India: Himachal Pradesh may have more Tulip Gardens in near future

Encouraged by the huge tourist turnout at Himachal Pradesh’s (HP) first Tulip Garden at Palampur, the government may develop more Tulip Garden to boost tourism in the state.

Stating that more than 40,000 tourists visited the Tulip Garden in just two weeks time of its opening, Dr. Shashi Bhusan, principal scientist at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IBHT) informed that during the recent visit of chief minister (CM), Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu asked the Kangra deputy commissioner Dr. Nipun Jindal to explore more suitable locations in the region for developing such gardens.

The first Tulip Garden of HP was opened in February 2022 at the CSIR-IHBT campus, Palampur giving recognition to the hill city as Tulip City.

Dr. Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Director of CSIR-IHBT, said, “CSIR-IHBT Palampur has been working on tulip agrotechnology since 2018 and has discovered cold dessert locations (>2400 meter altitude) in Lahaul (HP) and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory) which were ideal for its bulb production,” adding that the tulip garden in the institute was established using locally produced bulbs and this year, 45,000 tulip plants of 12 varieties were grown.


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