Kashmir is in its blazing autumn glory.
The Dal lake’s charming houseboats, the Chinar trees soaring towards the sky, the bloom in the saffron plantations—all slowly getting enveloped by the descending mist—make this Himalayan corner one of the world’s most scenic places. Its glory flames up further in October and November as leaves slowly turn golden-yellow and then shades of deep, fierce crimson, making the entire region look like it’s on fire.
But this year, it will all be in vain.
For almost five months now, a deep lull has set in across Kashmir due to the turbulence following the killing of a young militant, Burhan Wani, by Indian security forces. Since then, parts of the state have been locked down by intermittent periods of curfew.
In July, Kashmir saw 90% of its tourists flee due to the upheaval. All hotel reservations for the following months were canceled given the situation.
Here are some images of autumn in Kashmir over the recent years: