Srinagar: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar has entered the World Book of Records (London) as Asia’s largest such park.
The garden is adorned with 1.5 million tulip bulbs from an ensemble of 68 distinct varieties, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
A lakh visitors have visited the picturesque garden, the Union Minister said.
“‘Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast’. The picturesque paradise of tulips in Srinagar enters the World Book of Records as being Asia’s largest! 1.5 million tulip bulbs showcasing an astonishing collection of 68 distinct tulip varieties- attracting 100,000 visitors!” Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted along with a couplet written by poet Amir Khusro.
The tulip garden is located between the Dal Lake and the Zabarwan hills in Srinagar and is spread over 30 hectares.
Besides a scenic display of tulips, the garden, formerly known as Siraj Bagh, has other spring flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, muscari and cyclamens.
According to Srinagar Tourism, the park was opened in 2007 with the aim of boosting floriculture and tourism in the Kashmir Valley. It is built on sloping ground in a terraced fashion, consisting of seven terraces.