Srinagar: With about a month left for Tulip festival in this summer capital, people associated with tourism industry are hopeful that visitors from across the world would throng in large numbers to see Asia’s largest tulip garden, which will have 13 lakh flowers of 55 varieties in its lap on the banks of world famous Dal Lake.
The opening of Tulip garden marks the beginning of tourist season in the valley, which witnessed abysmal visitor footfall last year due to unrest post scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5. The garden usually opens in the last week of March or first week of April depending on the weather.
The Tulip garden, which is spread over 30 hectares of land, is situated in the mesmerizing foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of the Dal Lake.
Meanwhile, many famous travel portals have already started taking bookings of tourists interested to participate in the Tulip Festival, which lasts less than a month as the life span of Tulips are very short.
An official said that Tulip garden would house 13 lakh flowers this year with 55 variety flowers. “This year 1 lakh flowers and four more varieties were added to the garden. Last year, 12 lakh bulbs were planted in the Tulip garden,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Secretary, Department of Floriculture, Parks and Gardens, Shiekh Fayaz Ahmad after reviewing the preparations for opening of Tulip Garden asked the officials to maintain a feedback register for tourists and incorporate the suggestions in next tulip season.
Highlighting the importance of the Tulip Garden in the tourism map of J&K, the Secretary Floriculture asked the concerned to add more varieties for attraction of tourists. He said one lakh more tulip bulbs in Tulip garden have been planted this year.
Director, Floriculture, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Rather said that the sprouting of bulbs is in progress and are expected to bloom at the scheduled time of Tulip festival.
The Secretary also reviewed the preparations for observing Chinar Day on March 15 and impressed upon the officers to distribute and plant 10,000 Chinar saplings on the Day across Kashmir.
He asked the officers to involve educational institutions, government offices, NGOs, masjid committees and youth groups.
Stating that there are 7000 registered commercial flower growers in Kashmir, Secretary Floriculture directed the officers to facilitate these growers with every possible help from department so that more and more young farmers can adopt flower growing as a business model.
He also called for inculcating the practice of cleanliness and sanitation as a norm in every garden and park, making them more floriferous, aesthetic and ravishing throughout the year.