Spring was my favorite time of year in Kashmir. After a long cold winter the first signs of new growth among the trees, plants, and flowers were always a welcome sign. Kashmir is beautiful in the spring with its many gardens filled with flowers and the almond and cherry trees coming into bloom.

When you travel around the outskirts of Srinagar from the end of March through April you also will notice the bright yellow mustard fields. They are like yellow carpets spread throughout the valley announcing the arrival of spring. My family liked taking drives on the weekend to enjoy the scenic beauty of these fields.

Once I traveled from Delhi to Srinagar by road at the start of spring time in late March. After passing through the Banihal tunnel and beginning the descent into the Kashmir Valley this was the view that greeted travelers on the national highway:

First view into the Kashmir Valley in spring after passing through the Banihal tunnel on the national highway

Those yellow mustard fields are just beginning to dot the landscape and will brighten as the season moves along.

Below are some additional photos I took of the mustard fields in a few different places outside of Srinagar.

Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India
Bright yellow mustard fields in bloom during spring time in the Kashmir Valley, India