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Asia's largest tulip garden inaugurated in Kashmir

Srinagar, April 07, 2007 (Kashmir Newz Desk) :

Asia's largest tulip garden, which could also become the world's second largest, was today thrown open to the public in Srinagar, the summer capital of the conflict-ridden Indian administrated Kashmir.

Situated on the banks of the world famous Dal Lake and only a few minutes drive from the city centre through the Boulevard Road, the tulip garden, also known as Siraj Baghhas around 300,000 flowers at bloom.

Even before the inauguration of the garden, the state authorities have received requests from three major Bollywood film producers for shooting in the garden this year.

Director Tourism Farooq Ahmad Shah today inaugurated the garden.

"We engaged consultants from the Netherlands and imported 50 exotic varieties of the tulips to be grown here.

"Finally to be extended to 90 acres, Sirajbagh is Asia's largest tulip garden," Shah said.

Shah feels that the tulip garden would be another attraction for thousands of tourists visiting Kashmir as a wide variety of tulips could be found here.

The government is also planning to have tulip gardens in the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam to add to the beauty of these destinations.

Director Gardens and Parks K K Sharma said it would become the second largest tulip garden in the world once the entire area of 28 hectares is brought under flower cultivation.

"We sowed around 350,000 tulip bulbs in this garden last year," said an official of the gardens and parks department.

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