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Tulip garden to be opened in May

Spread over five hectares, Asia's largest tulip garden overlooking the Dal lake in Srinagar will be opened for public viewing next month.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 15:53 IST

Spread over five hectares, Asia's largest tulip garden overlooking the Dal lake in Srinagar will be opened for public viewing next month.

The tulip garden, which is located at the foothills of Zabarwan hills with 12 lakh tulip plants, is expected to bloom in the next few days, said director of Floriculture Sarwar Naqash.

Over 400 labourers, including 150 gardeners, are working in three shifts to complete the work by Tuesday, Naqash said, adding the work being done in the garden is in the final stages.

The garden has already started to come to life with white, red, orange and purple varieties of tulips already in bloom. However, the full bloom is only about a week away, he added.

Locally known as Sirajbagh, the tulip garden is emerging as a flori-marvel with a splendid view. In all, 60 varieties of early, mid, late and very late blooming tulips will spread a rainbow of red, orange, purple, white, pink, parrot and yellow colours in the garden, he said.

The unfinished works in the final stages include four fountains, gate plaza, cemented paths, landscaping and a guest house. These are all scheduled to be completed by tomorrow, Naqash said.

The brainchild of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the garden was a major tourist attraction last year.

The tickets priced at Rs 50 for adults and Rs 20 for children have been developed with beautiful prints which can be kept as souvenirs, Naqash said.