Tulip Garden is known to be the largest in Asia. Photos: Umar Ganie
Sakeena Banday, Gulf Today
Tulip festival is the biggest draw for tourists every year. The picturesque and colourful tulip beds mesmerise the tourists in all their grandeur and mark the spring beauty in the valley.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department is celebrating the Tulip festival at the garden from Thursday to promote tourism in the valley after a pandemic-destroyed year.
Bright sunshine greeted people on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh after four days as the meteorological (MET) department forecast dry weather till the weekend.
The Tulip festival, organised at the onset of spring season in the Valley, is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the range of flowers in the garden as part of tourism efforts by the government of Jammu and Kashmir.
This year, over 4.6 lakh tulip bulbs were brought from Holland, which has the world's biggest flower bulb market.
It was a good omen for this year's tourism in Kashmir as the Srinagar Tulip Garden was thrown open to the public.
The tulip garden is located at the foothills of Zaberwan range with an overview of Dal Lake and is the largest tulip garden in Asia. It is spread over an area of about 30 hectares.
Fifteen lakh tulips of more than 64 varieties are in bloom at the garden while flowers of other species like hyacinths, daffodils and ranunculus are also in blossom on the sidelines of the Tulip Garden.
The garden was opened in 2007 with the aim to boost floriculture and tourism in the Kashmir Valley.
The garden is built on a sloping ground in a terraced fashion consisting of seven terraces. Apart from tulips, many other species of flowers like hyacinths, daffodils and ranunculus have been added.
The festival is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the range of flowers in the garden as a part of tourism efforts. It is organised during the onset of the spring season in Kashmir valley.
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