GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTY OF AFGHANISTAN & ITS PEOPLE, PART 1 » FOR USE WITH FEATURE STORY KASHMIR SAFFRON.

Kashmir’s famous saffron flowers are in full bloom on a cold morning in Pampore, 19 km (12 miles) south of Srinagar. The reddish Stigmas of the flower are handpicked and sun-dried before they find their way to the market in the winter months of December. Picture taken on November 4, 2003 FOR USE WITH FEATURE KASHMIR-SAFFRON NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli FK/DL

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