Well Travelled: Kashmir, India

October 3, 2013

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To celebrate our first ever print publication, every Thursday on our blog we’ll share a new Fall inspired feature from the The Journal. This week, take a trip to Kasmir, India…

Further sharing the inspirations behind Herschel Supply, “Well Travelled” is a photo-essay series submitted by the wider Herschel community. This instalment documents Melbourne photographer Tom Blachford’s travels through Kashmir, India. Take a moment to enjoy Tom’s words and photos below…

After heading to India in May 2012 during the hottest time of the year, myself and two friends decided to hop a jeep to Kashmir, an elusive land we had heard many mixed reports about. Various government websites put a big red cross through Kashmir, designating it a ‘do not travel zone’. Despite this, we drove for twelve hours around crazy cliffside roads expecting to arrive in a military occupied region. What we found was the adorable, safe and charming town of Srinigar, affectionately known as the Venice of India, built around the peaceful Dal Lake and home to over 1000 carved wooden houseboats.

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The epic mountain road that led to Srinigar.

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A neighbourhood of houseboats as seen from our boat.

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With only one road in you sometimes have to share.

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The Dal Lake.

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A radish salesman trading his goods at the floating market.

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A floating cafe serving your morning coffee.

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The Vegas of Srinagar.

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The stillness of the lake as the sun is about to rise.

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The standard morning commute. Beats the subway any day.

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Five days later we hopped on the last Jeep. Our Kashmir adventure was over.

Visit Tom’s website for more original, stunning photography.

Check back next Thursday for the last instalment from The Journal Issue 1 – ‘Let Nature Run You A Bath’

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