Tribes of India: The Bakarwals From the Valley of Shepherds

bakarwals, nomadic tribes, gujjars, transhumants

Located on the banks of the Lidder River in Kashmir, is the beautiful little hamlet of Pahalgam. To tread your way towards this sleepy little village is to stumble into a quaint world of folklore & culture you never knew existed.Mountains Photo

Pahalgam – the Valley of Shepherds – almost seems to be frozen in time, hardened by socio-political situations of the area and a general antipathy to outsiders. Once you drive out of the capital, you are hit with a landscape stripped of almost everything except eucalyptus groves on either side to give you some semblance of company.

Priyanka lives in the hope of catching fireflies in a mid-summer twilight. Occasionally she dreams of owning a huge library with a fireplace and a Chesterfield chair, where she can cozy up with Ms Austen, a bag full of fish popcorn and her dog, Tasha, for company. When she is not working, she is trying to create a world without smartphones (she constantly tries to lose her own and then panics when she can’t find it!)