Asia’s largest tulip garden on the sprawling foothills of Zabarwan in Srinagar was opened for the tourists on Tuesday. The garden with 15 lakh tulips of 68 varieties of different colours was officially inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta. Besides the tulip varieties, there are varieties of daffodil, hyssen, muscari, spring blooming shops and trees. “The tourism department will hold a grand tulip festival very soon,” Director Tourism Kashmir G N Itoo told the media. He said unless tourists see the tulip garden and stay in a houseboat or take a Shikara ride in the Dal Lake, they feel their visit to Kashmir is incomplete.
With the ease in Covid restrictions across India and the world a large, a number of tourists are expected to visit the tulip garden this year. A large number of tourists, locals and government officials with their families descended on the garden on its opening day. Ramesh, a tourist from Mumbai, suggested that all Indians must see the mesmerizing garden. Although the tulip flowers had not yet bloomed, tourists clicked pictures in the background of the garden with their family members and children. A record 2 lakh tourists visited the garden last year.