Srinagar, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

Though the majority ' Gulilas' are yet to bloom, the Asia's largest tulip garden in the foot hills of the Zabarwan hills overlooking the famed Dal Lake will be thrown open for tourists and locals from April 5.

The opening of the garden was delayed by about two weeks due to snowfall and rain during the month of March which has resulted slow developing of tulips.

However, tourists and locals visiting the garden last week were disappointed as only few tulips could be seen here and there.

However, some other varieties of flowers are there in the garden.

Officials said that this year about ten lakh tulips were to greet tourists as more area has been added to the garden. However, due to snowfall, rain and icy cold winds, majority tulips are yet to bloom and prediction for more rain was a cause of concern.

This winter was also very harsh as the minimum temperature remained below freezing point for most period.

After record number of tourists, including skiers and adventure lovers, this winter, officials expected record tourists this summer.

The garden has succeeded in bringing forward the tourist season in Kashmir by more two months as normally the season starts from mid May before the tulip garden.

The tourism department has already introduce more destinations for winter tourism to attract more guests.

Surviving harsh winter, lakhs of tulips in about 70 varieties are in the process to develop in the garden. However, officials said that if weather will not improve majority tulips would not develop.

But they said if sun will appear during the next few days, tulips in almost all varieties will be in full bloom very soon.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)