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A walk amid J-K's Tulip Garden

April 06, 2021 08:10 IST
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Asia’s largest tulip garden overlooking the Dal Lake in Srinagar has been thrown open to the public, marking the beginning of the new tourism season in the valley.

Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the Tulip Garden was opened in 2008 by then chief minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state Ghulam Nabi Azad.

 

The idea of the garden, spread over 30 hectares in the foothills of snow-clad Zabarwan range, was conceived to advance the tourism season in the valley by two months.

Surrounded by tulips of myriad colours, a woman clicks a selfie. Photograph: ANI Photo

The garden houses more than 15 lakh flowers of more than 64 varieties in bloom. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

Red, white, purple.... Tulips of all colours make the garden a beautiful sight to behold. Photograph: ANI Photo

The garden is perched at the foothills of Zabarwan range overlooking the picturesque Dal Lake. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

The average life of a tulip flower is 20 days and can stretch to a maximum of 25 with overall bloom getting extended by adding late-blooming varieties of tulips. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

This year, an additional two lakh bulbs have been added to the 30-hectare terracing garden at Siraj Bagh in Srinagar than last year when the bloom of 13 lakh (1.3 million) tulips had quietly withered away without catching an eye of any visitor due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

Last year, around 1.3 million tulips bloomed in the garden. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

The garden is not all about flowers, it is about throwing open job opportunities for the people and providing livelihood to hoteliers, restaurant owners and footpath vendors. Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com
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