Monday, 6 July 2015

My ‘Old City’ Photo Walk In Srinagar

Amusingly, the locals have no clue about the ‘old city’ of Srinagar. Perhaps they know it as Downtown. Anyway, I went on a photo walk of my own to old Srinagar, where you find Jamia Masjid, a really old mosque (14th century), old houses and old shops. Fortunately, I was there at the right time – the light was mellow, so the photos have got just the right hues. I’d like to admit though, that I didn’t take great photos (or the kind of photos I’d have liked to take). I mean I could have wandered a little bit more and could have discovered some unique nuggets for my lens. But, I just couldn’t do it – maybe I was a bit conscious of the fact that I was roaming alone in an unfamiliar territory, or I just didn’t give it much time. Whatsoever it is, I still would like to share what I captured.   

So, here it is –


The first thing that intrigued me about the old city was its 19th century houses, which were built with mud, timber and wood. They obviously look charming and say a lot about the thoughts and ideas of those old times.


The hanging balconies and windows whisper stories of the peculiar 'purdah' tradition.


The contrast of the 'old' and the 'new' - 


The traditional pots, which are made of white mud, are used for cooking Biryanis and curries -

The old shops that sell all traditional items -


The street vibe of the old city of Srinagar -


Have you taken a photo walk in an old city?

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24 comments:

  1. And you've clicked good shots here. Solo travelling can be fun. Next time, you'll take your time clicking in the pics I am sure! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! :-) Yes, I will do a better job next time.

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  2. great post , thanks for sharing.

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    1. Welcome Mahesh! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. All pics are awesome.. Great job dear :)

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  4. Interesting architectural style and a nice photo selection. Enjoyed your post.

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    1. Thanks Antonina :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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  5. I also love what you have captured Renuka... your shots helped me form an image of old Srinagar in my mind. Thanks and travel safe! :)

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    1. Thanks Moon :-) I'm glad to hear that!

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  6. Lovely lovely!! Srinagar looks absolutely spellbinding... I love old cities, and particularly in the subcontinent. You've really inspired me here... thank you for sharing!!

    I've taken some pics of my walks through the old cities of Hyderabad and Lahore. You can see them here;

    Hyderabad: http://urbanduniya.com/gallery/weekend-in-hyderabad/

    Lahore: http://urbanduniya.com/gallery/walled-city-lahore/

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    1. Thanks for sharing the links, Tim! I'll check them out.

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  7. Nice captures. Those old buildings look charming.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan! Yeah, they were charming indeed.

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  8. No for your question asked but you gave an idea. Would love to do a walk in an old city.
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    I like 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th photos and so on.. What an architecture specially the windows.

    Thanks Renu for sharing such beautiful photos. Keep traveling, keep sharing.

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    1. Thanks Tushar! I'm glad you found the post inspiring!

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  9. what a unique place! I love the old wooden buildings. Brilliant - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Welcome Andrew! :-) Yeah, the old Srinagar is an open-air gallery of old buildings.

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  10. Loved teh pic of the brick building with wooden windows .....

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