Asia’s largest tulip garden has finally reopened after giving some final touches on the 23rd of March, 2022.
Situated in the foothills of the Zabarwan Range overlooking the beautiful Dal Lake, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was inaugurated in 2007 by Ghulam Nabi Azad with the intent to boost floriculture and tourism in the valley. Home to a whopping 15 lakh tulips of 60 different varieties, the garden is an inseparable and essential part of Kashmir tourism.
Spread over an expanse of 74 acres, the garden also features other flower species like daffodils, hyacinths, and ranunculus. And from this year, as open air cafeteria has been set up to cater to the tourists with snack and refreshments. And to top it all, a Sakura garden is being built towards the eastern side which will further adorn and beautify the garden.
After being shut for 9 months, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary A.K. Mehta recommenced the garden and added that they are all set for the upcoming annual Tulip Festival. Organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the Tulip Festival is an annual jamboree which marks the initiation of the tourism season. As part of the festival, one can witness cultural programmes, musical events and food fests.
The garden is open from 8 am to 7 pm on all days of the week. Now is the most ideal time to visit as the garden is open to the tourists till the end of April, since the tulips will be in full bloom till then. And since this period is the beginning of the travel season, there won’t be a huge number of people flocking which will enable you to witness the beauty and serenity of Kashmir tranquilly. Happy Travelling!!!