HIMALAYAS — Every spring, as the snow begins to melt in the Himalayan mountains, the Van Gujjar start walking.

The nomadic tribe, originally from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, have spread out across the range in search of rich forests and meadows for their cattle.

Each family gets a permit from the forest department to live inside a particular forest for a maximum of six months — and then they move again, typically moving three times a year.

This past May, I followed a family from this community of nomads as they traveled to the upper Himalayas with their cattle. Read more…

They were welcoming to the idea of me following them, but doubtful that a city girl would survive the journey.

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A photographer’s journey through the Himalayas with the Van Gujjar nomads