Set against the foothills of the Zabarwan Range on the banks of Dal Lake, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar is a sight to behold. Lakhs of visitors, during the months of March and April, throng to Asia’s largest tulip garden to part take in its splendid riot of colors.
About The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the garden showcases over 60 varieties of early, mid and late blooming tulips, thanks to the months-long labor put in by the Department of Floriculture Kashmir. Every year, the J&K Department of Tourism organizes the ‘Tulip Festival’ to showcase the range of flowers in the garden. The tulips are spread over 7 terraces and bear rather quirky names like Laptop, Blushing Lady, Kung Fu, Hocus Pocus, Largo, Cape Holland, to name a few. The 80-acre garden is also filled with other spring blooms like daffodils, roses, and irises.
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While the plantation of tulips begins from September, the garden is in full bloom by mid-April. The sight is heavenly during the full bloom season, with all shades of the rainbow scattered on the fields, and this year, it is no less than vibrant.
While the garden bears a deserted look currently due to the coronavirus pandemic, the thousand-odd tulips are reveling in their full glory. Here are some pictures of the garden in its full bloom. Enjoy!
While the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism tweeted a stunning video clip of the Tulip Gardens, Omar Abdullah also served a slice of this paradise on his Twitter account.
— Jammu & Kashmir Tourism (@JandKTourism) April 18, 2020
We can’t visit this year so here’s a glimpse of what we are missing. Let’s hope next year is a bumper bloom & a bumper season of visitors. ? ? https://t.co/M1G4vYLtHX
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 8, 2020
After that great burst of color, here’s a little fun fact for you: While everyone associates tulips with Holland, tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th century, they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and became widely popular. Today tulips are cultivated in Holland in great numbers and in huge fields!