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The gorgeous Srinagar Tulip Festival

The gorgeous Srinagar Tulip Festival

India, Jammu and Kashmir, North, Photo Essays, Travel Extras

Spring is here and love is in the air. Flowers and love go hand in hand and this series is dedicated to gorgeous spring blooms from all over the world. In the first post on this series, I shared a top secret offbeat destination in Thailand called the Red Lotus Sea. Possibly the pinkest place on earth, Red Lotus Sea is a visual delight. Our Indian spring is not to be left behind and Kashmir literally gets carpeted with flowers during this time. From the multi-tiered grand Nishat Bagh to the intrepid Badamwari, the whole valley is one large flower bowl. Kashmir’s flower fetish does not end here and its quintessential wooden shikaras (gondolas) slice through the riotously blooming lotus forests with their heart-shaped oars. Needless to say, Kashmir is quite a floral paradise in spring and to top it all, every year the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board celebrates the spectacular Srinagar Tulip Festival.

Zabarwan Range is visible as a backdrop to the srinagar tulip festival
Welcome to Srinagar.
Srinagar tulip festival is best viewed in april
A city of
there are hundreds of varieties at srinagar tulip festival
Legendary beauty
apple blossoms bloom in april in kashmir
And flowers.

Come April and its time for Kashmir to host the Srinagar Tulip Festival

Held every year in April at the foot of the Zabarwan Range, Srinagar Tulip Festival is a sight to behold. Touted as the largest of its kind in Asia, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden spreads over 12 hectares and holds more than 10 lakhs bulbs. Blooming starts when the sun basks the valley in a crisp toasty way making the Zabarwan foothill get carpeted with rows of smiling cups of colours. More than 70 varieties of tulips bloom at Srinagar Tulip Garden and along with them come groves of daffodils, irises and hyacinths. I had seen endless photos of the beautiful flower festival on the internet before actually experiencing it in reality and although the pictures had been breathtaking, they had not prepared me for the magic of the garden. It was a weekday when I left the rippling silver waters of the Dal Lake to head over to the Tulip Garden and a small, yet steady stream of visitors walked uphill to the venue. Chinars stood in silent rows on both sides of the road and the sun was unseasonably warm for a spring day.

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Many rare blooms at Srinagar tulip festival
The delicate fray edge petals of tulips

Tulips, willows, almond blossoms and the mighty Zabarwan Range

The heat made the bees buzz aloud from the horticulture parks and street vendors hawked souvenirs, water, cold drinks near the ticket booth. The entrance to the famous Srinagar Tulip Festival was deceptively bland with a few beds of flowers in various stages of bloom, but the scene changed the moment I explored deeper. The vista of rows of multicoloured flower beds smiling up to a blue sky from the shadow of the craggy Zabarwan Range opened up suddenly and I nearly gasped out loud at the sight of such tremendous beauty. Drooping feathery willows interspersed in between the tulip beds and in one corner heavily blossoming almond trees created a natural boundary of white flowers.

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Purple, Yellow, Red, or White, what is your favourite colour at the Srinagar Tulip Festival?

The colours were of a mind-boggling range and delicate peaches, pristine whites, moody purples, deep scarlets and fiery yellows swayed in the heady April sunshine. Shapes and sizes of the tulips too came in various types and from the regular cup-shaped beauties to the fray edged rare white blooms, the entire garden was a magnificent bouquet. Tourists milled about in pairs and with young families making a lot of noise and the large black jackdaws cawed out loud. Yet nothing affected the grandeur of the Srinagar Tulip Garden and the sight of the flowers simply melted away the annoyances.

srinagar tulip festival is the biggest in asia
April heralds
the yellow and pink flowers at srinagar tulip festival
A tulip galore
srinagar tulip festival was started in 2007
At the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
apart from tulips srinagar tulip festival has many other flowers
In the flower-filled
gardeners resting at srinagar tulip garden
City of Srinagar.

Lovesick couples and a quiet spot at the Srinagar Tulip Festival

I walked along the garden which stretched into the undulating green borders of the mountains and from different angles, the tulip festival seemed to open up more breathtaking vistas. It was just too beautiful to be real and I sat down on a bench under a blooming almond tree to take in the spectacular sight in peace. At my feet, rows of blazing yellow tulips unfurled in rows and above my head shy almond blossoms clustered. It was at a quiet corner of the garden where apart from lovesick couples, not many visitors wandered in and I was left alone to enjoy my solitude in peace. Only the snip snip of gardeners’ scissors filled the air and one of them hummed a local song from the dense obscurity of the tulip blossoms. The flowers there were in full maturity and they faced the sun in glorious defiance.

The flowers at srinagar tulip festival have many funny names
These looked as if the flowers were on fire

The incredible experience called the Srinagar Tulip Festival

Outlandish names like Laptop and Margaritas neatly placarded off the different rows and it was a beautiful spring day, just as good as they get. It reminded me of a lovely wild cherry spring in Kodaikanal (you can read about it here) and my memories flew past in flowery hues. I did nothing much that day except to reminisce the magical beauty of the garden and in the evening, when the aromatic smoke of barbecuing beef skewers curled from every corner of Khayam Chowk, I silently thanked my “travel fairy godmother” for presenting me with such an incredible experience. Someone has truly and wisely advised, “Let life surprise you and you will never be disappointed” and Srinagar Tulip Festival was as lovely as a surprise can ever be.

