Two Gaddi boys leaving Kuarsi village in Chamba with their flock. Gaddis move between the southern plains of Punjab in the winter, and the high-altitude valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in summer.
Gaddis and their flock on their way towards to Indrahar Pass, the last pass in the Himalayas before reaching the southern plains. It is October and snow has already fallen on the pass.
Kisan Chand, a Gaddi shepherd from Dharamsala, sitting outside Naddi village on an November morning. He has just arrived from Indrahar Pass and is heading south for the winter.
Arjun, the star of the film ‘The Golden-Laden Sheep and Sacred Mountain’, a film about Gaddis and their belief systems. He is a real shepherd from the district Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.
A flock in Chamba district moving south for the winter.
Arjun’s workman resting on a rock in the forest. Gaddis work in groups as they need to protect their flocks from bears, leopards and human gangs of thieves.
Som, a Gaddi travelling south in a group of four shepherds, fours dogs and hundreds of sheep and goat. He is carrying everything he takes with him for his journey.
Arjun’s flock at Ilaka got, a grazing ground where Arjun stops for several weeks while waiting for the snow to melt on the mountains above.
Arjun’s workman with the flock, in a forest near Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
A shepherd from Naddi village watches his sheep as he waits for the sheep shearing to begin. Twice a year a government worker shears the sheep in the flock.
Shepherd at Ilaka got, or grazing ground, in the mountains above Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Arjun’s shelter at Ilaka, near Dharamsala. Gaddis carry tarpaulin and occasionally build temporary shelters in which they will cook and sleep.