SRINAGAR: The first to bloom, almond flowers, have marked the arrival of spring in Badamwari and the garden was thrown open for visitors on Thursday.
Almond tree is the first fruit tree to flower in the early spring months. The white and pink flowers with a unique aroma attract the nature lovers and visitors from all over.
Situated on the foothills of Koh-e-Maran, the 300 kanals almond garden locally known as Badamwari is dotted with around 1500 almond trees in different varieties.
Though predominantly an almond garden, the garden also exhibits a wide variety of colourful flowers.
Often called as harbinger of spring, Forsythia is the first flower to bloom among the sprawling almond trees in the Badamwari.
Director Floriculture Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Rather said the garden will be in its full glory in a week’s time and will witness full bloom.
He said the tourists have already started thronging the place and they are hopeful of having a jam packed spring season in Badamwari this year.
“As of now only 20 percent of almond trees are in bloom but in a few days the garden will witness complete bloom. Apart from almonds, different varieties of flowers are also present which make the garden more breathtaking and colourful,” he added.
Director Floriculture further said, “Badamwari has a very rich legacy and we want to preserve the same. More and more people should visit Badamwari like they visit tulip garden every year,” he said.