This Tulip Garden, is Asia’s largest Tulip Garden. It was previously named as Model Floriculture Centre, Srinagar. It is spread over an area of about 12 hectares. It is situate on the foothills of Zabarwan Mountain Range, with an overview of the picturesque world-famous Dal Lake.
This garden was conceived, conceptualised and created by Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2006-2007, in an aim to boost floriculture and advance tourism in the Kashmir Valley. —— 2 million Tulips adorn and add colour to 20 acres of the Kashmir landscape at 5,600ft altitude in the Tulip Garden. It is a delightful sight ——– the Flower Bed —– sprawls all over the foothills of the towering Zabarwan Mountain Range. The Tulip Garden is surrounded, in 3 sides, by the Nishat Bagh and Cheshmashahi Mughal Gardens of Srinagar.
“The impact of this garden on tourism is evident from the fact that we have been forced to open it a week to ten days ahead of schedule,” Abdullah told reporters. He said tourists were so keen to visit the garden that they could have broken in without waiting for the inauguration. “The Tulip Garden has succeeded in bringing forward the tourist season in Kashmir by 2 months,” he said.
Although the Tulips are yet to reach full bloom, the floriculture department has planted 20 lakh bulbs over an area of 12 hectares, with 8 new varieties of the flower added. The delicate Tulips, in different hues, are sent to markets across the country including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad.