Badaam Wari Garden

Badamwari Garden is located in downtown Srinagar.It is one of the most prettiest sight to see in Spring where the Almond trees are in full bloom.Situated on foothills of Koh-e-Maran, the 300 kanals garden was dotted with trees, flowers and cascades providing a soothing experience to the visitors.

This is for all the crazy nature lovers…a place which cant be missed in spring n summer in Kashmir.

For centuries the Badam Wari was the first to reverberate with life with the onset of the spring season in Jammu and Kashmir.

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

The vast expanse of the almond garden would remain dotted with singing parties that would amuse visitors. People would bring their own food and share it with friends and visitors.

“That was a great tradition. Like all good things, the tradition of the Badam Wari also died in the mindless race for development”

“Most of the area that belonged to the almond garden in the city has been encroached upon with houses and shops.

“It is a pity that a magnificent festival was allowed to die an ignominious death,” said Ahmad, who remembers going to the great spring festival of the city with his father when he was a child.

But after 30 years, the Badam Wari has come to life again.

Though its original area could not be reclaimed, the J&K Bank with its heritage preservation trust has restored the larger parts of the Bagh-e-Waris Khan that formed a part of the vast almond garden in the good old days.

A group of folk singers has been brought here to recreate the semblance of the old tradition. Encouragingly, the effort has not gone unnoticed.

“The Badam Wari might never regain its old glory. Its encroached areas might never be reclaimed, but still it is a great feeling being here once again.

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