Srinagar Tulip Festival Travel Facts

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is located at Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi, in Srinagar, Kashmir in India. It is a very popular location and easily accessible by road. The flowers bloom only for about 15 days in a year and depend on the temperature for the blossoming. Checking the dates of the festival closer to the expected time, between the end of March and early April makes the visit better prepared and you run lower risks of the disappointment of witnessing closed buds. The entry fees to the gardens are Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 25 for children. The garden is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day. For more information, check out the official Srinagar Tulip Garden website or look for updates on the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism page.

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Tulips burst open
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In Srinagar
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Turning it into
Well tended acres of srinagar tulip garden
A floral paradise.
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A popular flower festival,
flowers in bloom at srinagar tulip festival
The Srinagar Tulip Festival,
Purple tulip rows at Srinagar tulip festival
Is a much-awaited event.
gardener tending beds in srinagar tulip garden
An initiative started in 1997,
white tulips in display in srinagar
More than 70 varieties
commonly found tulips at srinagar tulip garden
Of tulips are showcased here.
rare black tulips at srinagar tulip festival
These include many rare blossoms,
Big red fully bloomed tulips at srinagar tulip festival
Commonly found tulips
Pretty pink tulips are srinagar tulip festival
Of prettiest colours,
Narcissi is also grown in srinagar tulip garden
And other flowers like hyacinth and narcissi.
almond trees border the srinagar tulip garden
Needless to say, it is
Beautiful and rare srinagar tulips blooming in april
An unforgettable experience,
endless rows of pretty candy yellow tulips at srinagar
One full of flowers
Romantic couple underneath almond trees in srinagar
And shy secret romance.


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  1. Archana Kapoor
    April 12, 2016 at 3:06 am

    So beautiful and amazing… and to see these lovely flowers in our own country is such a treat! thanks for sharing dearie 🙂

    • maverickbird
      April 12, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Wow. You made my day. Glad that you liked the post. The tulips had been stunning.

    • Archana Kapoor
      April 12, 2016 at 3:34 am

      Am glad… 🙂 Cheers and have a good one Svet!

    • maverickbird
      April 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      You too.

  2. Shrinidhi Hande
    April 12, 2016 at 5:49 am

    India’s Switzerland…

  3. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    April 12, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Mesmeric beauty…the tulips are just amazing!!

    • maverickbird
      April 12, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Thank you. The tulip garden was truly exquisite.

  4. Bushra Muzaffar
    April 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Gorgeous tulip blooms. Loving the flourish of colour. Awesome.

    • maverickbird
      April 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thank you. Those tulips had been absolute joy to photograph

    • maverickbird
      April 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you. The tulips were very pretty.

  5. Steps Together
    April 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Wow.. absolutely stunning captures.. treat for eyes..

    • maverickbird
      April 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you very much

  6. Puru
    April 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    There was a flurry of activity on the Himalayan Club group about the Tulip Festival and you brought that to my computer in all its pristine glory. Loved going through such beautiful photographs ! 🙂

    • maverickbird
      April 13, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Thank you. The Tulip Festival had been exquisite. Glad that you enjoyed the post.

  7. Ami
    April 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Beautiful. Funnily, I have not been here but have seen similar in Netherlands. Time to get that record straight. Well captured through words and pictures

    • maverickbird
      April 13, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you very much.

  8. Tales of travelling sisters
    April 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Simply stunning!! Its like having a glimpse into the colourful flower paradise.. This is indeed an incredible experience and all the captures are equally lovely 🙂

    • maverickbird
      April 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Wow. Thank you. Tulip Festival was indeed breathtaking.

  9. Andrew
    April 14, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Divine! So beautiful yet ordered!

    • maverickbird
      April 14, 2016 at 3:44 am

      Srinagar Tulip Garden was exquisite.

  10. Mahesh Semwal
    April 15, 2016 at 4:34 am

    beautifully written and equally supported by awesome pics !

    • maverickbird
      April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thank you very much

  11. Alok Singhal
    February 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Oh my God, I didn’t know even we have a Tulip festival back home! Splendid to say the least!

    I have my eyes set on the one in Holland, the largest I believe.

    • maverickbird
      February 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Thank you. The tulips of Srinagar were very pretty. I am looking forward to the Dutch Tulip Festival as well. Do get in touch when you guys come over and visit us for coffee.

  12. rupam { xhobdo }
    February 13, 2017 at 2:07 am

    So beautiful

  13. TravelerInMe
    February 13, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Simply beautiful. I love flowers……. Am sure its going to be a happy day 😍

    • maverickbird
      February 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Thank you. I love flowers too.

  14. Matheikal
    February 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Lovely colours

  15. Hemant Joshi
    February 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Can you tell me which camera you have used ?

    • maverickbird
      February 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thank you. I use Canon 550D.

  16. Sapna
    February 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Stunning and beautiful….

  17. Lensq
    April 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    It’s so beautiful! I want to go to Srinagar now

    • maverickbird
      April 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thank you. Incidentally, the tulip festival in Srinagar is on right now. Hope you get to experience it.

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