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.
Thanks Arun 🙂
Beautiful people and gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing this. Had never heard of them… I like how you have documented this.
Thanks Chaitali 🙂
Lovely Photo story on the Bakarwals….Would have liked to see some photographs of the interiors of their residence.
Thanks Amitabha, I would have loved to but did not try for the fear of invading their privacy.. they live in circular huts with stone walls and a thatched roof over the top.
That’s a great collection.
Such telling images Puru. And it great to see these people in their own surroundings.
Thanks D 🙂 More storied will come soon as I am back to blogging after a long sabbatical.
Gorgeous photos! Would like to know more about Bakarwals. Amazing how they live life with so little ‘material’. And here we are living materialistic life.
Thanks Nisha, they keep wandering from one place to another and are quite an interesting people. There is another race that lives there in remote locations called Dard who are believed to be from the Central Asian Aryan stock
Thanks Neha 🙂
What lovely photos shoot amazing….. Great job…..
so cool to see these faces 🙂
Thanks Daniel 🙂