New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- : Taking a dig at the Jammu and Kashmir administration for not allowing him to visit Srinagar, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday said he has seen "such hospitality for the first time".

Sharma was part of a delegation of Opposition leaders who went to Srinagar to see the ground reality after the repeal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir but were not allowed to go outside the airport and were subsequently sent back to the national capital.

"I have seen such hospitality for the first time -- first invite, then detain," Sharma said here upon his return from the Valley.

The Congress leader said that the restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir were posing a "big challenge for Indian democracy."