Poet Rumi described Kashmir as the true heaven on earth. Sadly, the Kashmir of today is nothing less than a battleground of cultures, religion and geopolitics. But these almost 100-year-old photos transport us back to the time when Kashmir was a true heaven for its people and a jewel of an undivided India. The sepia-toned photos of Kashmir carry more colour than Kashmir of our times can boast of.

1. View of the Lake Srinagar, Kashmir 1865

View-of-the-Lake---Srinagar,-Kashmir-1865

Image by: James Kerr

2. The Himalayas as seen from Kashmir  in 1870’s

Himalaya Mountains in Kashmir - c1870's

3. Lake and multi-purpose waterwheel

Waterwheel and Lake - Kashmir c1870's

4. A Canal in Kashmir of 1880’s

Canal in Kashmir - c1880's

5. US Soldier Vaden Carney (L) and Pam Rumbold (R), taking a romantic boat ride in Kashmir – 1943

US Soldier Vaden Carney (L) and Pam Rumbold, taking a romantic boat ride in Kashmir - 1943
US Soldier Vaden Carney and Pam Rumbold, taking a romantic boat ride 1943

US Soldier Vaden Carney and Pam Rumbold, taking a romantic boat ride 1943 b

Photo by: William Vandivert

6. India of 1928: Raghunath Temple in Jammu

Raghunath Temple in Jammu - India 1928Photo by: Martin Hürlimann

7. Ruins of Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag, Kashmir, India of 1900’s

Martand Sun Temple in Kashmir - India c1900's

8. A fisherman in Dal Lake, Srinagar taken c1900’s

Photograph  Of Fisherman In Dal Lake In Srinagar, Kashmir - India c1900's

9. Two-Kashmiri women with their dog, 1890’s – 1900’s

Two-Kashmiri-Women-with-their-Dog---1890's---1900's

10. Studio portrait of a young Kashmiri boy and girl, c1890’s

Studio-Portrait-of-a-Young-Kashmiri-Boy-and-Girl---1890's

Studio-Portrait-of-a-Young-Kashmiri-Boy-and-Girl---1890's-b
Studio-Portrait-of-a-Young-Kashmiri-Boy-and-Girl---1890's-c

Photo source: British Library


11. Banihal Pass across the Pir Panjal Range above Kashmir Valley – India 1928

Banihal Pass Across the Pir Panjal Range above Kashmir Valley - India 1928

Photo by: Martin Hürlimann

12. Temple of Pandrenthan near Srinagar, Kashmir – India 1928

Temple of Pandrenthan near Srinagar, Kashmir - India 1928Photo by: Martin Hürlimann

13. A Rice Paddy field in Kashmir Valley taken in 1928

1928 Rice Paddy Field Kashmir Valley India Agriculture

14. Dhul Canal of Kashmir c1880’s

Dhul Canal of Kashmir c1880's

15. Late 19th Century photo of The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir

The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir - Late 19th Century Photograph

Photo by: Deen Dayal

16. Shankaracharya temple on Takht-e-Suleiman hill – Srinagar Kashmir 1880’s

Shankaracharya temple on Takht-e-Suleiman hill - Srinagar Kashmir 1880's

17. Manasbal Lake – Kashmir 1880’s

Manasbal Lake - Kashmir 1880's

18. The Kohala Bridge across the Jhelum River, Kashmir 1880’s (now in Pakistan)

The Kohala Bridge across the Jhelum River - Entrance to Kashmir 1880's

19. Popular avenue near Rambagh, Kashmir c1880s

POPLAR AVENUE NEAR RAMBAGH KASHMIR - c1880's

20. Lake Srinagar boat c1870’s

Boat in the Lake of Srinagar Kashmir - c1870's

Credit: All images, other than specifically mentioned, sourced from ebay.

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