As the Rose Garden is one of the major tourist attractions of Chandigarh, so too is the Tulip Garden of Srinagar. It’s referred to as Asia’s largest tulip garden but closer to home it plays host to the annual Tulip Festival which is set to kick off it’s 4th edition in April. The garden, formally titled Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, will officially open from 29 March before the start of the festival.
Srinagar’s Tulip Garden is spread over a whopping 5 hectacres of land, all of which will be needed as more than 300,000 new bulbs of 8 new varieties of flowers imported from Holland have been added for the 2012 festival. The garden now boasts more than 1 million bulbs in 70+ types of flowers on view for tourists.
The Kashmir Tulip Festival runs from 5 April through 15 April daily from 9 am to 7 pm. Growing conditions may push the start date up a few days for 2012. In addition to the flower exhibitions, visitors can also take part in cultural programs, taste traditional Kashmiri foods, purchase local handicrafts and more. Approximately 1 lakh (100,000) visitors made their way to the Tulip Festival last year.
Tulip Garden is located at Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi in Srinagar, Kashmir, between Nishat Bagh and Cheshmeshahi Moghul gardens, near Dal Lake.
Entry Fee: Rs 50 Adults, Rs 25 Children