India celebrates the Kashmir Tulip Festival each year during spring. The main venue for this festival is the Kashmir Tulip Garden. The festival is held in the Kashmir Tulip Garden which is named after former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Enjoy stunning views of Kashmir’s Dal Lake from this terrace garden which was constructed with the sole aim of promoting tourism in Kashmir.
Major Highlights of the Kashmir Tulip Festival
In addition to the wide variety of Tulips, the festival has a lot more to offer. Each year, it is frequented by nature lovers, horticulture and floriculture enthusiasts from India and beyond. Let’s see the different varieties of flowers one can find at the event. Book the Kashmir Tulip Festival special Kashmir tour package with Thomas Cook indulge in the vibrant hues of flowers.
- Parrot Tulip– They are ruffled petals in different hues that depict the plumages of the tropical parrot.
- Double Blooms– Instead of one petal of a standard tulip, the double bloom has got many layers in it.
- Bi-Color Standard Tulip– They display different tulips in terms of colours when it is compared with standard tulip.
- Fringed Tulip– The shape and edge are fringed and frilly.
- Fosteriana Tulip– They differ in measurements and got pretty buds.
- Rembrandts– pale coloured tulips that are tall.
- Lily-Flowering Tulip– Flowers having pointed petals that is very long with an arch at its tips.
- Standard Tulip– They are the normal tulips available from the local gardeners and florists.
- Triumph– These are a wide range of dual-coloured, splendid tones and shades are the different features of these tulips.
- Single Late Tulip – These are cup-shaped tulips with a wide range of colours
Dates of Tulip Festival 2018:
Kashmir Tulip Festival is conducted in the Spring season in Tulip Garden Kashmir. It usually falls in the months of March / April, where the garden is brimmed with the Tulips in every corner. The Tulip festival is held for about 15 days, the flower continues to bestow their magical spirit significantly. However, the dates of commencement of the Tulip festival, the weather highly affects the people. So, one must be prepared to know the commencing dates of the fiesta and be ready to participate in the festival in this April 2018 this year.
Places to visit near the Kashmir Tulip Garden
The location of the Kashmir Tulip Garden makes it one of the most visiting places in Srinagar. The park is encompassed by its scenic hill, the most attractive garden of Mughal era and more importantly, it overlooks the most dazzling Dal Lake. There are some other attractions that are listed below which lies in their propinquity.
- Pari Mahal–The most amazing Chashm-E-Shahi Garden, the historic monument was a Buddhist Monastery once upon a time.
- Dal Lake– Dal Lake is considered as a paradise on the Earth. The beauty of the breathtaking lake is beyond its description. One must try a Shikara Ride in this place.
- Shankaracharya’s Temple– Soaking in the beauty of snow Pir Panjal Range from their old aged temple, it is situated at a height of 1100 feet.
- Chashme Shahi Gardens – The garden is the centre of attraction for housing the spring that flows from it.
- Mughal Garden – The conflux of Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashm-E-Shahi park entices the audience with its breath-taking fountains.
- Nagin Lake– The cerulean waters of the lake will sure be enthralling.
- Shalimar Bagh– There is another embellished garden that the Mughal emperor Jahangir built, which praises the formidable craftsmanship of the Mughals pertaining to horticulture
- Nishat Garden– This is Spotted with 3.2 km away from the Tulip Garden, Nishat Bagh is also the home to huge avenues of rare flowers, fountains, Chinar trees and Cypress.
- Local Market– The visit to the local market is to buy different specialities one gets in Srinagar like Cashmere Shawls, mats, wooden clothes, rugs, dry fruits and leather products etc,. It is most famous for dry fruits.
- Hazratbal– The sacred shrine for Muslims, it is also visited by many other on a religious day to worship the antiquity, the inheritor of Prophet Muhammad. A flamboyant fair is held later.
- This garden boasts of sixty (60) tulips is conspicuous, with a carpet of hundreds of colours, providing a beautiful view to thousands of tourists from both national and international. One could see 2million bulbs (tulips) blooming its beauty to the wanderers.
The Kashmir Tulip Festival was started in the year 2007 for promoting tourism and it has been successful since then, to all the tourists that come over. Besides the tulip festival, we see officials organizing various events like folk dances and song that entertain the visitors. People also enjoy the food, Kashmiri Cuisine prepared by the locals and it is marked most favourite amongst tourists.
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How to Reach the Kashmir Tulip Garden:
The Kashmir Tulip Garden is accessible by road from the airport in Srinagar. You can reach the destination (Tulip garden) hiring a cab/taxi from the airport. Another means is to avail the bus facility as service charges are at a minimal fare.
The approximate entrance fee for the Kashmir Tulip Garden for children is INR 25 and for adults, it is INR 50.
The entrance timings are from 9:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening
Kashmir is a well-known place for its natural beauty. The Kashmir tulip festival manifolds and has become quite enhancing for its tourists. Nowadays, the Kashmir Tul Gardens open and close for a fixed time making it more convenient for the people to enjoy the festival.