Friday, 21 June 2013

Tulip Festival of Kashmir: Croon and waltz amidst the poetic tulip flowers

Tulip is one of the most beautiful flowers which the plant kingdom has to offer. And there is no better place to feast on its stupendous beauty than at Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. Kashmir tourism organizes the famed Tulip Festival every year in the month of April. The festival which commenced in the year 2007 has now gained mammoth following and is a big draw amongst tourists and flower-lovers!

Srinagar’s Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden hosts the festival every year and becomes a ‘mela’ of travelers from around the world. The spring season of March-April is the time when the tulips blossom and collectively they create a mesmeric spectacle in these 5 hectares of garden.

The Tulip Garden, named after the late Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, is nestled in the neighborhood of Dal Lake, one of the most visited attractions of Kashmir. It goes without saying that the garden acts like a magnet to travelers. And just in case your visit to Kashmir coincides with the timing of the festival (the first 2 weeks of April), then it would be blasphemous to skip this rhapsodic flowery corner.
The tulips grow in a huge variety and in almost every conceivable color. They appear to sprout from almost every inch of the ground and a walk amidst their presence can be magically soothing to the eye. It is for their unearthly charm that many tourists consider April as the best time to visit Kashmir.

Tulip Garden can be visited easily under a friendly itinerary chalked out by your tours packages. If you always wanted to run beside a carpet of flowers (a la Kajol in DDLJ’s ‘Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam’), then this place is the one made for you.

Entry fee: Rs 50 (for adults), Rs 20 (for kids)

Timings: 9:30 am- 6:30 pm (daily)

Also read: Must do in Kashmir - Shikara Ride on Dal Lake


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