The spectrum of stunning landscapes in Jammu and Kashmir can seem unending. Obviously, paeans have been composed to the more popular travel spots in the region, every visit to the state unearths a less explored treasure, untouched by modernity.
One such instance is the valley of Lolab, which has been immortalised in the works of Kashmiri poet Allama Iqbal. Marked by stunning meadows and dense forests, the valley’s beauty owes itself to its lifeline, Lahwal river. Life in Lolab embraces the leisure and warmth of a rural existence.
During harvest season, families gather in paddy fields and enjoy hot cups of tea poured from copper samovars. Lolab Valley is a three-hour drive (114 km) from Srinagar and the best time to visit is between June and September.
Mayank Soni is a travel and documentary photographer with a keen interest in tribal culture. He loves places one can explore on foot. When not actually in the field, he annoys librarians with his ever-increasing list of research books.