Kashmir Tulip Garden among top 5 in world: Canada Summit

Kashmir Tulip Garden among top 5 in world: Canada Summit

“The Indian ambassador to Canada also tweeted about the recognition to our Tulip Garden. This is a great boost to Kashmir tourism,” Shah said.

At a time when tourism in Kashmir is seeking its revival, a recognition at Tulip Summit in Canada has come as a shot in the arm for its promotion. Kashmir’s Tulip Garden has been judged among the “Top five tulip destinations” in the world by the World Tulip Summit Society.

The Tulip Garden received this recognition after competing with 17 countries including US, Japan, Turkey, Holland, UK and China in the 7th World Tulip Summit held in Canada’s capital city Ottawa on October 7. Earlier in 2015, the Tulip Garden was judged as second best Tulip destination of the world by the same society at an event in South Korea.

Javed Ahmed Shah, former district floriculture officer, who participated in the summit said the recognition being conferred on Kashmir’s Tulip Garden is a huge achievement for promotion of tourism.

“I gave a detailed presentation on creation of Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in Kashmir at the summit and also showcased tourism related videos to promote Kashmir tourism. I was overwhelmed that we received this recognition,” Shah said.

Tulip Garden situated at the Zabarwan foothills in Srinagar was judged the fourth best garden worth visiting. The top three spots were bagged by Floriade in Canberra, Australia; Istanbul Tulip Festival in Turkey and Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in USA.

“The Indian ambassador to Canada also tweeted about the recognition to our Tulip Garden. This is a great boost to Kashmir tourism,” Shah said.

“Kashmir’s Tulip Garden is being given an opportunity to participate in the festival next year. It was decided that a replica of the garden will be showcased at the Canadian Tulip Festival, 2018. This will depict culture and heritage of Kashmir,” Shah said.

More than 1.50 lakh people visited the Tulip Garden in April-May 2017 to get mesmerized by the 1.5 million Tulips spread over 360 kanals of land.

During the festival it was informed that among future plans for the Tulip Garden are development of a water channel and a Japanese ornamental Cherry theme garden along with an avenue. There are also plans of illumination so that tourists can visit the garden during late evening hours as well, an official said.