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Asia’s Largest Tulip Festival

tulip_garden Srinagar
Tulip Garden in Srinagar

In the first two weeks of April Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden opens its gate for Asia’s largest tulip festival. The department of horticulture in Kashmir, takes care of the gardens and organises the festival. Tulip festival offers an extraordinary sight, hosting more than 60 varieties of Tulips some of which are even imported. The breathtaking beauty of garden is spread over an area of 5 acres that creates a riot of reds, yellows, pinks, whites and the most spectacular of blues and purples. The festivals also feature a number of cultural programs, sale of local handicrafts, Kashmiri folk songs and other forms of arts.

What you need to know before going there:

The flowers bloom only for about 15 days in a year. Depending on the temperature, the blooms may be delayed or arrive early. It is therefore better to make preparations for your visit in advance by checking the dates of the festival closer to the expected time, between end of March and early April. A walk in the Tulip Garden in Kashmir will stay with you longer than you expect.

When and where:

Tulip Festival is organized in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, in Srinagar, Kashmir, in the first two week of April, the dates generally vary depending on when the tulips are in full bloom.

Getting there:

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is located at Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi, in the capital Srinagar, right between the Moghul gardens and Nishat Bagh. It is a very popular location and easily accessible by road.

Other local attractions:

Srinagar known for its splendid beauty is one of the most visited hill station in India . The city is famous for its gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. Dal Lake is one of the most travelled to place in Srinagar, where more than 1000 houseboats float on the lake. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. Also don’t forget to gorge on delicious Kashmiri food.

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