What is the speciality of Asia's largest Tulip Garden?
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The entry fee is only INR 50 for adults and INR 25 for children. The reason you should visit this place, is to, check with nature's beauty in its full glory in the form of most beautiful tulip flowers in the world in different colors. The scenic beauty that the garden creates, with mountains all around, pleasant weather, and flowers in the middle, is simply awesome and mesmerizing to the eyes. If you still haven't visited Switzerland yet, then somewhat you can experience it here in this Tulip Garden.
Foothill is a low hill at the base of a mountain, and Tulip Garden is located at the foothills of Zabarwan range of mountains in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Dal Lake is famous in Srinagar, and tulip garden lies on the banks of Dal Lake. There is a specific date (which is fixed earlier), in the month of April, when the grand opening of this garden has to happen every year. If you can keep track of this date, it would be wise to visit this garden at the opening day, as on that day Kashmiri traditional folk dancers (wearing colorful dresses) (see picture below) perform for the season's opening, and it adds to the beauty of the garden.
In the year 2015 the tulip garden opened on 6th April. But the opening date is not fixed every year, and it depends on when the tulips are in full bloom. However, the news about the 'opening date declaration' of the garden will appear in the local newspapers, and local television channels, and usually the yearly inauguration of the Tulip Garden is done by the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir. Here is a nice documentary on youtube video by Khoj India TV on the Tulip Garden in Srinagar.
Spring season is the best known season for the blossoming of tulip flowers. Spring season is the season, following the winter and preceding the summer. Department of Horticulture of Kashmir is responsible for growing of tulips in the tulip garden, and they do this by importing tulip bulbs from the country of Holland, as Holland is the major exporter of tulip bulbs. Tulip bulbs are actually the seeds, used to grow tulip plants, where the tulip flowers come out during the bloom (bulb maturity). According to Department of floriculture of Kashmir, in the year 2007 total 12 lac tulip bulbs were sown in tulip garden, out of which 9 lac were imported from Holland.
Bulbs were sown during November 2007 to January 2008 which bloomed during March, 2008 and bloom lasted for about 4 weeks. Due to problems of cold storage, India needs to import tulip bulbs from Holland, as the bulbs don't sustain their usability for long without cold stores. To know more about, how it all started the cultivation of tulip flowers in Srinagar, visit the official website of Department of floriculture.
There are many other tourist attractions in Srinagar, other than the Tulip Garden, such as Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Harwan Garden, Challi Point, Pari Mahal, Nehru Garden, Wular Lake, Nishat Bagh etc. To know more about these places you can visit ixigo.com . To reach Srinagar, flights can be booked online on sites like makemytrip.com from all major cities of India including New Delhi.
Photo of traditional folk dancers of Jammu & Kashmir
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