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.

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2Vegetable Sellers of Dal Lake

In the wee hours, vegetable cultivators of Dal Lake assemble with fresh loaded vegetables at a place, locally known as “Gudher”, which means Gathering. The market remains open 365 days a year.

Flotillas of gaily painted shikaras (flat-bottomed boat ) skiff around the lake, transporting goods to market, children to school and travelers from houseboat to shore.