Yes, cherry blossom is beautiful, but have you seen India’s tulips?


The tulip fields in India could rival Japan’s cherry blossoms. Source: Shutterstock

AROUND this time every year, hordes of people flock to Japan to witness cherry blossoms flower in full bloom.

As the streets and parks turn shades of chic pink, calm orange, and magnolia white, people travel from all over to capture this stunning spring event.

But Japan isn’t the only place in Asia that welcomes spring with an array of incredible flora.

In the Zabarwan Hills in Srinagar, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is home to over 1.2 million vibrant tulips that blanket the banks of the Dal Lake.

It is home to 60 varieties of tulips that sway gently in the cool mountain breeze to create a fantastic rainbow effect.

The gardens have only been open since the weekend and already throngs of tourists have turned out to capture this colorful event.

An elderly Japanese couple visiting the gardens told Conde Nast Travellers, “We are from Nara Prefecture in Japan, legendary for its cherry blossoms.”

“The world comes to Japan in spring but this year we decided to visit you [India].”

The tulip garden is just a short 15-minute drive from the city center on the Boulevard Road along the banks of Dal Lake.

This route is incredibly picturesque. If you’ve got your camera out, get ready to snap pictures of the flowers then make a few pit stops to capture the glistening sun on the lake.

The park is open until April 25, every single day for your sightseeing enjoyment.

The best time to visit is either at sunrise or at sunset.

The orange glow from the sun makes the lake shine and animate the mountainous backdrop behind the stunning tulips field.