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Kashmir is all set to host the famous Tulip Festival that will begin on April 3 to celebrate the arrival of spring and promote tourism in the state. This six-day festival will also see a lot of cultural activities to familiarise visitors with the valley’s rich old traditions. As per an official, the fest will be inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Deputy Director, Tourism and Publicity, Ideel Saleem said, “All arrangements are in place for the festival and we are looking forward to it”. Informing more about the festival, he said that there will be musical evenings, wherein national and local artists will also participate. There will be nearly 25 stalls that will display and promote the rich culture, cuisines, and crafts of Kashmir.
Preparations for sound and lighting systems near the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre are already under process. The Hari Parbat Fort will also be illuminated on the occasion.
Another tourism department official said that this is the perfect opportunity to display the diverse culture and cuisine of the valley. There will be a live exhibition of handicraft and handloom products all day long.
The official also said that promotional activities have already begun across the country to attract and inform tourists. Campaigns regarding the same are being held at all the prominent places such as metro stations and travel marts, among others.
The tourism department is planning another event, which will be a houseboat festival in the month of May.
“Houseboat is an icon of tourism and is one of the main attractions of the visitors to the valley. The festival will showcase the houseboats at the famous Dal Lake and promote them,” the Deputy Director said.