Summer is just about knocking at our doors with a whack, sending us scuttling for respite even before the mercury has risen to its true potential. In Kashmir, the onset of summer means different things – like the spring making the famous tulip garden in Srinagar dance in full bloom. The seven terraced garden sprawled over 30 hectares of land was set up in 2007 as a draw card to advance the commencement of the tourist season by two months. It is considered the biggest landscaping undertaken since the Mughals transformed the region’s vista in the 16th century.
Kashmir Tulip Garden – The Tulip Festival
Kashmir Tulip Garden is also famous for The Tulip Festival each year since its inauguration. The garden hosts the annual Tulip Festival to celebrate the blooming of these magnificent colour bulbs. The two-week long festival that commences sometimes between last week of March and early April is a one-of-its-kind opportunity to walkthrough sweet-smelling flowerbeds with over a million multi-coloured flowers running in parallel rows.
In addition to the standard tulips, you can also find a mix of exotic varieties, ranging from layered double bloom to fringed, dual coloured, Parrot Tulips resembling the plumage of tropical parrots, Rembrandt characterised by pale coloured bulbs and hybrid tulips.
This year the Tulip Festival commenced on March 25 and will remain open to public till April 14.
What’s New at the Tulip Festival 2018
The organisers have added some new attractions to the Tulip Garden this year that include different varieties of flowers such as Muscaria, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Narcissus and Iris, and more fountains and water channels to enhance the raw natural beauty of the place. Arrangements have also been made to make the destination more tourist-friendly, by offering free WiFi, water drinking points and washrooms, besides developing green spaces where visitors can relax and take in the hypnotic play of colours in the garden. Kiosks selling Kashmiri handicrafts, food stalls and souvenir shops have been set up along the outer periphery of the garden.
Getting There: The garden is 9 km from Srinagar and easily accessible from the airport. The route includes a drive along the Dal Lake.
Timings: Open all week from 9 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee: Rs 50 for adults, Rs 25 for children