Kashmir Valley.sia’s largest Tulip Garden is all set to be thrown open for the public from today (March 25), marking the beginning of new tourism season in the
Officials of the Floriculture department told Good Morning Kashmir that almost 1.5 million (15 lakh) tulips, three lakh more than the 12 lakh flowers seen in past years, will be in bloom at Tulip Garden, among them 12 new varieties of tulips which have never seen before in this garden.
“The garden will be thrown open for public on Thursday,” said a senior official of the floriculture department. Adding that the department planted nearly 15 lakh bulbs of different varieties this year. “The garden has so far achieved a bloom of about 35 percent,” he added.
In wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the official said adequate measures have been taken and it has been decided that no visitor shall be allowed to enter the garden without mandatory face masks. He said that they will ensure that all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will be followed in letter and spirit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Wednesday and shared several photos of the majestic tulip garden in the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains and urged people to visit the majestic tourist attraction.
“Whenever you get the opportunity, do visit Jammu and Kashmir and witness the scenic Tulip festival. In addition to the tulips, you will experience the warm hospitality of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” PM Modi tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
The PM said that the opening of the garden was “special for Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Tomorrow, 25th March is special for Jammu and Kashmir. A majestic tulip garden on the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains will open for visitors. The Garden will see over 15 lakh flowers of more than 64 varieties in bloom,” he wrote in another tweet.
Meanwhile, the garden will be thrown open for the public after a gap of two years as it remained closed for the visitors due to the lockdown imposed by the government in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.