The famous tulip garden in Srinagar opened for visitors on Sunday.
Known as Asia's largest tulip garden, it has over 12 lakhtulips of 51 varieties, all in full bloom these days.
In addition to tulips, flowers of other varieties likedaffodils, hyacinths and ranunculus are also grown in the garden.
The garden, which is spread over 30 hectares of land, issituated in the mesmerising foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of theDal Lake.
The opening of the tulip garden marks the beginning of thetourist season in Kashmir.
Over 3,000 people, mostly locals and some tourists, visitedthe garden on Sunday.
Tulips of different colours dot the vast area of the gardenthat creates a semblance of similar spectacles seen in Holland that is famousthe world over for its majestic tulips.
Jammu and Kashmir governor's advisor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai,who is also advisor in-charge of the floriculture and tourism departments,complimented the floriculture department for throwing open the tulip garden forpublic viewing, an official spokesman said in a statement.
In his message, the advisor conveyed his appreciation to theofficials and workers of the floriculture department posted at the tulip gardenfor their hard-work and dedication, the statement read, adding: "He (Ganai)expressed the hope that tulip garden will attract tourists from outside thestate and boost the tourism sector in the state".
"The advisor urged the visitors to help maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the garden by observing various instructions of the management displayed on boards and prominent places in the garden," the statement read.