I have never seen anything like this, other than the art of Henry Dudley Murphey, I thought to myself, as I entered Asia’s largest tulip garden in the early hours of the morning. The vast ocean of colours was just tulips, swaying gracefully in the breeze.
The Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir opens for the season in the first week of April every year.
1.2 million tulips across 60 varieties have been cultivated in the garden that has the most perfect setting: on the banks of the Dal Lake with the lower slopes of the Zabarwan Hills for backdrop.
If you’re planning to go, here’s what you should know:
- The tulip garden is located in Srinagar, an easy 15-min drive from city centre on the Boulevard Road along the banks of the Dal.
- The garden is open every day from sunrise to sunset through most of April every year. The best time to visit is either early morning or late afternoon. Prepare to spend at least two hours here.
- From here you can carry on to the beautiful Chashme Shahi and Pari Mahal gardens 10 minutes away.
A glimpse of the beautiful garden for those planning to visit it in the coming years, here are some postcards from this slice of paradise.