Recently the government opened two spring gardens in Kashmir valley to officially declare the spring season open here. First it was the almond garden or Badamveir, thrown open for the tourist and general public by the authorities as it attracts a lot of locals who come out after a long spell of winter chill to enjoy the fragrance of almond flowers.
Similarly, Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in the foothills of Zabarwan overlooking Dal Lake was thrown open for tourists and the people living here.
There is good news for the tourism industry as even during the winter months there has been a lot of footfall to Kashmir valley though most of it was for the Gulmarg ski resort.
However, the tourism is picking up though at a slow pace and the government along with stakeholders is trying their best to make the tourist season successful during the current year.
Despite the second wave of pandemic in many parts, there is a healthy footfall in Kashmir valley of the tourists though not on expected lines. The rush is not so heavy but at the same time there are visible tourists in Srinagar and other parts, bringing hope among the people that in the current season there would be some sort of relief to the tourism industry.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently tweeted the breath taking pictures of Tulip Garden and appealed to people to visit Kashmir to enjoy this spring season.