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PHOTOS: A flowery delight at Srinagar tulip garden

Last updated on: March 30, 2012 08:19 IST

PHOTOS: A flowery delight at Srinagar tulip garden

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

Kashmir's tulip garden was thrown open to public on Thursday by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

The garden, Asia's largest tulip garden is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range overlooking the world famous Dal Lake in the heart of capital Srinagar.

The garden which presents a rash of scintillating colours sports over a million tulips of possibly of all shades and colours.

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Image: Tourists at the Tulip garden in Srinagar
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The terraced garden with tulips in bloom has a mesmerising effect on the visitors, tourists and locals.

The garden saw a great rush of people immediately after it was thrown open. The visitors included both locals as well tourist presently holidaying in Kashmir.

The tulip garden has been named after the late former prime minister Indira Gandhi and was commissioned by the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in April 2008.

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The garden now prides itself with over a million tulips directly imported from Holland, the home of tulips. Its size according to Javed Ahmad Shah, the incharge of the garden, is now around 12 hectares and is poised to grow further in coming years.

The garden has also acquired additional attractions of fountains and some shade trees.

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The gardens management apart from earning revenues from the entry fee, which is Rs 50 for adults and Rs 20 for children, has multiplied the revenue generation by rearing tulips as cut flowers under controlled conditions and marketing these both in and outside the country.

The first such consignment was marketed in Mumbai on Christmas 2011 and continued the effort on Valentine Day in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Consignments of the cut flowers have also been sent to gulf countries for marketing.

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Image: J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at the Tulip garden
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A lady walks through the tulip garden as security personnel keep a close watch.

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A child gets photographed at the garden.


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