When you think of tulips, you probably think of Amsterdam or some other foreign country. Well, not anymore because after Srinagar, India has got its second tulip garden and this time it's in in the beautiful Himalayan town of Munsiyari in Uttarakhand. Perched against the backdrop of the snowy peaks of Panchachuli, the garden is a marvelous sight to behold and one we can't wait to visit (once it's safe again, of course), but until then, take a look at these GORGEOUS pictures.
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[caption id="attachment_138914" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image courtesy: Yogesh Tripathi, Uttarakhand Forest Department/BCCL[/caption]
Tulip Garden Of Uttarakhand
Spreading across over 50 hectares of forest land in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand's first tulip garden is said to be the world's biggest tulip stop ever. Kudos Uttarakhand! The garden got a nod from the centre for development in January 2019 and was expected to cost Rs 50 crore.
With the opening of this garden, Srinagar's Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden got displaced from its seat of Asia's largest tulip garden. The Srinagar garden is at 30 hectares, while the one in Uttarakhand beats it by 20 hectares.
As of May 2020, the garden now stands ready as announced by Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in a tweet. He said, "I am very happy to share the first pictures of the successful pilot project of a tulip garden in Munsyari -- my dream project. Set against the backdrop of the Panchachuli range this is one of the world's largest tulip gardens which will bring about a major change in tourism in Munsyari area."
Rawat further said that, "A part of "Munsyari Nature Education and Eco Park Centre" is being developed as the tulip garden and it is different from the tulip garden being developed in Pithoragarh. There are tents, apart from huts, in the park where people can stay."
The pictures were so outstanding that even former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah was compelled to comment, albeit with a pinch of salt. Mr Abdullah said, "Though the tulips being grown in the backdrop of the Panchachuli range are beautiful but they are not as beautiful as Srinagar's tulip garden."
Well, we'll leave the fight to the politicians but we at Curly Tales are just delighted that India has made it to the world map yet again for a thing of such beauty.
What Else Can We Expect From Munsyari Nature Education and Eco Park Centre
The pilot project has now been taken live with tulips planted across 122 sq metres (of the 50 hectares). All the tulip bulbs were imported from Amsterdam. The climate of Munsiyari is absolutely perfect for the growth of the tulips, as is evident by the pictures.
The garden will not have only tulips but will also have iris, lilium and daffodils. Divisional forest officer, Pithoragarh, Vinay Bhargava said, "The project is to be developed in such a manner that apart from giving tourism a boost, it also generates employment for locals. We will try to produce our own tulip bulbs so that we can save the recurring cost on buying bulbs from outside."
We did get a chance to visit the Tulip Gardens ofSrinagar last year. Take a look at the video: