As part of its efforts to revive tourism in the Kashmir Valley, the Jammu & Kashmir government is all set to organise 15-day Tulip Flower Festival at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar. This year, the festival to start on 1st April 2017 and will continue for 15 days.
Tulip festival is an annual event that is organized in Srinagar that happens to be one of the most amazing festivals of the state and country too. Usually the festival is organised in the month of April when the Tulips are at their full bloom. It is a real treat to the eyes as the garden is spread over 12 hectares of land at the foothills of Zabarwan overlooking the Dal Lake.
The festival was started in 2007 to promote tourism and has become an important part of the Jammu & Kashmir tourism. More than 60 varieties of tulips can be found at this festival. It resembles a beautiful carpet that has hundreds of colors and provides a heavenly view to the thousands of domestic and international tourists. Around 2 million tulip bulbs bloom here and proudly display their beauty to the tourists. The mega Tulip festival will be part of Bahaar-e-Kashmir (spring in Kashmir) event to showcase Asia’s largest tulip garden in the summer capital of Srinagar.
The Tulip Festival is majorly organised by the Tourism Department of Jammu & Kashmir along with many more activities such as handicrafts exhibitions, cultural evenings, authentic Kashmiri food items, etc. Tourists from all over the world come to experience the eye catching beauty of this festival. The festival represents a perfect blend of natural and cultural heritage. A lot more can be seen and done while visiting the festival such as kayaking and boat racing in the Dal Lake. On the sidelines of this mega festival, an ‘Aalmi Mushaira’ event will be held wherein world famous poets will enthrall the audience with their latest Urdu compositions.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden, previously Model Floriculture Center, is a tulip garden in Srinagar, India. It is the largest tulip garden in Asia spread over an area of about 12 hectares. It is situated on the foothills of Zabarwan Range with an overview of Dal Lake. The garden was opened in 2007 with the aim to boost floriculture and tourism in Kashmir Valley. The garden is ideally located between many other tourist attractions like Chashm-e-Shahi, Shalimar Garden and Nishat Garden. The garden has emerged as the most prominent tourist destination for both the locals and the tourist coming from outside the state and country.