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Bloom of tulips pulls tourists back to Kashmir

When 1.5 million tulips bloomed in Asia’s largest tulip garden last year, there was no one to appreciate their beauty, and they withered as the world was busy fighting a pandemic.

This year, the garden overlooking Kashmir’s iconic lake opened on March 25 — and visitors haven’t stopped coming ever since.

Estimates put the number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the garden at 50,000 in the first week of opening.

Known as Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, it is spread across 30 hectares in the foothills of the snow-clad Zabarwan Range in the city of Kashmir. A 30-minute drive from Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, will take you there.

Inam Rehman Sofi, the caretaker of the garden, told Zenger News that this year, the  Department of Floriculture Kashmir has planted nearly 1.5 million tulip bulbs of around 62 varieties. Visitors will also find flowers such as Muscari (grape hyacinths), hyacinths, and daffodils.

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