Press Esc to close
Tuesday 07 July 2015
News updated at 2:52 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Kashmir's tulip garden thrown open to visitors

Last updated: 25 March, 2010
Srinagar, March 25, (IANS):

Kashmir's tulip garden, where the flowers are in full bloom, was thrown open for visitors in summer capital Srinagar Thursday, an official said.

The tulip garden in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar which opened for visitors on Thursday. IANS

“The garden has become a major attraction and an ideal visiting spot for both tourists and locals," said Sheikh Farhan, assistant floriculture officer. “Red, yellow, variegated, pink, white, orange, light blue, and magenta are the main colours of tulips that are in bloom right now,” Farhan said.

Farhan said in order to prolong the flowering season, many annual bulbs including phlox, candytuft, antirrhinum, and pansies have also been sown in the garden this year. “In order to prolong the flowering season of the garden, we have planted around 25 lakh bulbs of these annual flowers since tulips remain in bloom for just 15 to 20 days depending on the temperature here," he added.  

“If the temperature remains cool, the tulips remain in bloom for a longer period,” he said. The department of floriculture that maintains the tulip garden and other historical Mughal gardens like Nishat, Shalimar and Chashma Shahi in Kashmir has imported nine lakh tulip bulbs from Holland this year for the tulip garden.

The tulip garden in Srinagar is situated on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range on the banks of the Dal Lake here. “The tulips cover an area of over 12 acres and gradually the area is being increased," Farhan said.

“Last year the department made a revenue of over Rs 25 lakh and this year we expect to overshoot that target as annual flowers planted in the garden would prolong the flowering season attracting more and more locals and the tourists,” the official said.

In order to maintain the garden, the department has fixed an entry fee of Rs 50 for  adults and Rs 25 for children. The visiting hours are from sunrise to sunset. The idea of a tulip garden in Kashmir was originally envisaged by Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union health minister who was chief minister of the state in 2007.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523