Many people believe that the tulip is actually not a Dutch flower. They say that tulips originate from hilly regions with temperate climate, as tulips flourish to its best in places with long cool springs and early summers.
The Tulip Garden Festival Kashmir, also known as Indira Gandhi Memorial Garden (Siraj Bagh) is situated in Zabrawan range, Srinagar, Kashmir, North India. The garden is Asia`s biggest Tulip garden, located on the shores of the world renowned Dal lake. The famed Tulip festival is held every year, during the month of April when the tulips are in full bloom. When the tulips are in full bloom, the place seems like a paradise with brightly colored tulips spread over a large area. One will surely get mesmerized with the beauty of this garden and will realize that God really exists in the form of these beautiful creations. The best time to visit this garden is during the months of March to April.
Around 60 varieties of beautiful and vibrant tulips grow in this garden, which is spread over an area of 5 hectors. The department of horticulture in Kashmir, which looks over the gardens and organizes the festival, imports tulips from Holland. Every year, thousands of tourists come to this place to witness the soothing beauty of blooming tulips. The tulips bloom for just 15 to 20 days depending on the temperature.
The tulips are various different colors such as red, yellow, variegated, pink, white, orange, light blue, and magenta. Your heart will not want to leave the place once you enter the garden; such is its magnetism and beauty. Other major attractions of the festival are cultural programs, Kashmiri folk songs, display of local handicrafts, and traditional delicious Kashmiri cuisines. The garden generates a high amount of revenue and acts as mode of employment for considerable number of laborers.
The festival is a popular attraction for various other reasons. Tourists throng to this festival for the awe-inspiring beauty of the Zabarwan Range and the Dal Lake along with the thousands of blooming tulips, creating a riot of reds, yellows, pinks, whites and the most spectacular of blues and purples. Visitors usually love to take long romantic strolls among the flowers, all the while admiring the beauty of these flowers and often capturing them in their camera.
How to Reach
The Tulip Garden is located at Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi, in the capital city of Srinagar, situated right between the Moghul gardens and Nishat Bagh. As it is one of the renowned locations of Kashmir valley, it is easily accessible through road.
Things to Keep In Mind
If you want to visit this garden, you should keep in mind that the flowers bloom only for about 15 to 20 days in a year. Depending on the temperature of the blooming period of the flowers, the bloom may be delayed or even arrive earlier. Hence, you should plan your visit to this festival, closer to the expected time, between March and April.