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In pictures: the people behind Asia’s largest Tulip garden in Kashmir

The opening day of Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in Srinagar witnessed a good number of visitors on Thursday.

These are the people from the Floriculture Department who despite harsh winter made the tulips blossom this year.

Mohammad Shafi who works as a gardener in the floriculture department said, during the harsh winters when there was snow all around the garden they had to clear the snow to plant the tulips.

“It takes eleven months for us to prepare the garden and ideally we start the work in the garden for tulips from the
November month. It is a very tough job in harsh winter, more than 150 men are involved in preparing the Garden for visitors,” he said.

Another gardener Zahid Ahmad said they had to clear more than 2ft of snow to plant the tulips.

“This year was very tough because of harsh winter,” he said.

Dr Inaam, in charge of the Tulip Garden, said that the department worked hard this year to open the garden for visitors, especially after not being able to open it last year following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Currently 25 per cent tulips have fully bloomed. In the coming days the entire garden will bloom with tulips,” he said.

He further said the garden ideally remains open for one month for visitors, however depending upon the weather it may get extended at times.

“The life of the tulip depends upon the weather conditions. The hotter it is, the less will be the life of the tulip,” he said.

Dr Inam also appealed to the people visiting the garden to follow the Covid-19 Sops and guidelines.

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