land bountiful. The turbulence of the past 25 years has not toned down the legendary hospitality of its people. Having visited in 2004 and 2006, my latest excursion surprised me pleasantly. Previous experiences prepared me to deal with a land under siege. On arrival, I found the local populace in a euphoric mood. Business is booming, tourism has spread its warmth. The Kashmir police is polite and affable, the paramilitary has judiciously stepped back maintaining a peripheral vigil.

Kashmir is a photographer's delight. I have wonderful memories of exploring the waterways at five in the morning, feeding the pigeons at Hazratbal shrine, indulging in multi-course Wazwan cuisine at Ahdoos, bargaining with Mr. Sadiq at Suffering Moses, making three "pilgrimages" to the sublime Tulip garden, enjoying Mr. Musadiq Hussain's hospitality at Hotel Dar-es-salam...Kashmir surely is paradise on earth.

© 2010 Gurbir Singh Brar, all rights reserved.
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Date: 2010-04-10 10:15:13



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Superb composition! Like the location and view. You have captured it so well Gurbir.
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Ankur Thatai | A T Images 2010-04-10 14:14:17
A place I long to visit but perhaps never will... the entire new series is enchanting... keep posting.
irfan cheema... 2010-04-10 17:30:37
Great shot and I think you've convinced me to go to Kashmir.
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Beautiful......:)
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