37 Breathtaking Photos Of Spring In Kashmir That Are Straight From Picture Postcards

06/04/2015 2:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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A honey beens sucks nectar out of a flower in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The worst of the devastating flood is over and spring is in the air in Jammu and Kashmir. The tulip fields, Asia's largest, are in full bloom, transforming the valley into a magical realm.

The mustard fields are a riot of golden and the hills are draped in snow. The photos contrast the death and destruction last week as incessant rains triggered flash floods in the state. Landslides in the valley have killed 17 people and hundreds have been left homeless.

These images are proof life goes on.

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    A tourist takes photos at the Tulip Garden in Siraj Bagh on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 4, 2015. Over 1.2 million tulip bulbs have been planted in the garden, in a bid to woo tourists to the region. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region claimed in full by both sides. AFP PHOTO/ Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A gardener tends to flowers at the Tulip Garden in Siraj Bagh on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 4, 2015. Over 1.2 million tulip bulbs have been planted in the garden, in a bid to woo tourists to the region. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region claimed in full by both sides. AFP PHOTO/ Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A gardener tends to flowers at the Tulip Garden in Siraj Bagh on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 4, 2015. Over 1.2 million tulip bulbs have been planted in the garden, in a bid to woo tourists to the region. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region claimed in full by both sides. AFP PHOTO/ Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of Dal Lake as water level has been increasing at Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. The water level of Dal Lake in the evening was 12.4 feet, which is over danger mark. According to experts, the water level in Dal is likely to increase till the level of water in river Jhelum decreases. The valley has been witnessing heavy rainfall, leading to a sudden surge in water level in rivers, streams and rivulets. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A Gardner gives finishing touches to Tulip Flowers at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A girl runs through the beds of Tulip Flowers at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
  • Hindustan Times via Getty Images
    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
  • Hindustan Times via Getty Images
    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A Gardner gives finishing touches to Tulip Flowers at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, INDIA - APRIL 4: A view of fully bloomed Tulips at the Asia's largest Tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake on April 4, 2015 in Srinagar, India. After a weeklong incessant rains in Kashmir valley The Tulip Garden will be thrown open for public on April 6. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A tourist poses for a photograph in front the Tulip flowers in full bloom in Siraj Bagh where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A women look towards flowers during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: Students gossip under almond trees in full bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: Tourists walk in front a tree in full bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A gardener works in Siraj Bagh Tulip garden where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A view of Tulip flowers in full bloom in Siraj Bagh where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A view of Tulip flowers in full bloom in Siraj Bagh where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A view of Tulip flowers in full bloom in Siraj Bagh where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 05: A view of Tulip flowers in full bloom in Siraj Bagh where more than 2 Million tulips are expected to bloom during spring season on April 05, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. With unprecedented rains in Kashmir extending beyond the usual winter months that end in February, thousands of tourists are expected to visit Asia's largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, as it be throw open for public tomorrow on April 6 and the tulips are expected to remain in full bloom till April. Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April when flowers are usually in full bloom. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims woman walks in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims women walk in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Kashmiri Muslim walks in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims walk in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A honey beens sucks nectar out of a flower in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims woman walk in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /ROUF BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A honey bee sucks nectar out of a flower in a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims walk alongside a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Kashmiri Muslims walk alongside a mustard field in full bloom on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2015. According to the Directorate of Agriculture of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir valley comprising six districts has an estimated area of 65 thousand hectares of paddy land under mustard cultivation, which is about 40 per cent of the total area under paddy. AFP PHOTO /ROUF BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Kashmiri fisherman throws his net into Dal lake during sunset in Srinagar on April 5, 2015.The sun shined in Kashmir valley after weeks of wet weather which had brought a flood-like situation in Kashmir while National Highway 1A, the only key road connecting Kashmir to the rest of the world, opened after week long. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Kashmiri fisherman paddles his boat on Dal Lake during sunset in Srinagar on April 5, 2015.The sun shined in Kashmir valley after weeks of wet weather which had brought a flood-like situation in Kashmir while National Highway 1A, the only key road connecting Kashmir to the rest of the world, opened after week long. AFP PHOTO /Rouf BHAT (Photo credit should read ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Kashmiri man walks past a mustard field as it rains on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mustard is the main winter crop in the Kashmir valley. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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    Kashmiri women carry cow dung to be used as fertilizer as they walk past a mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mustard is the main winter crop in the Kashmir valley. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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    A Kashmiri woman walks past a mustard field, carrying cow dung to be used as fertilizer, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mustard is the main winter crop in the Kashmir valley. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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