Bakarwals are nomadic tribal spread across the Pir Panjal and Himalayas and are mostly shepherds. They live in tents and keep moving from one place to another. The dera is the basic unit of social setup among the Bakarwals and they define their households in terms of the deras. Their language is also known as Parimu or Hindki and is very different from the Kashmiri and the Dogri languages. They are largely Muslims, do not intermix with Kashmiris and are generally good natured and friendly in their own way.
While passing through Gumri and Mughalpura, we came across two deras of Bakarwals and spent some time with them. Their sharp features are quite remarkable and it was a great experience capturing their lives in our frames.