Paradise on Earth

May 8, 2010

A stream flows down from the nearby snow-capped mountains. - Aru Valley, Kashmir, India - Daily Travel Photos
(Aru Valley, Kashmir, India)
f/16 ▪ 0.6s ▪ @20mm ▪ ISO50 ▪ Canon 5D ▪ Canon 17-40mm f/4
License This Image

and similar images at

Dreamstime Microstock Agency Logo

and

Shutterstock Microstock Agency Logo

A stream flows from the nearby snow-capped mountains.

Hands down, the Aru Valley is one of the most naturally beautiful locales in India. More Switzerland than India, the area outside of Pahalgam is largely unvisited by Indian tourists and has therefore been left relatively free of discarded Kurkure snack packagings and spent cigarette packets. Surely this won't last long so while you still have a chance at seeing unmarred nature, take the arduous journey beyond Pahalgam into the surrounding mountains. Leave the Kurkure snacks in Delhi.

Welcome again to archive photos (on the weekends). We've left Srinagar - photographically speaking - and now travel a few hours south to Aru Valley.

aru valley kashmir
An open field looking up to the surrounding snow-capped mountains. - Aru Valley, Kashmir, India - Daily Travel Photos
(Aru Valley, Kashmir, India)
f/11 ▪ 1/100s ▪ @17mm ▪ ISO200 ▪ Canon 5D ▪ Canon 17-40mm f/4
License This Image

and similar images at

Dreamstime Microstock Agency Logo

and

Shutterstock Microstock Agency Logo

An open field looking up to the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Aru Valley: it's the stuff of fairy tales. I just wish I hadn't come down hard with bronchitis during my stay. Otherwise, I would've taken a far more photos and been able to trek around further than a few hundred yards past my guesthouse.

kashmir nature

2 Comments - Paradise on Earth

1) Holgs -

Particularly like the first shot... get wet taking it?

May 9, 2010
2) TravelGuy -

Thanks, Holgs. By 'wet', if you mean, did I submerge myself up to my knees in 0°C water, the answer is yes. Lost all feeling for a good two hours afterwards.

May 9, 2010

(required)