Once Jahangir said “If there is a heaven on earth, it is here…it is here…it is here” and it’s absolutely true. No matter what the situation is in Kashmir, it’s still a paradise on earth. These old pics of Kashmir Valley will make you fall in love with Kashmir. These old pics of Kashmir which date backs to nearly 100 years include old images of Lal Chowk Srinagar and other rare and beautiful pics of Kashmir Valley that will make you fall in love with Kashmir.
32 Rare Old Pics Of Kashmir Valley
1) The Fourth Bridge, Hari Parbat, and in the distance Kotwal and Haramuk
This image is from the book Irene Petrie: Missionary to Kashmir (1903) and is rare photographs by Geoffroy Millais. In the pic, you can see the Fourth Bridge, Hari Parbat, and in the distance Kotwal and Haramuk.
2) Dal Lake at Gagribal
This image was taken at The Dal Lake at Gagribal and is from the book Irene Petrie: Missionary to Kashmir (1903) and clicked by Geoffroy Millais.
3) Maharaja passing the C.M.S. School on his state entry into Srinagar
This old pic of Kashmir Valley was taken when the Maharaja was passing the C.M.S. school on his state entry into Srinagar and is from the book Irene Petrie: Missionary to Kashmir (1903) and clicked by Geoffroy Millais.
4) Pandit Oarsmen
This old and rare pic is of Pundit Oarsmen: The First School Four And The “Fanny”.
5) Holton Cottage
This old pic of Kashmir is from Holton Cottage.
6) St. Luke’s Chruch (built-in around 1896 ) and the C.M.S hospital
This is of St. Luke’s Chruch which was built around 1896 and C.M.S. Hospital can also be seen in this old pic of Kashmir.
7) High Street, Leh
This pic of High Street, Leh.
8) Zuni Gujjari with Akbar Jehan (oh, and Edwina Mountbatten)
This is a photo of Zuni (or Zoon) Gujjari – on the left – with Edwina Mountbatten and Akbar Jehan, the wife of Sheikh Abdullah.
9) The Women’s Self Defence Corps
This is an old pic of Kashmir valley which shows the women’s militia and it’s probably from late 1947 or early 1948.
10) The Invading Lashkar
These are the men whose invasion of Kashmir caused the women above to take up arms. According to AndrewWhiteHead, they were members of the ‘Lashkar’, the raiding party of tribal fighters from Pakistan which crossed into Kashmir from October 22nd, 1947.
11) Indian Soldiers
This is a photo of Indian soldiers who were rushed to defend Kashmir from the tribal army.
12) Nehru inspecting the Women’s Militia at Srinagar
In the pic, Jawaharlal Nehru inspects the Kashmir women’s militia in Srinagar. This photo was taken by the master Ram Chand Mehta.
13) The Children’s Militia at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk
In the picture can be seen, Children Militia at Srinagar Lal Chowk, and this pic was also taken by Ram Chand Mehta.
14) The Women’s Militia at Srinagar airfield
In the pic can be seen Women’s Militia at Srinagar Airfield. They were there to welcome Jawaharlal Nehru.
15) The People’s Militia
People guarding their state.
16) Sheikh Abdullah in 1947
This picture of Sheikh Abdullah was posted on Twitpics by Omar Abdullah.
17) ‘New Kashmir’
This is the cover to the English edition of ‘New Kashmir’, the decidedly leftist manifesto adopted by Sheikh Abdullah’s National Conference party in the year 1944.
18) Kashmir at war – November 1947
19) A Baramulla wedding
A beautiful photo of a Christian Wedding in Baramulla. It is believed to be taken in the year 1946.
20) Nedou’s Hotel
This building is still there on M.A. Road, Srinagar. The Nedou family was from Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast. In addition to this hotel, they had hotels in Lahore and Gulmarg.
21) Sheikh Abdullah and Nehru
Both Sheikh Abdullah and Pandit Nehru sharing the same stage.
22) Gandhi Ji with Begum Abdullah and her daughter
Gandhiji can be seen with Begum Abdullah and her daughter in the picture.
23) The Maar Canal
In this old pic of Kashmir Valley, the maar canal can be seen and it connects with the River Jhelum.
24) Jamia Masjid Srinagar
This is an old pic of the famous Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
25) Dal lake
A beautiful pic of Dal Lake.
26) Hari Parbat
In the pic, Hari Parbat can be seen from the top.
27) Lal Chowk
This is a very old pic of Lal Chowk taken in the year 1950.
28) Nishat Garden Bus Parking
Nishat Garden also known as Mughal garden parking can be seen in the pic.
29) Shankaracharya temple on Takht-e-Suleiman hill – Srinagar Kashmir 1880’s
The temple is at a height of 1,000 feet above the valley floor and overlooks the city of Srinagar and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
30) Banihal Pass across the Pir Panjal Range above Kashmir Valley – India 1928
Banihal Pass can be seen in the picture. The picture is dated back to 1928.
31) Kashmir Floods in 1903
This was the one of the worst floods in the history of Kashmir. A Kashmiri poet of that time named Hakim Habibullah went on to write a work titled ‘Sylab Nama’ based on this natural calamity of 1903.
32) A fisherman in Dal Lake, Srinagar nearly 100 years back
A fisherman can be seen fishing in the Dal Lake. This pic is believed to be nearly 100 years ago.
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