Tulip garden in Indian Kashmir opens for tourists

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:51 GMT, Apr 2, 2017 |

Asia’s largest tulip garden in India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state opened for tourists on Saturday (April 01).

A large number of tourists thronged the garden to catch a glimpse of tulips which were seen in full bloom.

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan hill in capital Srinagar and overlooks the famous Dal lake. The garden opens for 15 days.

Reportedly, over two million tulips of 46 varieties have been planted in the garden spread over an area of 15 hectares.

By April, tulips are usually in full bloom in and around Srinagar, lending an ethereal atmosphere to the valley, which has been dubbed by many as Paradise on Earth.

The average life span of the tulip flower is three to four weeks but heavy rains or harsh summers can destroy them.

Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the tulip garden was opened in 2008 by the then state chief, Ghulam Nabi Azad.

More footfall is expected in the garden till April 15.

Kashmir is considered as one of the best tourist destinations, with the hospitality of the valley well-known that maintains the popularity of tourism sector.

Kashmir was once dubbed the Switzerland of the east. It was once Mecca for climbers, skiers, honeymooners and filmmakers drawn to the state’s soaring peaks, fruit orchards and timber houseboats bobbing on Dal Lake in Srinagar.