The Tulip Festival blooms in New Delhi, painting the capital with vibrant colours
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is currently hosting a tulip festival from February 10 to 21 in Chanakyapuri, marking the start of the spring season. The festival promises a delightful array of activities, including a captivating tulip tour, an informative tulip exhibition, and an engaging photo contest. The 1.5 km long Shanti Trail decorated with tulips of different colours, will be the focal point of the festival. Visitors can explore an exhibition highlighting the monuments surrounding the Shanti Path, delve into the rich history of tulips and view the varieties thriving in Delhi at Lutyens’.
Tulip Festival: Photography Contest
Enthusiastic photographers can showcase their skills in the photography competition, open until February 21. The competition aims to capture the essence of the Tulip Festival through the lens, and create a visual narrative of the vibrant event.
On February 16, the festival will be graced with the Indo-Dutch music event “Water Song” at Nehru Park. Artists from India and the Netherlands will perform against a backdrop of blooming flowers, embodying the event’s theme of ‘See the Music, Listen to the Art’.
Beyond the Tulips: A Colorful Spring Palette
While tulips take the spotlight, NDMC has plans to incorporate other seasonal flowers such as sage, petunia, rhinophyllum, phlox, dovecote, and marigold, ensuring a lively and diverse spring experience for city residents.
NDMC’s meticulous preparations included planting two million tulip bulbs of different colours, sourced directly from the Netherlands. The planting began in mid-December, to include major parks, gardens, roundabouts and near prominent locations like the Vice President’s House, 11 Murti and Shanti Track.
Floral delights after the festival
After wrapping up the Tulip Festival on February 21, NDMC has exciting plans for the subsequent floral celebrations. The Flower Festival, showcasing an array of seasonal flowers, will be held in roundabouts, parks and gardens. After that, the Flower Festival is scheduled from February 24 to March 3, which will include a flower show from March 8 to 9, and a delicious food festival on March 10, inviting hotels and restaurants to prepare flower-based dishes.
Spic-Macay will also be hosting a Music in the Park event at Nehru Park on March 10, adding a harmonious touch to the floral festivities.