Photo Essay: Kashmir’s Floating Vegetable Market

Kashmiri photojournalist Hashim Ahmad Hakeem documents the Kashmir Floating Vegetable Market, the only market of its kind in Indian Administered Kashmir.


1Kashmir’s Floating Vegetable Market

Like the rowing shops in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam or Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok, the Kashmir Floating Vegetable Market is a central hub for produce vendors — and it offers a unique glimpse of life in Kashmir.

Kashmir is the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Historically, the term Kashmir was used to refer to the valley lying between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal range. Forming the backdrop of Kashmir, these snow-capped ranges make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairy tale. Dazzling rivers, serene lakes, splendid gardens, flowering meadows, etc are some other features of the landscape of the Kashmir valley. The breath-taking beauty of Kashmir has earned it the name of the “Switzerland of the East”.

The most magnificent district of Kashmir is Srinagar. It’s a combination of business center, holiday resort and the summer capital of the state. Adorned with lush green rice fields, blooming gardens, serene lakes, the unique houseboats and the famous Dal Lake.  Dal Lake is Srinagar’s jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountains.