With the opening of the Tulip Garden, tourism stakeholders hope to increase the flow of tourists

With the opening of the Tulip Garden, tourism stakeholders hope to increase the flow of tourists

With Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar opening to visitors, tourism stakeholders hope that it will increase the flow of tourists to the Valley.
The tulip garden opened to visitors on March 23. The park will remain open for about a month.
This year, the tulip garden includes 17,000 tulips, including five new varieties. Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar is spread over 30 hectares of land and is located on the banks of the world-famous Dal Lake and on the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountain range.
An official said that a total of 73 types of tulips will receive visitors in the tulip garden this year.
Other spring flowers such as lilies, daffodils, muscari and cyclamen will also be on display adding to the variety of flowers and colors in the tulip garden.
The carpet of flowers, which gives a feeling of paradise, attracts many tourists and locals every year. They have also emerged as favorite locations for filming films, series and videos.
“The garden has great importance and has become a unique selling point in our tourism landscape. Earlier, fewer tourists visited Kashmir in spring, which I believe is the best season. The Tulip Garden has changed that. Sajjad Ahmed, a tour operator, said : “This has advanced the tourist season in Kashmir by at least a month and given a major boost to the tourism industry.”
Last year, a record number of national and international tourists, 370,000, visited the Tulip Garden.
Tourism, which contributes about 7 per cent to Jammu and Kashmir’s GDP, provides employment opportunities to people working in the hotel, hospitality and transport sectors, besides being a source of livelihood for tour operators, travel agents and souvenir sellers.
It also supports handloom, handicrafts, horticulture and floriculture departments. The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has witnessed a boom in tourism over the past few years.
Tourism stakeholders – ranging from government officials, trade representatives, hoteliers, tour operators and houseboat owners – are hopeful that there will be a further increase in tourist flow to the park this year.
Last year more than 2 crore tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir.
More than 20 million tourists will visit Jammu and Kashmir in 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at a Srinagar rally on March 7, said.
In January this year, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, at an event in New Delhi, cited a record 21.2 million tourists, including 55,000 foreigners, who traveled to Jammu and Kashmir last year.
According to official figures, 18 million tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir in 2022, up from 11 million the previous year. The number of tourists in Kashmir has doubled from about 1,300,000 in 2016 to more than 2,600,000 in 2022, with the number of foreigners rising from more than 1,600 in 2021 to nearly 20,000 in 2022.

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