Image of Asia: Bakarwal herders make their seasonal journey

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Posted: May 21, 2015 6:11 AM
Image of Asia: Bakarwal herders make their seasonal journey

In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Kashmiri Bakarwal woman leads a herd of horses near Peer Ki Gali, in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. Bakarwals are nomadic herders of Jammu-Kashmir state who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle. Every year in April-May, more than 100,000 people from the nomadic Bakarwal tribes arrive in the meadows of Kashmir and parts of Ladakh from areas of the Jammu region with their flocks of cattle and sheep. After crossing snowy mountains with their herds and belongings, they make their home in the Kashmir valley's lush green meadows from April to September, after which they begin their return journey. This seasonal shifting of "homes" ensures a regular flow of income for the families.