The Colourful Festival Of Kashmir – ‘Paradise On Earth’
Spring is the time when the flora of Kashmir comes in its peak beauty. It is the blooming season for the millions of colourful tulips and with this the famous Tulip Festival on the heavenly valley commences.
It is crowned as the largest tulip festival of south Asia and takes place in Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, situated in Siraj Bagh Chesmahsahi in the capital city of Srinagar. Sprawled over 5 hectares of land at the foothills of Zabarwan near Dal Lake, the garden is absolute place to view the eye popping beauty of colourful fields of tulips.
The garden boasts of minimum 60 varieties of varied coloured tulips. Thousands of national and international tourists visit the place to witness the heavenly beauty of the flowery carpets. Around two millions of tulips bloom making the spectators fall in love with the place.
The festival was first started in 2007 to promote tourism in Srinagar and became quite successful in drawing tourists from all around the world. This year, the garden is all set to host this annual event from 12th to 14th April. In addition to the charismatic flower, the event features cultural programs, Kashmiri folk songs, sale of local handicrafts. One can also enjoy the various varieties of scrumptious Kashmiri cuisine that is authentically prepared by locals and remains a hit among the visitors.
How to reach:
By Air – Sheikh ul Alam Airport of Srinagar is an international airport and is located 15 Km away from the city centre. It is well linked with other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh with regular flights.
By Railway – Jammu Tawi or Udhampur Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Srinagar. It is well connected to different parts of the country. One can reach the city by hiring taxis, private buses or government buses.
By Road – The place is also well connected to the main cities of Jammu & Kashmir and north India including Chandigarh (630 Km), Delhi (876 Km), Leh (434 Km), Gulmarg (48 Km), Sonmarg (88 Km), Phahalgam (96 Km) and Jammu (290 Km).