Asia’s biggest tulip garden opens for visitors in Kashmir

Kashmir Magazine

Srinagar: Asia’s biggest tulip garden has been opened for visitors in Kashmir on Sunday (Mar 31).

The beautiful garden cradled in the gentle slopes of the mighty Zabarwan hills in capital Srinagar, was visited by thousands of tourists and locals today.

Jammu & Kashmir’s Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, who is also Advisor incharge of Floriculture and Tourism Departments has expressed the hope that Srinagar Tulip Garden will attract tourists from outside the State and thereby boost the tourism sector in the state.

Where is the garden located?

The garden is located from 9 kilometers from the Srinagar city centre along the soothing Dal Lake towards the north-east. The garden is flanked by a manicured lush green golf course in the south and the pristine Dal Lake almost washes its entrance to the west.

Antiquity and an ambience of timeless regality are bestowed by the nearby Chashme Shahi and Pari Mahal complexes to this Tulip Garden.

How big is the garden?

The Tulip garden has been created by carving out seven terraces on a gentle sloping ground; a move in any direction leaves us spell bound by the multi tier flowers.

What all is in and around the garden?

A gentle uphill climb brings us to the delightful fruit trees that dot the rim of this garden. The slender branches of these trees are covered with different coloured buds and flowers. Since these trees at this time have not yet re-grown their leaves after the winter; the abundant luscious flowers look divine when viewed against a dazzling blue sky.

Beyond the trees, further upslope, the Pari Mahal benignly smiles at the tulip scapes, much like an aging queen smilingly admires her feminine progeny coming of age.

Gazing downhill the eye runs along the striped mosaic of tulips, created by compactly laid complimentary and contrasting colored flowers that appear to reach all the way down to the shore of the Dal Lake.

In addition to tulips the other bulbs material grown in the garden include Hyacinths, Narcissus, Daffodils, Muscaria and Iris.

How to get there?

Taxis, auto rickshas and even public buses can take you there easily.

Is there an entry fee? Yes there is an entry fee. The entry fee to the gardens is Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 25 for children.

What is a good time to go to the garden?

The flowers bloom at the garden remains only for about 15 -30 days in a year.

This year the bloom has started on Ist of April and is expected to last until April ending. 

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