By describing Tulips as ‘icing on the cake’ in the ‘city of gardens and flowers’, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Monday turned up at Zabarwan foothills with his better half to inaugurate the spring garden. Amid colourful flowers, CM Mufti exudes confidence on “peaceful” Kashmir. With PDP patron’s signature silence paving way for boastful tourism talk, Bilal Bahadur captures the colour inside the garden
Throwing open the Tulip Garden in Srinagar on Monday, CM Mufti blamed the national media for slumping spring tourist rush.
And then, he said: “We are making efforts to ensure that tourists visit Kashmir in record numbers this year.”
“This place is as peaceful as any other place in the country. Tourists must come here to see the beauty of the place…”
Spread over 30 hectares by the banks of the Dal Lake and in the foothills of Zabarwan mountains, Srinagar’s Tulip Garden is Asia’s largest tulip garden.
With 53 varieties of flowers this time in the garden and more than one million tulips are already in bloom, the govt informs.
“We imported 300,000 tulip bulbs from Holland this year.”
The garden remains in bloom for nearly a month each year depending on temperature and moisture. Ideal temperature is 15 to 16 degrees with frequent drizzle.
Last year 160,000 tourists visited the garden.
The opening of the garden usually marks the advent of tourist season in Kashmir valley.
Usually thrown open for locals and tourists in last week of March, its inauguration was slightly delayed due to incessant rains that lashed Kashmir valley for most part of last week.
More than 2 lakh tourists and locals are expected to visit the Tulip Garden this season.