After checking in my hotel and having a good sound sleep for a few hours, I decided to go out and start my adventure. The first place that I visited in Srinagar was the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. The garden is situated in the Siraj Bagh area of Srinagar and is considered to be the largest Tulip Garden of Asia. Spanning over an area of 12 hectares, the garden is situated on the banks of Dal Lake. The picturesque garden is a visual treat for anyone who visits the place.
The garden is located on the foot of the Zabarwan hills, with a beautiful view of the Dal Lake in vicinity. The garden was started by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir at that time Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad in order to boost the tourism of the state along with floriculture of the state. There are over 20 lakh tulips blooming in the Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens and the garden is also surrounded by the exotic Mughal Gardens at Chashmashahi and the renowned Nishat Bagh.
The garden as I said before is a visual treat for anyone. It is one of those garden where the retro romantic songs of Bollywood were shot. The coloured tulips and the hills in the background gave some amazing pictures to be captured in my camera. The place is a delight for any nature photography lover. The Dal Lake and Zabarwan hills in the background added many dimensions to the beauty of this garden. It was a perfect place to go for an evening stroll and forget about all the other tensions and anxieties of life for some moment.
It is said that time between October and April is the best time to visit the Gardens as this is when tulips are fully blooming. There are over 70 varieties of Tulips which are grown in the garden. It also host an annual Tulip festival in the middle of the month of April. The place is a must visit for all those on a trip to Srinagar and the Garden remains open from 9 AM to 7 PM everyday.