Tulip Festival 2015 - Mid of April
Spring brings in the time of blossoming tulips in the valley, as the landscape soften and flourish after the cold winter. Asia's largest tulip garden called Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi Srinagar, in the foothills of Zabarwan range with an overview of Dal Lake presents a soothing view to the eyes. Tulip festival is held annually in the month of April when tulips are in full bloom. The garden looks like a silken carpet of bright colored sprawling tulips. The naked brown earth between the rows looks like intricate designs on the carpet. The scene is simply charismatic with floral charm. The view remains in the memory of a visitor forever.
Many varieties of Tulips are grown in the garden spreading over 5 hectares of land at the foothills of Zabarwan overlooking the beauty of world famous Dal Lake. Nearly 60 varieties of beautiful and vibrant tulips grow in this garden. Last year, more than 1,00,000 visitors visited the tulip garden here.
Both local and foreign tourists visit in at the time of Tulip festival and thus contribute a lot in promoting Kashmir as a tourist attraction. The festival continues for 7 days.
Tulip, a member of Liliaceae is native to Persia. Holland is the largest producer of tulips. Now no need to go Holland for having a view of enchanting beauty; the sight is now available in the crown of our country.
Cultural programs, Kashmiri folk songs, sale of local handicrafts, and preparation of traditional Kashmiri cuisine forms an eminent part of the entertainment of visitors during the festival. More information can be found on the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Website.
How to Reach
The city with beautiful gardens, placid lakes and the breathtaking Himalayas, Srinagar is a land of exquisite beauty. Srinagar offers the opportunity for enjoying the nature or engaging in adventures. By Air:
Srinagar has an airport of its own. The domestic airport is serviced regularly by several private and public airlines, which connect the city to important cities in India, like: Delhi, Mumbai and so on. By Road:
An extensive network of road covers Srinagar and connects it to important cities in Jammu and Kashmir and North India, namely: Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (290 km), Leh (434 km), Gulmarg (48 km), Sonamarg (88 km) and Pahalgam (96 km).
The nearest Railhead is in Jammu. Major Indian cities like: Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai are linked to Jammu by railways.