Showcasing the heritage tourism potential of the beautiful village of Naranag in northern Kashmir, India
The settlement pattern of this village is no different from other highland habitats of Kashmir. The village comprises a series of sparsely populated Gujjar mud huts called kothas in neatly arranged rows following the slopes of mountains. Most of these dwellings are constructed in an aboriginal technique of cutting into mountain slopes. This makes them partially underground, in a way protecting them from mountain winds and plunging temperatures of winters. The main element of this type of construction is huge logs of deodar, placed one over another and, tied laterally at ends to form walls over which mud is plastered in order to cover the crevices. This also provides good insulation to the houses. Human and livestock share the same interior space within these dwellings which have a low roof height. Roof is supported on huge deodar beams which are covered by roughly finished wooden battens. This is covered by a thick layer of earth with an overgrowth of grass above.