A dry winter spell is showcasing the impact of climate change in Kashmir. The once snow-capped locations lie bare this year, even during the harshest 40-day winter period known as Chillai Kalan. Here are pictures of drastic changes in the region.
The upper reaches of Astanmarg in Srinagar covered with snow last winter. Photo By: Numan Bhat
In complete contrast, mountains in Kashmir have no snow cover this winter. Photo: Mehroob Mushtaq
The dry cold has frozen waterbodies this time. Here, tourists enjoy ice skating in Gulmarg despite the absence of snowfall. Photo: Mehroob Mushtaq
Last year, children could be seen having snowball fights. Photo: Mehroob Mushtaq
This winter, instead of snowball fights, youths are playing footfall on dry grounds. Photo: Numan Bhat
A wide view of a houseboat on the dried-up riverbed of the Jhelum river in Srinagar. Photo: Mehroob Mushtaq
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