Kashmir is home to a magnificent garden that’s alive with colors as far as the eye can see. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden Srinagar is Asia’s largest such garden. It’s awash with dozens of varieties of tulips and other flowers like daffodils. With its terrific location – at the foothills of the Zabarwan Range – Tulip Garden in Srinagar is a veritable Eden.
It doesn’t bloom all-year-round, however, so you need to plan your vacation carefully. The best time to visit Tulip Garden in Kashmir is from March to May.
About the Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden Srinagar opened to visitors back in 2007. The aim was to boost tourism and floriculture in the region and the undertaking was a success. In fact, the garden was ranked among the top 5 tulip destinations in the world at the Tulip Summit in Canada in 2017. While the garden itself is a sight to behold and you could spend hours just exploring it and admiring the flowers, the highlight is the annual festival that runs in spring, between March and May, depending on when the flowers bloom. This year, Tulip Garden Kashmir 2018 was held from March 25th onwards.
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Tulip Garden Highlights
1. Terrific Varieties of Tulips
The varieties of tulips on display rightfully steal the show at Tulip Garden Srinagar festival. Even the rare Queen of the Night variety can be seen. In 2017, there were over 40 types of tulips exhibited and several lakhs of flowers in bloom.
2. Tourist-friendly Amenities
The Tulip Garden Srinagar festival has steadily evolved into an event that aims to provide visitors with an even more enriching experience. In 2018, the venue provided free Wi-Fi, washrooms for differently abled people and more drinking points.
3. Souvenir and Food Kiosks
No trip to Kashmir is complete without taking home a few souvenirs. If you’re visiting the Tulip Garden in Srinagar during festival time, you can pick up traditional handicrafts from kiosks set up outside the garden area. You can also savor Kashmiri cuisine at the food stalls.
Best Time to Visit Tulip Garden Srinagar
The best time to visit this paradise is during the annual festival that’s held in the month of March, April or May. However, the exact dates can change depending on the weather so keep an eye out for updates.
Whether you choose to visit during the festival or otherwise, Tulip Garden Srinagar timings are 9am to 7pm.
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Tulip Garden Srinagar Entry Fee
Entry is a very nominal INR 50 for adults and INR 25 for children.
When Will Tulip Garden Kashmir 2019 Be Held?
There’s yet to be an announcement on Tulip Garden Srinagar opening dates 2019. However, keep your calendar free from March to May since the festival will be held at this time.
Nearby Attractions to Explore
Tulip Garden Srinagar’s location allows you to take in some of the best attractions in Kashmir located nearby like those below –
1. Dal Lake
Kashmir’s top attraction shouldn’t be missed. Houseboats dot the surface and the Pir Panjal mountains stand tall and proud in the background. The lake looks fabulous any time of the day but try to visit in the morning when the floating market opens. It’s one of the few such markets in India and offers a glimpse into the daily life of locals.
2. Mughal Gardens
Just a short distance away from Tulip Garden Srinagar is the Mughal Gardens, a selection of pleasure gardens built during the era of Jahangir. They include Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashma Bagh and Pari Mahal. With water channels cascading down terraces, colorful flowers and large trees peppering the gardens, the serenity washes away the cares of the day and leaves you feeling utterly relaxed.
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3. Shankaracharya Temple
Perched on Shankaracharya Hill and overlooking Srinagar is Shankaracharya Temple, dedicated to Shiva. It dates back to 200 BC with the present structure probably built in the 9th century AD. It was believed to have been built by Raja Gopadatya although some say it was the work of Sandiman.
Kashmir is one of the most scenic places you’ll ever visit. If you love nature and want to experience it up close, this is where you need to be. Visit during Tulip Garden Srinagar season and watch nature put on a spectacular show of colors. Kashmir Tulip Festival 2019 dates will only be announced next year but plan your vacation between March and May, which is when the magic happens.
Looking at all the gorgeous pictures above, we are sure you are now craving for a visit to this magnificent garden. Needless to say, do plan a visit to this attraction when planning your trip to Srinagar. And if you have already visited it, tell us how it was in the comment section below.
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