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The meadows of Kashmir

Kashmiri Bakarwals bring down goats and lambs from a vehicle after crossing a stretch of bad road as they are too young to travel long distances on foot, near Dubgan, 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Srinagar. Bakarwals are nomadic herders of India's Jammu-Kashmir state who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle. Every year in April-May more than one hundred thousand people from the nomadic Bakarwal tribes arrive in the meadows of Kashmir and parts of Ladakh from areas of the Jammu region with their flocks of cattle and sheep. After crossing snowy mountains with their cattle and belongings, Kashmir valley's lush green meadows become their home from April to September, after which they begin their return journey. This seasonal shifting of âhomesâ ensures a regular flow of income for the families.

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