Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in Srinagar, home to more than a million tulips has always been one of Kashmir’s major tourist attractions. After being closed for nine months, it will be opened for tourists from today 

Every year, the government of Jammu and Kashmir organises the tulip festival to kick off spring and the tourism season. The celebrations include various cultural programmes, musical events, food fests and conferences 

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The blend of spring colours in the garden attracts many tourists to Kashmir from various parts of the country.  

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This year four new Tulip varieties with a rainbow of colours -Cap knowya, sweet heart, Hamilton and Christmas dream imported from Holland, will add to the charm of the garden 

The garden usually contains 68 colourful varieties of Tulip bulbs besides eye catching flowers, daffodil, hyacinth, muscari, spring blooming shops besides Plum, Apricot, Peach and Almond trees in the garden remains the eye catching attractions for the visitors and the new four multicolored tulip varieties would raise the charisma of the garden. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, formerly known as SirajBagh, is located on the foothills of the Zabarwan range and overlooks the infamous Dal Lake in Srinagar. 

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The garden remains open until the end of April, which is how long the tulips stay in bloom for. Srinagar’s tulip garden, spread over 30 hectares of land, features not only tulips but also a variety of daffodils, hyssen and muscari blooms.  

The average life-span of a tulip flower is three to four weeks; but since the tulip bulbs in the garden are planted in a phased manner, they tend to stay for at least a month or more.