The Tulip Festival is held at the beginning of spring in Srinagar, between March and May, when the tulip buds are ready to bloom. This festival lasts for fifteen days or a month as different flowers continue to bloom creating a rainbow of colours. The weather dictates when the Tulip Festival begins each year. So, if you’ve missed it last year, you could plan for this year.
Tulip Festival this year
This year the Tulip festival begins on April 1 and ends on May 5
Tourists can now buy souvenirs and savour Kashmiri delicacies from outside the garden. This year you will find decorated stalls and kiosks displaying Kashmiri cuisine and handicrafts too. You can enjoy better facilities like more water fountains, more bathrooms and free Wi-Fi facility as well.
With more variety, in flowers this year, a walk through the Tulip Garden will be a memorable experience. We at Skyscanner thought of listing a few interesting facts about the tulip garden for you.
About Tulip Garden
Once called the Model Floriculture Center, the Tulip Garden was first opened in 2007 by the former Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad. The Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, and Chashma Shahi Garden surround this gorgeous garden on three sides.
This flower field was the first largest landscaping project undertaken by the government after the Mughals built pleasure spots in Kashmir in the 16th century.
Spread over 30 acres, this terraced garden is built on a mountain slope. There are seven terraces each with a different variety of flowers, especially tulips. With more than 46 varieties and 15 lakh tulips, new flowers are added each year. The tulip is a novelty; however, the climatic conditions of Kashmir are most suited for it.
Open Hours: 9 am to 7 pm Mon-Sun.
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 25 for children
Tulip Garden Srinagar
1.It’s only 9 km away from Srinagar and you can reach it using local transport or private cars.
2.The fabulous Chashme Shahi and the timeless Pari Mahal surround this gorgeous garden.
3.The garden has several parallel rows of multi-coloured tulip flowers.
4.Not just red, purple, orange, yellow and lilac, but the garden is home to several hybrid flowers too. The brilliant colours will surely dazzle your senses.
5.The flowers have distinct shapes from turban-like hemispheres to elongated to scattered petals to upward flowing petals to sepals that look like exploding fires.
6.Every hybrid variety has its own flower bed, which is 1mt wide and 80 mt long.
7. From the standard tulips to parrot to double bloom to fringed tulips, to two-coloured tulips, Rembrandt, Fosteriana, single late tulips, Lily-flowering and Triumph tulips you will find it all at the festival.
8.You will find several fruit trees bordering this garden. The charming tree branches are covered with colourful blossoms and floras.
9.Looking down you will find a riotous montage of tulips made by neatly laid complimentary and contrasting floras that appear to reach the shores of the beautiful Dal Lake. The serene lake has several gorgeous floating fountains.
10.A tulip flower is around 6 cm long with a sharply tapered apex and a gently rounded base. Every flower has 3 sepals and 3 petals look like a just blooming bud with a diameter of 4-6 cm. Usually, one plant has one tulip flower, which is about 1 to 2 ft tall. The tulip plant has 6 to 12 long flake shaped plush green leaves. Though, some tulip varieties grown in the Netherlands are known to have up to 4 blossoms a plant.
Gazing upon this nature’s wonder from afar, you feel like the rainbow decided to descend on the earth and offer you a celestial view of what the paradise would look like.Find Cheap flights to Srinagar
The Best Time to Visit Srinagar
The best time to visit the Tulip Garden is between March-end and early April. If you fancy visiting the annual Tulip festival, then make it a point to reach Srinagar during the 1st two weeks of April. The weather is cool, pleasant throughout the year in Srinagar. April to October is the best time to visit if you love seeing colourful blossoms all over the city.
How to Reach Srinagar
Srinagar is reachable through direct flights from around the world. You can also take a bus or train to reach Srinagar and then use local transport to visit other places in and around the state. The Tulip garden is quite well known and easy to reach once you’re in the city.
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