Srinagar, April 01: Secretary Tourism Farooq Ahmed Shah Saturday opened Asia’s largest tulip garden near the Dal Lake here. Besides Director Floriculture Muhammad Hussain Mir and Jammu Kashmir Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmed, Secretary Tourism was accompanied by a large number of officials from Floriculture and Tourism Department.
Reports said that shortly after the garden that carries 15 lakh tulips of 46 varieties was thrown open for public, a large crowd thronged there to enjoy the fascinating sight of colourful tulips.
“It’s fascinating to watch yellow, red, pink, purple tulips in such a beautiful surrounding. It’s amazing to watch blooming tulips everywhere,” said a tourist from Maharashtra.
While talking to reporters, Secretary Tourism Farooq Ahmed Shah said that there is no comparison between Kashmir and Switzerland when it comes to climate and landscape.
“Tourists should visit here. The flight for Kashmir is just an hour away from Delhi. People here are known for their hospitality and I am sure whosoever visits this place will forget other tourist places,” Shah said and hoped this season a large number of tourists will visit Valley.
This time, visitors can enjoy soothing music inside the garden as Cultural Academy will hold a 15 day’s long musical festival there. Besides, stalls have been erected inside the garden where from tourist and general public can make purchases. (CNS