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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