105 Photos from a rural village in Kashmir, India.

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105 Photos from a rural village in Kashmir, India.

Trekking the Himalayas.

I’ve been staying in the town of Srinagar, Kashmir for the past week with a local family.  After a few days, I worked out a deal with a man who organizes treks into the Himalayas.  I offered to build him a website, develop an online business persona, and give him the tools necessary to grow his business through digital branding.  In exchange for this, I was taken into the mountains 2 hours from Srinagar and left with a local named Amjid who would be my guide and host for the next several days.

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My host and guide, Amjid.

Living in rural Kashmir.

Life in the small village was simple and humble.  Multiple generations of family live under the same roof, share meals together, and spend their free time drinking tea and chatting.  It seemed as if everybody had all of the free time in the world.  Their basic needs were met by growing their own food, raising their own animals, and the river flowed nearby to provide all of the water they could possibly want.

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Drinking tea and cooking up a feast.

Things I really liked about the experience.

  • Spending time with the local residents and learning about their way of life.
  • Showing the photos I took to the people who lived there and understanding their pleasure without knowing the words.
  • Seeing pristine beauty in the foothills of the Himalayas.
  • Hearing the woman I stayed with yelling at her children in her native tongue.  It sounded incredible and made me smile every time.

Things I didn’t really like about the experience.

  • I couldn’t go anywhere without my guide following along.  It means a lot to me to be able to get lost in foreign places.
  • Not having anytime alone.  There was always someone coming in and trying to be helpful, but just annoying me.
  • Not being in control of what we did.  He was there to make sure my experience was good, but I felt like I was on leash.
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“Excuse me sir, would you like some tea?”

Overall the experience was positive.  I hope to do more work with the company as they grow.  I’d love to be able to come back and spend more time in the mountains.  There are some incredible things to see if only I had more time to go on the 10 day+ treks deep into the mountains.

105 Photos from my trek in Kashmir, India.

  • Rob Cochran

    Beautiful pictures, Chuck! I feel like I’m with you in some way. :)

    • http://chuckmanley.com/ Chuck Manley

      You’re always in my heart, Rob!