The Tulip Festival of Srinagar – Your Perfect Bollywood Summer
Every year, over 60 million tulip bulbs travel from Holland to hunker down in the cold earth of Siraj Bagh in Srinagar. Come spring, the first rays of the April sun stretch out over the Zabarwan Range, thawing the shimmering surface of the Dal Lake. The first blooms burst through the soil and unfurl into a carpet of blossoms nearly 5 hectares across. It’s the largest tulip garden in all of Asia.
Rows of different colours of Tulips
WHEN TO Go
The garden, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, opens its gates on the 29th of March. The dates of the actual festival vary depending on the estimated time of blooming. This usually falls between the 5th and 10th of April. The festival lasts for a little under three weeks. Lose yourself in the flowerbeds that have lit up generations of Hindi film backgrounds, swaying in the cool breeze as couples prance wantonly in the sun. Neat rows of yellows, reds, pinks and variegated varieties stretch out as far as the eye can see.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden (Photo Credit – Arif Khan)
Stay for the charming Tulip Festival
Since all these efforts are made mostly to promote Kashmir’s tourism, the Tulip Festival in Srinagar is completed by a huge song and dance bonanza showcasing Kashmiri folk culture and Kashmiri food. Pick up some elegantly embroidered jackets and delicately painted lac boxes to take home. You can also deck yourself out in full Kashmiri kit for a photo op.
The stunning rows of tulips are hard to resist
All the major North Indian cities are well connected to Srinagar by road. But you can also catch a flight straight into Srinagar or a train to Jammu.
Go on, Plan Your Trip now to visit to the beautiful Tulip Festival in Srinagar today!
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