Kashmir’s Mughal gardens open for public

April 13th, 2008 - 7:33 pm ICT by admin  

Srinagar, April 13 (IANS) The exotic Mughal gardens along the Dal Lake here were thrown open for the public Sunday. Thousands of local residents were among the first day’s visitors to the gardens, presenting a festive look.

The added attraction to the string of gardens dotting the periphery of the Dal Lake is the tulip garden, with multihued tulips now in full bloom.

The Mughal gardens have been historically thrown open to the public on Baisakhi, marking spring in Kashmir and Rabi harvesting in north India.

The gardens are resplendent with myriad colours of flowers like pansy, daffodils and tulips.

Mughal emperor Jahangir, who was smitten by the beauty of Kashmir, planned the Shalimar garden while the nearby Nishat garden was his brother-in-law Asif Jah’s brainchild.

The terraced gardens, apart from being floral feasts to the eye, are dotted with magnificent Chinar trees, cascades and fountains.

The floriculture department is now earning revenue with the tulip garden entry fee fixed at Rs.50 while the entry fee for visiting other gardens is Rs.10 only.

“Thousands of domestic tourists and local residents visited the gardens on the opening day. However, the tulip garden is the preferred destination these days. As the weather improves here, we expect more and more people to visit these places of tourist attraction in Srinagar,” said a senior floriculture officer here.

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