Tulip Festival in Srinagar is a grand affair of natural beauty where flower beds are scattered upon several terraces. Your trip to Kashmir in April 2021 would not be considered complete without visiting Asia's most extensive Tulip Garden. This magnificent festival in Srinagar is celebrated every year with full fervor and joy. The Floriculture department organizers announced plans to plant 1.5 million tulip bulbs of 62 varieties in 2021 Tulip Garden. The picturesque garden sprawls over 30 hectares. In short, the Tulip Festival in 2021 will take your breath away!
Starting and Ending Dates of Tulip Festival in 2021
Tulip Festival is hosted in Kashmir Valley during the onset of the Spring Season. You can get ready to be a part of it in April 2021 as the festival will commence from 3rd April to 30th April 2021.
Major Highlights of the Tulip Festival in 2021
Tulip Festival 2021 is a must-attend event for flower enthusiasts, nature lovers, fans, aficionados, tulip lovers, and tourists worldwide. There are many varieties of these amazing flowers; some of them are mentioned below. Let's see how many of them you can find at the Tulip Festival.
Standard Tulips – These are the normal tulips that are available from florists to local gardens.
Double Bloom – Instead of a single petal of standard tulip, double bloom has many layers.
Parrot Tulips – They appear as ruffled petals in various hues depicting the plumage of tropical parrot.
Fringed Tulips – The edges and shape are frilly and fringed.
Bi-Color Standard Tulips – They display a variation in terms of color when compared with the standard tulip.
Rembrandt – pale colored tall tulips
Fosteriana Tulips – They vary in height and have pretty bud.
Lily-Flowering Tulips – These flowers have long, pointed petals with arch at the tips.
Single Late Tulips – Stunning cup-shaped tulips with widest range of colors
Triumph – Wide range of shades, splendid tones and bi colors are the characteristic features of these tulips.
What’s special in Tulip Festival of 2021?
There are some added attractions in the Tulip Festival of 2021. Nature has bestowed the garden with more varieties of flowers this year. Moreover, visitors can avail the benefits of surplus facilities like free Wi-Fi, more fountains, washrooms (separate for the specially-abled persons) and drinking points.
More green spaces are included in the garden area keeping in mind the comforts of the tourists. Extra plants like daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus and other ornamental plants are planted to ornate the area. Water channel running through the terraces will add charm to the garden.
Visitors will now be able to buy souvenirs and savor Kashmiri dishes from outside the garden area. This will be possible because of the decorated stalls and kiosks exhibiting cuisine and handicrafts of Kashmir.
Places to visit near Tulip Garden
The prime location of the Tulip Garden makes it the most visiting place in Srinagar. This park is surrounded by scenic hills, attractive gardens of Mughal era and most importantly, it overlooks the awe-inspiring Dal Lake. Given below are some other attractions that lie in close proximity.
Chashme Shahi Garden – This garden is center of attraction for housing a natural spring that flows from it.
Pari Mahal – Overlooking the amazing Chashm-E-Shahi Gardens, this historic monument was once a Buddhist Monastery.
Shankaracharya Temple – Soak in the beauty of snow-cladded Pin Panjal Range from this age old temple situated at a height of 1100 feet.
Dal Lake – Dal Lake is truly a paradise on Earth. The beauty of this breathtaking lake is beyond description. A Shikara Ride is a must here.
Nishat Gardens – Spotted at a distance of 3.2 km from Tulip Garden, Nishat Bagh is a home to long avenues of Cypress and Chinar trees, rare flowers and fountains.
Mughal Gardens – A confluence of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashm-E-Shahi, this park draws the crowd for its cascading fountains.
Shalimar Bagh – Another well-manicured garden built by Jahangir, a Mughal emperor. Praise the outstanding craftsmanship of the Mughals in terms of horticulture here.
Nagin Lake – The azure waters of this lake are sure to leave you spellbound.
Hazratbal – This sacred Muslim shrine is visited by many on religious occasion to see a relic of heir of Prophet Muhammad. A vibrant fair is held afterwards.
Local Markets – Visit the local market to buy the specialties of Srinagar like leather products, Cashmere Shawls, carpets, mats, rugs, woolen clothes and dry fruits etc.
How to Reach Tulip Gardens?
Located on the foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar, the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden can be reached by air, rail, and road.
By Air: Tulip Gardens are easily accessible from Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar. It is well connected and has regular flights from major domestic destinations. Buses or private/shared taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Tulip Garden.
By Rail: To reach Srinagar by train, you can either get off at Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. They are well-connected with prominent cities of India. From these stations, you can take private taxis or state government buses to reach Tulip Garden.
By Road: Srinagar is well-connected by road with cities like Jammu, Delhi, and Chandigarh. You can hire JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar and reach the destination.
Entry Fee at Tulip Garden in 2021
The entry fee to the garden is Rupees 25 for children and Rupees 50 for adults.