Saffron fields in Pampore lure tourists to J&K

 Thursday, November 3, 2022 


Donning traditional dresses and enacting 16th century Kashmiri poetess and Queen Habba Khatoon, students from south Kashmir’s Pampore grabbed attention during the continuing saffron harvest for luring tourists for social media reels and exclusive experiences.

A college student said that these karewas or elevated table lands are home to Habba Khatoon. Saffron is not only a crop of Kashmir but also a source of poetry. The enactment is for luring tourists, so that they can enjoy the harvest season.

The Kashmir tourism department had asked students and local farmers to take part in the saffron festival held in Pampore’s Ladoo area on Tuesday to bring the entire process of saffron farming into spotlight. Chorus traditional songs while picking these flowers were also played during the occasion.

Nowadays, rows of purple flowers of saffron, a spice used a lot throughout India, can be seen in the vast rolling highlands of Pampore. There is a cheerful look with several family members assembling together to pick flowers and separate the petals from stigmas or the thread-like parts. Around 30,000 families residing in 226 villages, with around 90% of them living in Pampore, are related to the spice business.

For the tourism department, the picture of purple saffron fields would surely add to the list of spots frequented by prospective tourists, with Kashmir already witnessing the highest 22 lakh tourists this year.

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