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Kashmir On Trek Minus Tourists

Local adventure-seekers are filling the space, exploring their backyard like never before

Kashmir On Trek Minus Tourists
Photographs by Umer Asif
Kashmir On Trek Minus Tourists
outlookindia.com
2020-10-15T09:19:23+05:30

For thrill-seekers, no destination is more alluring than Kashmir’s bowel—that vast, sparsely populated interior dotted with lakes, valleys, forests, mountain treks and tales. It is a land that defies easy explanation, a remote expanse filled with meaning. But this terra firma has been off-limits for most, except spirited Kashmiri adventurers who are discovering their backyard like never before. They take familiar trekking routes: Aru village to Kolahoi pass, Sheshnag lake and Betaab valley in Pahalgam, Gangabal lake and Mt Harmukh. Sequestered in their homes the entire summer, their movement restricted even after the lockdown slowly unlocked in stages, everyone now wants to be elsewhere. But tourists have been away for more than a year—since Article 370 was abrogated in August 2019, the state was sliced into two Union territories and restrictive measures imposed in anticipation of public unrest. Covid and the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control closed the door completely.

Popular trekking routes in Kashmir are less than two hours from...

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