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Srinagar Tulip Garden – Don’t Miss it!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Srinagar tulip garden is likely to open to visitors next month. Plan it to visit now and get mesmerised by its beauty. We will show you why.

Visiting Srinagar tulip garden was always on our bucket list. Somehow, we were not able to plan the trip to coincide with the blooming time. Last year, we decided to go. A holiday for the office on a Friday helped. We took another day off and went to see the lovely garden.

Our flight from Bangalore touched Srinagar airport around afternoon. As the flight took off from Delhi, the excitement mounted. The last thirty minutes of flight before landing Srinagar is a pleasure. Provided the weather holds good and not cloudy. We were lucky this time. The weather was clear. The mountains became visible half an hour before the scheduled arrival. We could see some mighty snow covered peaks. Some of them were covered partially in cloud. The view of the mountains from the sky was spectacular as we came closer to Srinagar. We did post a story on it on this blog Srinagar from the sky

Mushtaq was there to take care of us at the airport. We were with him when he drove us around when we went in August 2014 for Markha Valley trek in Ladakh. A amiable gentleman, he took us straight to our regular adda in front of tourism centre for a cup of Kashmiri Chai. After sipping the chai with buttered buns we went straight to the hotel, freshened up and left for seeing Srinagar tulip garden.

We were all excited to see the garden. But Mushtaq had an another plan. He said he will show us some spectacular scenes of the garden before we reach it. We started driving towards Taj Vivanta which is on a small hillock. As we started climbing and came half way, Mushtaq stopped the Scorpio and asked us to get down. He then asked us to look down the hill towards the Dal lake.

What we saw was stunning indeed!

Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

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Srinagar tulip garden as seen from the vantage point on the way to Taj Vivanta.

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“Saab, this is Srinagar tulip garden you are going to see” said Mushtaq.

We could not believe our eyes. We asked to take us fast to the garden. We couldn’t wait anymore. Mushtaq brought us down and took us behind Chashm-e-shahi garden. There was a small crowd. The weather was cloudy and we did not want it to rain. It was chilly and good that we both were wearing a pull over.

We took tickets costing Rs 50 per head and entered. We don’t want to write about what we saw. It is not possible to describe the beautiful landscape. It was sheer bliss.

Let the pictures tell the story. Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

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In the foreground are the himalayan ranges. Unfortunately, the summer was slightly harsher in Srinagar which had resulted in melting of all snow on mountains.

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The palace you find in the middle of the hills – Hari Mahal – belongs to royal family of Kashmir.

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A Pan shot……

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Rows and rows of tulips!!!

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A close up shot….

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This was a fascinating spot. A Chinar tree providing a lovely contrast to the colours…..

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White, Orange, Violet and Yellows….

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These blue-lavender was the pick of them all. They were just flowering.

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And this willow tree in the middle of the blooms…..

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Never ending rows of blooms!!

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Can you ever get a better place to get snapped!!

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In a far corner, we found a row of cherry trees in full bloom. This was an added bonus!

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Some macro shots……

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There is a lovely lake next to the garden with boating facility

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Please take a look at this lovely video of the Tulip garden. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUOEKGD7xAw

We were awestruck at the beauty and were mesmerised by the riot of colours. Plan now to go there next month. You will never regret it.

Travel Tips

a) It is better to go a week after the park opens when the crowd will be less.

b) The flowers will be at their best for a month. Make sure you plan your travel accordingly.

c) For other information on Srinagar, you can check out this link on this blog – Srinagar

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About the author

Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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