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Tulip garden mesmerizes locals, holiday makers..

For Madhu Jain of New Delhi her trip to Kashmir would have been incomplete without a visit to the Tulip Garden here that was thrown open for public on Sunday.
Busy clicking selfies with the vast Tulip bloom in the background, Madhu exuded hope about fear among the prospective tourists visiting the Valley can be overcome by power of nature alongwith warmth and hospitality extended by Kashmiris.
“This bloom is extremely beautiful and has a unique attractiveness and warmth that refreshes the heart and mind of a person. Watching this show one gets a feeling that we have truly completed our journey of Kashmir. I would encourage more and more people to visit Kashmir,” says Madhu.
For another tourist Shilpa, the multi-coloured Tulips are no less than an open invitation to people across the world to visit Kashmir. “The J&K government should create a special kids zone in the garden so that kids spend some quality time in this garden. I would love to visit Kashmir again,” said Shipa.
Such is the enthusiasm created by the Tulip bloom that Floriculture Minister, Javed Mustafa Mir while speaking to mediapersons expressed great optimism about the forthcoming season.
“Almost 1200 tourists visited the garden yesterday and there are several of them here today as well. If all goes fine, we are hoping for a fruitful forthcoming tourist season,” Mir said.
Mir agreed that a handful of news channels are indulging negative propaganda against Kashmir. The minister said Tulip bloom and other activities would help to dispel such negative perception.
Almost 8000 locals and tourists visited the garden on Sunday, informed Secretary Floriculture, Talat Parvez adding that expansion plans of the garden are on the track.
Providing further details regarding the Tulip bloom, Director Floriculture, Mathoora Masoom said 12.25 lakh Tulip bulbs with 50 varieties have been put together to attract maximum tourists.
“A water channel on the Mughal pattern running parallel to the Tulip lawns has been recently constructed to make it more sprawling. Early variety, mid variety and late variety of Tulips at the garden will provide an opportunity for visitors throughout the next one month or so to enjoy this colorful treat,” Masoom said.
200 kanals at the Tulip Garden is under floriculture activities with Tulip as major crop growing. In addition to Tulips, other bulbous material grown in the garden includes 40,000 Hyacinths bulbs planted in a separate terrace, Narcissus, Daffodils and other ornamental plants.
Masoom said in order to make the Tulip Garden more eye-catching, an ornamental Cherry avenue and additional green spaces will be created at the Tulip garden.
A number of decorated kiosks and stalls showcasing handicrafts and cuisine of the Valley with traditional, ethnic touch have also been set up. An art gallery for art lovers at the garden alongwith free Wi-Fi services inside the garden are among value-additions.
Among those who were present at the inauguration of the Tulip Garden included tourism minister Tassaduq Mufti, MLA Sonwar Muhammad Ashraf Mir, secretary tourism Sarmad Hafeez, secretary floriculture Talat Parvez and director tourism Mehmood Shah.

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