Autumn in Kashmir: Red Earth

Autumn in Kashmir is synonymous with harvest and glorious Chinar trees

Haziq Qadri/Photo: Haziq Qadri November 30, 2014

Autumn, also known as Harud locally, is the annual harvesting season in Kashmir. As the leaves in the valley turn yellow and golden, the farmers return to their fields to harvest paddy and saffron and pick various varieties of apples for export.

The entire valley is bathed in different hues of red, orange and gold during these months and a large number of tourists visit the area before the weather becomes excruciatingly cold. Children run around excitedly, trampling leaves and playing cricket under the shade of the mighty Chinar — which is considered a sign of resistance in the area. It is said that during the Mughal era in Kashmir, one of the kings stepped over the Chinar leaves during autumn. Fascinated by their bright red colour, he asked one his ministers, “Chi Naar”, which translates to, “What is this fire?” And during these few months, right before winter in Kashmir, it seems as if the flames are touching the ground.

A girl rides a cycle in Srinagar. PHOTO: Haziq Qadri

A boy rides a cycle in Srinagar. PHOTO: Haziq Qadri

A girl walks on fallen Chinar leaves at Kashmir University in Srinagar. PHOTO: Haziq Qadri

Locals burn Chinar leaves at Kashmir University in Srinagar.  PHOTO: Haziq Qadri

Children play cricket in the outskirts of Srinagar. PHOTO: Haziq Qadri

Haziq Qadri is a Kashmir-based photojournalist. He tweets @haziq_qadri

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 30th, 2014.


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BestPicture! | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@PakIPower: Nice Try bro! But we are smarter than that, lol!

LS | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Gaurav: Saffron represents the renunciation that we should practice towards materialism and sacrifices the country and its people have made and does NOT represent any single state.

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