British Family At Dal Lake Colonial Era – Old Photo 1895
This is an old 1895 photo of a British family at Dal Lake in Kashmir India. “Dal Lake May 7 95” is marked on the back. Shows a group of British families at a campsite near the Lake although the lake is not visible in the photo. Notice also the Indian servants, and the many tents.
There were tents for cooking purposes and for servants living quarters. This was a regular feature with the Europeans travelling to cooler places such as Simla, Kashmir, Mussoorie, Dehra Doon, and so on in northern India. And Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar, and so on in the south. It may be of little wonder that many Britishers were not keen on India’s independence.
The picture speaks a lot about Britishers leading a fancy life in India. View the lushness of the huge trees perhaps Walnut or Chinar that were once abundant in Kashmir. Unfortunately, modernisation and haphazard tourism are taking a toll, the greenery seems to be vanishing fast today in the country.
Did you know- Dal Lake is the second largest one in Jammu and Kashmir, Wular is the Largest.
From my collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph c1894., c1845 Bombay Overlooking Fort Steel Engraved Print., Antique Print- Plan of Fort St George & Madras c1746., c1908 Picture Postcard Of Bombay Soldier With Ode