"From each crocus flower patient hands will pluck three vivid garnet strands of saffron. An acre yields only a few pounds of the world's most costly spice. Lush fields and placid lakes once drew more than half a million tourists a year, but civil unrest has shattered Kashmir's calm and left tourism in shambles."
—From "Kashmir: Trapped in Conflict," September 1999, National Geographic magazine
Photograph by Steve McCurry