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Asia’s largest Tulip Garden thrown open
Unbloomed flowers make visitors unhappy
FARZANA SYED
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SRINAGAR, April 5: Asia’s largest Tulip Garden was thrown open for public here today.

People including tourists in large number thronged the garden. However, a number of them felt disappointed due to large number of unbloomed flowers.

The officials said 300 kanals of land has 10 lakh tulip bulbs which bloom into flowers of varied colours, mostly imported from Holland.

Floriculture department expects an income of Rs. 73 lakhs from the entry tickets to Tulip Garden this season. Tulip Garden will remain open for visitors till May 10.

“I had heard a lot about this garden. Its view is breathtaking actually. I was excited to visit the garden but I think tulips have not bloomed yet. They should have opened it when garden would be in full bloom,” Veenu Gogia a tourist from Delhi said.

According to the officials at floriculture department recent snowfall and rains have affected the tulip bloom this spring.

“Due to the snow and the rains the flowering of tulips got affected. Many varieties have not bloomed yet because of the bad weather. We hope weather improves in a couple of days and the tulips will bloom,” director floriculture said.

“Yes it may impact the number of the visitors, but the garden is going to be in full bloom as the temperatures increase,” he added.

According to the state floriculture department the tulip bulbs are sown in the end of the November and usually with the onset of the spring season the tulips come in bloom.

“A temperature of 15 to 16 degrees Celsius is required for the tulips to blossom properly. Though the temperatures remained very low for past one month which is why it got delayed. Usually tulips bloom in spring and can be found in abundance in the month of April. This year also we expect a good crop,” said Pran Duloo, project officer at floriculture department.

“There is nothing to feel disappointed. Tulips are in full bloom, the thing is that some of the varieties bloom early and some a bit late. But people must visit and enjoy the scenic beauty of colourful tulips. The garden will flourish as thousands of tulips will keep blooming till May,” he added.

The tulips of hundreds of colours provide a delightful view to the thousands of local national and international visitors. According to the department of floriculture over million tulip bulbs display their beauty to the visitors.

Since its launch the tulip garden in Srinagar has become quite an attraction for thousands of tourists visiting the valley. The garden has provided a boom to tourism sector of the state with government earning a revenue of crores of rupees each year.


News Updated at : Sunday, April 6, 2014
 
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