Kashmir’s tulip garden thriving with 1.7 million flowers is open to the public

Kashmir’s tulip garden thriving with 1.7 million flowers is open to the public

Written by Sohail Khan

Srinagar: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, the largest tulip garden in Asia, located at the foothills of Zabarwan Hills in Srinagar, opened to welcome tourists and locals with 17,000 flowers of different varieties blooming this year.

Also known as Siraj Bagh, the garden was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2008. Home to rare tulip varieties, it is expected to become the second largest tulip garden in the world.

Talking to Siyasat.comHaji Abdul, the head gardener, said people from all over the world are excited to visit and see the beauty of the colorful tulips, but for them (the staff), it means much more than that. “Whenever we (employees) see these flowers, we see not only their beauty, but also our blood, sweat and tears. These flowers represent our hard work and the tremendous effort required to create and maintain this amazing garden.

“However, many daily wage employees earn only Rs 311 and others should also recognize and appreciate their hard work,” he said.

Abdul said that the opening of the park is the result of nearly a year of continuous work and care to ensure its great success when it is opened to the public.

Secretary Commissioner of Flowers Sheikh Faiz Ahmed had earlier announced that the tulip garden would be open to the public on March 23.

He pointed out that the garden now includes 73 types of tulips, with five new varieties added this year, pointing out that the garden’s area has been expanded to accommodate all types of tulips.

Another official in the field of floriculture said Siyasat.com Vibrant color schemes with new varieties have been introduced this year. “The administration has also added daffodils and Hawkins to the garden,” he said.

The officer stated that work has been underway for six months to open the park, and this year we expect record numbers of tourists.

Haj Abdul, a gardener, said that taking care of a tulip garden is like taking care of a newborn baby. Various tasks, including fertilization, spraying and irrigation, have been carried out over the past six months.

One of the employees said that there are about 100 workers here who are working overtime to achieve the target. The management’s ongoing efforts aim to make the park more attractive every year to attract more tourists.

Due to unpredictable temperature fluctuations in the valley, the flowering season for tulips is very short, lasting only 15 to 20 days. Therefore, Srinagar’s famous tulip garden has had to adapt by extending its opening period to approximately a month every year.

The District Commissioner (Kashmir) had earlier reviewed the arrangements for opening Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar.

The meeting attended by officials of tourism, traffic, floriculture and municipal corporations held a substantive discussion on opening the park to visitors, traffic management, parking space, sanitation, cleanliness drive, pothole repair, online ticket booking and other arrangements.

He directed floriculture officials concerned to facilitate online ticket booking and put up QR code scanning facilities at various locations for the convenience of tourists.

This post was last edited on 23 March 2024, at 6:14 pm

    (tags for translation) Kashmir 

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