Asia's Largest Tulip Garden Opened To Visitors In Kashmir

Asia's Largest Tulip Garden Opened To Visitors In Kashmir

27 March 2013
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Asia's largest tulip garden on the banks of Dal lake here was thrown open to visitors today, marking the beginning of the new tourism season in the Valley. The 15-hectare garden in the foothills of Zabarwan Range was officially opened to visitors by Minister for Floriculture Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed. Peerzada on the occasion said that it is the great privilege for the people of State that Asia's largest Tulip garden is in the Valley. He said that tulips bloom in spring and are found in abundance here in the month of April and hoped that everyone must visit and enjoy the scenic beauty of colourful tulip garden of Kashmir. Peerzada while emphasizing the importance of tourism sector said it is in everybody’s interest that tourism flourishes in the state as it opens better economic options for people of the State adding that it is everybody’s responsibility to ensure tourists come to the state and get the taste of best possible hospitality. Minister of State for Floriculture, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi also spoke on the occasion and said that tourism is backbone of the state’s economy and appealed all stakeholders and media fraternity to play a positive role towards creating a feasible atmosphere in the state to attract more tourists from all over the world. On the occasion a special edition of weekly newspaper Kashmir Traveller on Floriculture Department and Tulip Garden was also released by the Ministers. A large number of people including tourists thronged the garden immediately after its opening to enjoy the myriad view of tulips, officials said. The state Floriculture department said a total of over 1.5 million tulips, of over 80 varieties are presently in bloom at the garden. The department has added 3.24 lakh more bulbs of 24 new varieties this season to make the garden more attractive. 'The bulbs have been imported from Holland and have been introduced in the Valley for the first time,' officials said. Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden was opened in 2008 by then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.