Asia’s largest Tulip Garden to have 15 lakh flowers

Commissioner Secretary Parks, Gardens and Floriculture, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad said Sunday that more tourists are expected to visit Valley’s famed Tulip Garden in comparison to the tourist inflow witnessed last year.
In an interaction with Brighter Kashmir Ahmad said: “This is Asia’s number one tulip garden. Last year, this garden was visited by 225,000 tourists, most of whom come from other Indian states.”
“This year, we are hoping that the tourist inflow to the garden is much better and possibly more than last year,” he added.
Elaborating on his department’s future plans with regard to the garden, Ahmad said: “Last year, we planted about 15 lakh tulips and other flower varieties. This year, too, we aim to plant about 15 lakh tulips, if not more, besides Hyacinths, Muskaries and Dahlias.”
“We are creating a separate Hyacinth Garden and expect the public to visit this as well and experience its beauty and scent in natural surroundings.”
Asked how the opening of the tulip garden will benefit Kashmir’s tourism sector, the Commissioner Secretary (Parks Gardens and Floriculture) said: “It is because of the Tulip Garden that the opening of the tourism sector in Kashmir is always preponed. It opens much earlier than scheduled. We expect Kashmir’s tourism sector to flourish this year.”
Ahmad further told Brighter Kashmir that as of now the Tulip Garden is likely to be thrown open to the public on or a little after March 20, though the concerned authorities are yet to take a call on the exact opening date in a day or two.
“We were hoping to open the garden on March 20, but we think it may take a couple of days beyond that to decide on the exact and final date to open it to the public,” he said.
On Saturday, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad had chaired a meeting in which the Director (Floriculture), Farooq Ahmad Rather, and other officers, were present, to review plans for the garden’s proposed opening.
Officers visited the park to review preparations and decided that the announcement for the opening of the garden would be made soon. They said that tulips are not yet in the blooming stage and that it would take some more time for that to happen.
They also said that the reopening is dependent on prevailing weather conditions as well.
Officials said other events like the Tulip Festival will be made once the reopening date is finalised.
Asked what kind of message he would like to send out to the tourists, Ahmad said: “My message to tourists is please definitely visit ‘Kashmir’s Gul-e-Lala’”.
He also said that there are plans for theme-based gardens in Jammu and the Kashmir Valley. Land for these proposed gardens in Srinagar and Jammu are being identified and they would be developed on a scientific basis, which in turn, would attract a huge influx of tourists.
The Department of Parks Gardens and Floriculture currently maintains 499 gardens in the union territory, besides being involved in the upgrading of heritage gardens and parks.
In an interaction with local media on Saturday, Ahmad said that the government is thinking of extending the Tulip garden towards the Sakura gardens (early blooming cherry gardens), for which detailed project reports (DPRs) are ready.
Asia’s largest tulip garden is spread over 30 hectares and is located at the foothills of the Zabarwan Range.
Director (Floriculture, Kashmir Valley), Farooq Ahmad Rather said that this year the garden would have 1.3 million flowers with 55 varieties.

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