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Almond harvest makes for enchanting sight in Kashmir valley

A man pushes a handcart under a full bloomed almond tree inside Baadam Vaer (almond garden) in Srinagar March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)
A man pushes a handcart under a full bloomed almond tree inside Baadam Vaer (almond garden) in Srinagar March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)

Srinagar : With the onset of spring, almond harvest is in full swing in the Kashmir valley.

After three months of bone-chilling cold, when locals swathe themselves with woollens and stay mostly indoors, the arrival of spring is celebrated with music, song and festivity.

The white and pink flowers on the almond trees present an enchanting sight for tourists visiting the state.

It is equally popular among the locals who throng ‘Badamwari’ or almond garden to see the beautiful sight and click photographs.

“It is very important that the weather and climate has to be good for tourism in Kashmir. Fortunately, tourists come here and enjoy the weather,” said a tour operator, Imtiyaz Ahmad.

Tourists from all parts of the country come to Kashmir valley to enjoy the beautiful sight during the spring season.

A tourist from Mumbai, Sharmista Patil added, “We are taking back the memories of those white almond flowers. The gardens and flowers here are so pretty that we feel like coming back again.”

Jammu and Kashmir contributes around three per cent to the national fruit produce. (ANI)

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