In a bid to attract tourists from across the country and abroad, Asia’s largest tulip garden in Kashmir was thrown open to public on Monday.
J-K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed inaugurated the tulip garden that would showcase 10 lakh tulips this year.
The tulip garden, which is located on the foothills of Zabarwan hill and overlooking the picturesque Dal Lake, would remain open to visitors for around one month. Last year the garden opened to public on April 5.
“We have imported 3 lakh tulips this year. There are 10 lakh tulip flowers present in the garden this season,” said Director Floriculture Kashmir, Sunil Misri. “Tulips that have bloomed now are early variants, while the mid and late tulips would bloom later.”
He said that 35% of tulips have bloomed so far. “We use three types of tulip variants so that they last long and people can visit here in large numbers,” he said.
Sunil said that the 53 tulip variants have been put on display in the garden. “We have procured 22 varieties in which three varieties have been introduced for the first time in Kashmir,” he said.
Last week’s incessant rains, have not delayed the opening of the tulip garden. “There was no impact of incessant rains on the opening,” the director said. “Every year it is thrown open in the first week of April.”
Soon after it opened, tourists thronged the garden in large numbers.
“I feel amazing to see this beautiful garden,” said Rajni Arora, a tourist from New Delhi. “I am very lucky that I am visiting Kashmir, at a time when this tulip garden has been thrown open.”