Thursday, 30 April 2015

V for Vagabonds - the Gaddis

This post is written for A to Z Challenge.

V for Vagabonds - the Gaddis

We all have heard about Gaddis. They are rare nomadic tribes found in HP & JK mostly dependent upon rearing of Sheep & Goat. 

They spent their summers in upper hills and when the winter falls the male folks move down hill along with the flock which is as big as 200 - 300 animals and keep on moving rearing there animals on the fields there on. I salute the endurance and stamina of these people. The just keep travelling for the six months and return only after March April. The view of the person with the herd is amazing. They normally keep one or two dogs in the herd that saves the otherwise tame animals from wild animals.

Starting October they can be seen in different parts of Chamba / Kullu / Kangra etc coming downhill and in March - April moving back to their hills with a smaller flock.


These Gaddis are mainly settled in the Ravi and Budil river basins in Bharmaur, and scattered across Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu districts on the outer foothills of the Dhauladhar mountains and also on the fringes of the Pir Panjal ranges. Their habitat offers breathtaking landscapes coloured with hills, cliffs, streams, rivulets and even thick jungles. A sizable number of Gaddi families have land and assets on either side of the Dhauladhars. 

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Aditya Sinha

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