Srinagar, Apr 13 UNI | 4 months ago

Asia's largest tulip garden overlooking world famous Dal Lake, on the foot of Zabarwan hills attracts large number of tourists and locals besides Bollywood though a large number of Gulilalas are yet to bloom because of unfavorable weather conditions during the past about one month.

Because of chilly winds following heavy snowfall and rains during February and March tulips blooming was delayed this time.

The garden was thrown open April 5 when majority tulips were yet to develop.

However, during the past one week the weather witnessed some improvement and majority tulips developed.

Heavy rains during the night was a cause of concern for the employees looking after the garden as there was prediction for more rain during the next 48 hours. The life of tulip is very short depending upon the weather conditions. If weather will remain normal it will last for more days, the experts said, adding that in case of rain it will die soon.

Despite the fact the garden was thrown open after a delay of 11 days against 2013, a large number of gulilalas are still missing, when there were 10 lakh tulips in the garden.

However, as compared to first few days when the garden was this year with just few hundred of tulips, a good number of tulips could be seen in the garden, which attracts a large number of tourists, locals and Bollywood people during the past few days.

Last year more than 1.50 lakh tourists and locals visited the garden. After record tourists, including skiers and adventure lovers, this winter officials were expecting record tourists this summer, with tulip garden first summer destination in Kashmir.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)