Sheikh Imran Bashir
Agence India Press
Srinagar: The garden has become a major attraction and an ideal visiting spot for both tourists and locals in Kashmir while as, arrangements continued in an annual tulip garden opening ceremony in Kashmir.
The tulip garden in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state is situated on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range on the banks of the Dal Lake here.
Local authorities have been engrossed in the festival organisation in Siraj Bagh, which overlooks the scenic Dal Lake by the foothills of the famous Zabarwan hills.
More than 3 laks of Tulip flowers and more than 60 varieties of multi colored Tulips are spread in the garden just like colorful Saree/Carpet on the earth. The Tulip flower festival belongs to states traditional art and culture. Siraj Bagh is one of the biggest Tulip flower gardens in Asia.
Javed Ahmad Shah, District Floriculture Officer told Agence India Press that, they had introduced eight new varieties in Tulips this time , and these varieties were having long life, so that people could see Tulips all time in the year.
“We have made one colour strips in long acres and every strip is having minimum three portions of single colour”, he said.
“Red, yellow, variegated, pink, white, orange, light blue, and magenta are the main colours of tulips that are in bloom right now,” one of the he said.
Javed Ahmad further said that last year the department made a revenue of over almost Rs 35 lakh including ticket, food and photography charges and this year we expect to overshoot that target as annual flowers planted in the garden would prolong the flowering season attracting more and more locals and the tourists.
“Labourers have been working around the clock to ensure the starts by the end of the March month”, he said.
In order to maintain the garden, the department has fixed an entry fee of Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children. The visiting hours are from sunrise to sunset. The idea of a tulip garden in Kashmir was originally envisaged by Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union health minister who was chief minister of the state in 2007. (AIP News)
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