The number of people who visited the scenic Tulip Garden in the past three weeks has surpassed last year’s total visitor footfall of 1.80 lakh. The number is expected to increase as the garden will remain open to public at least till the end of this month, officials said.
The rush this season is the highest in the past three years. Officials said that 1.50 lakh people visited the garden in 2017.
Director floriculture KA Hafiz said that since summer vacations are beginning in several states of the country, more tourists are expected to visit the garden.
“With robust promotion of the garden we expect the footfall to further increase. Whether the garden will remain open beyond April depend on weather and the bloom,” said Hafiz. About 1.2 million tulips of 50 varieties have bloomed in the 360-kanal garden. Besides tourists from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and some other states, a large number of locals are also visiting the Tulip garden, he said.
“A large number of visitors from Thailand and Malaysia have also visited the garden which sends across a positive message globally. People of all age groups indulge in clicking selfies and take back colourful memories from here,” he said.
Tourism players have also expressed optimism over the increased influx of people visiting the Tulip Garden. They said the main aim of the garden is to bring forward to April the tourist season of Kashmir that usually begins from May
“This helps the tourism sector. The response has been overwhelming from both locals and tourists. Care is taken about comfort and convenience of visitors coming to the garden,” said director tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani.
In order to woo more tourists, a musical festival was organized at the garden during last few days. Illumination of the Tulip Garden helping tourists to Tulip garden during evening hours has also been a success, officials said.