Asia's Largest Tulip Garden in Kashmir Records 2.15 Lakh Visitors in 22 Days Despite Covid-19 Pandemic
Located in the foothills of snow-clad Zabarwan mountain range, Asia's largest tulip garden in Kashmir has witnessed a record number of visitors since its opening on March 25. According to official figures from Directorate of Forticulture, more than 2.15 lakh visitors has arrived in this iconic garden during the last 22 days. Along with tourists from different parts of the country, Tulip garden also attract local visitors every year.
'Last year, the garden was closed due to coronavirus lockdown which left many visitors disappointed but this year a huge rush was witnessed in the past 22 days,' said Farooq Ahmed Rather, Director of Forticulture Department, adding that out of 2.15 lakh visitors, 1,43,000 were locals while nearly 72,000 were tourists from different states.
Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was opened in 2008 by then chief minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state Ghulam Nabi Azad.