Tulip Festival: Head to Delhi to see the tulips in full bloom at the Tulip Festival
The Tulip Festival, in its second edition, continues for 12 days, until February 21, and displays 200,000 tulips in countless colors.
Tulips bloom in Parliament. Credit: X/@hrawat19
Delhi is currently embracing the essence of spring as it welcomes the second Tulip Festival, which began on February 10 and will continue to wow locals and travelers until February 21. The festival, hosted by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), boasts an impressive display of over 200,000 tulip bulbs, of which 80,000 adorn the Shanti Path area of Lutyens’ Delhi.
NDMC has organized a series of engaging events for festival-goers, including tulip tours, photography and drawing competitions, and music and food festivals. The opening day witnessed a tour for students around the tulip flower, which aimed to enhance their understanding of the different types of the flower, its characteristics, history, and more.
The Delhi Tulip Festival displays tulips in eight colours, including white, yellow, red, pink, orange, purple, black and red-yellow, and are strategically planted in parks, meadows and roundabouts to attract spectators. In addition, in order to improve production costs, the National Disaster Management Center decided to preserve the tulip bulbs harvested this year.
The Tulip Festival features tulips in 8 colors. Credit: X/@22harsh9
Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, tulips found their way to the Netherlands in the 16th century and became a valuable commodity, at one point surpassing their value as gold. Today, approximately 77% of the world’s flower bulbs, especially tulips, come from the Netherlands.
For this festival, nearly 300,000 tulip bulbs were sourced from the Netherlands, with 100,000 of them allocated to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The Dutch Embassy generously contributed 40,000 lights, improving the city’s landscape. Last year, the center also planted about 130,000 tulip bulbs.
The ‘Music in the Park’ event, which included live performances by Pandit Nityanand Haldipur and Ustad Shahid Parvez, was a musical highlight of the festival. In addition, an Indo-Dutch music event called “Water Song” is scheduled to take place on February 16, embodying the merging of cultures at the beginning of spring.
After the festival ends on February 21, NDMC has exciting plans for more floral celebrations. From February 24 to March 3, the Rose Festival will take center stage, accompanied by a flower show on March 8 and 9, and a food festival on March 10, where restaurants will showcase dishes made from the flowers.
(Tags for translation) 2nd Edition Tulip Festival