Kashmir to own world's largest tulip garden
21 February 2008
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust Of India
Srinagar: Siraj Bagh, a popular tourist spot in Srinagar, will be developed as the largest tulip garden in the world. Spread over five hectares of land, the garden is now being extended by 30 hectares, officials at Floriculture Department said. Considering the overwhelming response from visitors, the garden, which is normally thrown open to public in the first week of April, would also be developed as an all-season spot, they said. Around 12 lakh tulips have been planted in the garden which is situated at the foothills of Zabarwan near the famous Dal lake. On his part, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has inspected the garden and instructed the Director, Floriculture Sarwar Naqash for its further improvement. He also asked the floriculture authorities to complete the pending works like levelling various sections of the garden and maintaining the ornamental trees, within one month. Besides, Azad suggested establishment of a sitting place at the centre of the garden for visitors.