Uttarakhand Stories

11 Rare and Unseen Pictures of Uttarakhand: Then and Now

by Pragati Chauhan
Jun 14, 2016

‘The Abode of Gods’ Uttarakhand has been tempting the wanderers, mystics and globe-trotters from years because of its unparallel beauty that outshines at par. But have you ever imagined how much beautiful our heavenly state would have been in the black and white era? If not then check out these dusty pictures of Uttarakhand which will surely take your breath away by its virgin beauty.

Srinagar Garhwal in 1780’s

Srinagar,_Garhwal,_19th_century

A Painting of a Rope bridge across Alaknanda River, Srinagar, in the times of Garhwal Kingdom, 1784-94. Photo Src: British Library

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Photo by Jeetendra Karki

Photo by Jeetendra Karki

Mussoorie in 1865

Mussoorie

Mussoorie, distant view, 1865. Photo Src: British Library

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Photo by Bhaji Mahar

Photo by Bhaji Mahar

Nainital in 1885

Nainital in 1885

Nainital in 1885. Photo Src: Wikimedia Commons.

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Photo by Bhupendra Mehra

Photo by Bhupendra Mehra

Kedarnath Temple in 1882

Kedarnath Temple in 1882

Kedarnath Temple in 1882. Photo Src: portal.gsi.gov.in

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Kedarnath

Photo by Priyank Dobhal

Badrinath Temple near Alaknanda River in 1906

Badrinath in 1906

Badrinath in 1906. Photo Src: amardevsingh

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Photo by Prakrti Negi

Photo by Prakrti Negi

Har – ki – Pauri, Haridwar in 1930’s

Har ki Pauri Haridwar in 1930s

Har ki Pauri Haridwar in 1930’s. Photo Src: Wikipedia.org

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Photo by Pradyut

Photo by Pradyut

Around Almora in 1880’s

Rare picture of Almora

Somewhere around Almora in the 1880’s. Photo src: eBay

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Source

Almora has grown rapidly in terms of population in the past few years [Source]

Hills of Ranikhet in 1946

Rare picture of Ranikhet

Women going through a Hill Path. Src: eBay

one more….
Rare picture of Ranikhet

Entrance to Ranikhet Bazaar. Photo src: eBay

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Main Market - Ranikhet.

Main Market – Ranikhet.

Haridwar Railway station in 1938

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Photo src: Timescontent

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Photo Src: myyatradiary

Photo Src: myyatradiary

Jhanda Saheb Gurudwara in 1857

Jhanda Sahed old and rare picture

Guru Nanak’s Temple (Jhanda Saheb) – Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Photo Src: National Gallery of Canada

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Gaumukh and Gangotri Glacier in 1860’s

Old picture of Gaumukh

Pic Source: British Library

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Photo Src: world-2r.blogspot.in

Due to climate change, the glacier is melting at fast pace. Photo Src: world-2r.blogspot.in

Research by: Manoj Bhandari

Pragati Chauhan

Pragati Chauhan

A writer by profession, thinker by choice and a nature lover since birth. I have always loved expressing myself through words, I believe words have a certain kind of melody which can be understood by anybody.

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10 Responses


Abhishek kumar Singh Says

I too loves nature
Best of all things in world….
Some best places i visited is rishikesh…haridwar…haldwani area….here in uknd….

Dipak Sengupta Says

Excellent collection.

Rahul Kohli Says

These are some really interesting photographs you have put together of Uttarakhand.

Prathap Says

The comparison is not at all shown here. This is not acceptable. By the way the Uttarakhand has lost its natural beauty in all the hillstation.

Siddarth Pradhan Says

Fantastic …
Only wished the new pics should have tried to angle their shot from approx the same direction to get a sense of ” now and then”

Paddy Deol Says

Thanks for such rare and authentic pictures. Appreciate the hard work and passion.

Pragati Chauhan Says

P.S.- We don’t have the authority to publish copyright images. Those which were available we had already posted that but the one’s which weren’t available, we have posted the picture of its nearby location so that one can easily figure out how the place/destination looks today.

Nitish Negi Says

You could have at least added the pictures of the same hill/landscape to show the comparison.

Pragati Chauhan Says

True :)

anil singh negi Says

simply beautiful and mesmerizing….