Almond Blossom In Kashmir

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The early bloom of flowers on Almond trees in the sprawling garden in Shahr-e-Khaas is a source of attraction for nature lovers and tourists, alike.

Historians maintain there is no record to suggest who laid the garden but they say it existed even before the rule of Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin in the 14th century.

A well covered dome in the garden is named after an Afghan Governor of Kashmir, Warris Khan.

The bloom on the Almond trees heralded the spring and marked the New Year for Kashmiris.

For centuries the Badam Waer was the first to reverberate with life with the onset of the spring season.

The people of Srinagar would assemble here to announce the arrival of the spring season – after braving the vagaries of a harsh winter – with music and mirth.

But with the passage of time, particularly during the past three decades, it has lost its glory.

Situated on foothills of Koh-e-Maran, the garden once dotted with trees, flowers and cascades which provided a soothing experience to the visitors has shrunk from hundreds of acres to the 300 kanals (37 Acres).

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and Heritage Trust, the garden was revived by the JK Bank and formally thrown open for public in 2008


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