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Tulip Garden, Jammu & Kashmir

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The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, formerly known as the Model Floriculture Centre, is located in Gulmarg, Srinagar. It occupies 30 hectares at the foot of the Zabarwan Range and is the largest tulip garden in Asia. Consisting of seven terraces, the garden is built on a sloping ground. Along with tulips, many other types of flowers, including hyacinths, daffodils, and ranunculus, have been added. More than 60 varieties of tulips numbering over a few lakhs can be found here. The beautiful garden is surrounded by Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, and Chashma Shahi on three sides.

Nearby Places to See

The picturesque Gulmarg valley is situated 52 kilometres from Srinagar in the Jammu and Kashmir province’s Baramulla district, at a height of 2,730 metres above sea level. Gulmarg has served as an inspiration for poets and artists for centuries. It is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the impressive Pir Panjal range, lush green meadows, deep ravines, and hills and valleys covered in pine forests. The Gulmarg valley, which translates literally as “a meadow of flowers,” has frequently been compared to heaven on earth. It is surrounded by mountains, among which the most impressive is Apharwat, which is accessible via the Gulmarg Gondola, the second-highest cable car ride in the world. Filmmakers have been drawn to it by its beauty, and several films have been filmed here.
Shankaracharya Temple
The Shankaracharya Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located on Gopadari Hill, southeast of Srinagar. This temple bears the name of the great philosopher Shankaracharya, who paid a visit to the valley around ten centuries ago and is thought to be one of the oldest shrines in the Kashmir Valley. The temple is built on a high, octagonal plinth and is 1,100 feet above the city of Srinagar.
Shalimar Garden
Shalimar Bagh, the largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley, was built in 1619 AD for Mughal emperor Jehangir’s wife, Noor Jahan. The Sanskrit name “Shalimar” means “the abode of love”. The garden, which is on the right side of Dal Lake, has four terraces that are stacked one on top of the other. Tall chinar trees that line the perimeter of the garden add to its beauty. Visitors come in large numbers, attracted by the Persian lilacs and cherry blossoms in bloom.
Nishat Garden
The Zabarwan mountain range provides a picturesque backdrop to Nishat Garden, the second-largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley, which is located on the eastern end of the Dal Lake. Also known as the Garden of Joy, it was designed and built by Asif Khan, the elder brother of Mughal queen Noor Jahan, in 1633. The garden’s design is inspired by traditional Persian garden layout.