Asia’s largest tulip garden festival is now open for the public in Srinagar on Sunday (March 19). It is located between Dal Lake and the Zabarwan hills.
Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar. (Photo courtesy: PTI)
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Asia’s largest tulip garden, opened on Sunday (March 19) for visitors to admire the beautiful flowers.
The garden, which is located in Srinagar between Dal Lake and the Zabarwan hills, has over 1.5 million (15 lakh) tulips of various colours and hues.
Aside from a beautiful display of tulips, the garden, formerly known as Siraj Bagh, also has hyacinths, daffodils, muscari, and cyclamens.
The Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden opened on Sunday in Srinagar. (Photo courtesy: PTI)
“Preparations like gardening, engineering, fungicide treatment, nutrient spraying, and minor repair that we do before the tulip show are going on,” said Inam-ul-Rehman, who is in charge of the garden.
Hundreds of gardeners worked tirelessly to prepare the garden for its grand opening on Sunday. Although the tulip blooms are only on display for three to five days, the ground staff works hard all year to ensure that the quality of the bulbs is maintained year after year, according to the in-charge.
The garden has over 1.5 million (15 lakh) tulips of various colours and hues. (Photo courtesy: PTI)
The garden, according to the Srinagar tourist website, was established in 2007 with the goal of promoting floriculture and tourism in the Kashmir Valley. It is constructed in a terraced fashion on sloping ground, with seven terraces. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is 30 hectares in size.
The tulip festival is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the variety of flowers in the garden as part of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism efforts. Every year, it is also held at the start of the spring season.
How to reach Srinagar’s Tulip Garden?
- By air: The tulip garden is 22 km from Sheikh ul Alam International Airport.
- By train: It is 18 km from Srinagar Railway Station.
- By road: If you’re taking a cab, then the garden is 8 km from Lalchowk in Srinagar.