Kashmir will host a six-day ‘Tulip Festival’ next month to celebrate the arrival of spring, promote tourism, and familiarise visitors with the Valley’s rich culture and tradition, an official said on Sunday.

The festival, beginning April 3, will be inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

“All arrangements are in place for the festival and we are looking forward to it,” Ideel Saleem, Deputy Director, Tourism and Publicity, said.

A host of activities, including cultural shows and musical evenings, will be held during the festival. Around 25 stalls would be set up to display and promote the rich traditions, culture, cuisines and crafts of the Valley, the deputy director said.

Another Tourism Department official said the festival would present a unique opportunity to display the diverse culture and cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir.

A live exhibition of handicraft and handloom products along with a slew of cultural activities would be held during the festival, he said.

The official said pan-India promotional activity had been taken up and enthusiastic campaigns to lure tourists were being held at prominent places, including metro stations, travel marts and other public places. 

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