Spring, probably the best season of the year, when arrives in Kashmir, heaven on Earth becomes nature’s canvas. During this time of the year, the entire world embraces the season of spring with tulip festivals, but the Tulip Festival In Kashmir stands out to everyone else. The blooming tulip flowers in Srinagar mark the beginning of spring.
While Kashmir’s beauty carries a torch for itself all over the world, the parallel rows of blooming bright-colored tulips are no less than the cherry on top of a delicious cake. And as spring is just around the corner, here is a comprehensive guide to give you a quick insight into the largest tulip festival in South Asia.
Tulip Festival is celebrated every year at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. Situated at the foothills of Zabarwan Range in Srinagar, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is Asia’s largest tulip garden that attracts people that have an interest in Floriculture. The tulip garden is spread across 30 hectares of land which gives a breathtaking view of the Dal Lake and snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. The tulip festival in Kashmir was started in 2007 to promote tourism in Kashmir Valley and it has done quite well since then.
A tulip festival is a must-attend event that shouldn’t be missed by nature lovers, fans, aficionados, flower enthusiasts, tulip lovers, and tourists worldwide. There is a wide variety of these spellbinding flowers; some of them are listed below that you should look out for.
1. Standard Tulips - that you can find at any florist.
2. Double Bloom - this one has many layers instead of just one petal.
3. Parrot Tulips - They look like ruffled petals in various hues resembling the plumage of a parrot.
4. Single Late Tulips - cup-shaped tulips with a wide variety of colors.
5. Lily - They have long and pointed petals with an arch at the tips.
6. Fringed - they have a fringy and frilly shape and edges.
7. Fosteriana - they have a pretty bud.
Let’s see how many can you spot!
Every year there is something new added to this festival of blooming flowers. Many interesting highlights have been added to this year’s avatar of the tulip festival.
1. More variety of flowers have been added this year which will amplify the beauty of this festival.
2. The authorities have introduced surplus facilities like free Wi-Fi and added more fountains, toilets, and water drinking points.
3. Ornamental plants like Daffodils, Narcissus, and Hyacinths are planted in the garden to add more beauty to the tulip festival in Kashmir.
4. Souvenirs, Kashmiri food, and handicrafts will be available to enjoy by the visitors at the decorated stalls outside the tulip garden.
Every festival has some interesting trivia associated with it that makes it stand out from all the other festivals. And there are amazing facts related to the tulip festival in Kashmir that few people know about. Here they are!
1. The tulip flowers planted in the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden were imported all the way from Holland.
2. The magnificent garden of tulips in Srinagar is designed in such a way that anyone can see the parallel rows of bright-colored tulips lined up in just one glimpse.
3. Carved out of seven terraces, the garden looks like a sloped ground which gives a view of the entire garden from all directions.
The tulip festival in Kashmir commences with the arrival of the spring season in the valley. This year the festival will be celebrated from April 1st to April 20th. The 20 days of celebration attracts nature lovers and floriculture enthusiasts to welcome the season of spring and to witness the blooming tulips.
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar is easily reachable from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Here are the details on how you can reach tulip festivals in Kashmir by the following means of public transport.
By Air. Deboard at the Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar. The airport is well-connected with major domestic destinations and is just 19 Kilometer away from the venue.
By Train. If you are thinking of traveling by train then you can reach deboard at Srinagar Railway Station. The distance between the Srinagar railhead and Tulip Garden is 18 Kilometers. Trains are frequent from major Indian railheads.
The ticket prices are very nominal to attend the festival. It costs INR 25 children and INR 50 for adults. And the exhibition of the colorful tulips starts at 9 AM in the morning and gates are closed at 7 PM in the evening.
April is just around the corner and you are still waiting to book your tickets? Get amazed by the magical beauty of the hued tulips at none other than our own tulip festival in Kashmir. If you are a true nature lover, then make sure to be part of this vibrant festival.
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