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Tulips blooming! Kashmir calling!!

Asia’s biggest Tulip Garden at Siraj Bagh in Srinagar, Kashmir is now open for the year. Normally the garden opens with the start of April. But this year it has opened a week earlier owing to favourable weather conditions. We can also say that because the winter winded up a bit early and it brought the spring before time in the valley, hence the tulips also started blooming early. Hence the garden at Siraj Bagh on the banks of the Dal Lake was thrown open for the tourists on 25th March, a week earlier than last year. These are images from the park from the first day itself.

Blast from the past: Tulip garden at heaven!Not all the bulbs have bloomed, still some to go. It would be full by the start of April. It is indeed once in a lifetime chance to see more than a million tulips of different hues and shades blooming at a place which we call as paradise on earth. But remember Tulips don’t have a big life. Flowers will be blooming just for 3 to 4 weeks. So, you don’t have too much time in hand, if you want to see them this year, or else you will have to wait for another year. Moreover heavy rains or too much of heat, both can also destroy the bulbs. So, sooner the better. Interestingly, this Tulip festival also marks the start of the tourism season in Kashmir valley.

Life in paradise! Read: Never a dull morning in the Dal!In just ten years, this garden has become darling of tourists and locals alike. It has become one of the must-see destinations of the Kashmir itinerary in the months of April. This year the garden has been extended to add other plants like Hyacinths, Daffodils, Narcissus and other ornamental plants. In this season 40,000 Hyacinth tulip bulbs have been planted at a separate terrace.

Love Kashmir? Read: Kashmir we know less about- Kheer Bhawani at Tulmul To add the beauty of the already charming landscape, additional green spaces are being created to attract more visitors to this garden overlooking world-famous Dal Lake. This year free wi-fi service has been provided inside the premises for the visitors.

Formerly known as Siraj Bagh this garden was rechristened as Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in 2008 when it was converted into a  Tulip garden. It is located on the other side of the Dal where all Mughal Gardens are located on the foothills of Zabarwan hills. Chashmeshahi is close by.

First day… first show! Watch a video of tulips blooming this year on my YouTube channel by clicking on the link below

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Floralia Brussels ready to surprise again

Photo: Floralia Brussels
Photo: Floralia Brussels

Its spring time and most of northern hemisphere is laden with flowers of all types and colours. Every year this time you will feel that world couldn’t have been more beautiful! You can be at many places and Belgium is indeed one of them. As it is time for Floralia Brussels.

Photo: Floralia Brussels
Photo: Floralia Brussels

Especially for the new flowering time, the gardeners of the castle have planted again more than one million bulbs. There are more than 500 varieties of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other related varieties. The artists have also created a carpet of wild flowers, a heart of different red tulips and a labyrinth in the colours of a rainbow. You will find here the largest Belgian collection of rhododendrons and azaleas from Exbury Gardens (England). In the large greenhouse, one can admire a wide range of flower arrangements realized by florist Hans Danko and his team.

Photo: Floralia Brussels
Photo: Floralia Brussels

After 6 months of restoration, the Donjon, dated from the 14th century, will be again accessible to its roof terrace from where you can see the Atomium and the basilica of Brussels. The rooms of each floor will be decorated in different themes.

Photo: Floralia Brussels
Photo: Floralia Brussels

The park will welcome Venetian visitors during the weekend of 18 and 19 April. Twenty costumed characters will parade through the park on Saturday in the afternoon and Sunday the whole day. After the participation at the Carnival of Venice they look forward to presenting you their newest costumes. In several places young musicians from the Music academy of Dilbeek will entertain the audience with their performances. The castle of Grand-Bigard may also expect the fanfare on Friday 1 May. With a ticket of 12 EUR per adult Floralia Brussels will remain open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo: Floralia Brussels
Photo: Floralia Brussels

Tourists have long marvelled at the beauty of Belgium’s ancient monuments and castles.The province of Brabant is home to several of them, testimony to a glorious past, but the castle in the pretty village of Grand Bigard, 7 km west of Brussels, is certainly one of the most beautiful. The castle of Grand Bigard, first built in the XIIth century, is surrounded by a broad moat, its deep waters reflecting the centuries-old beech trees. A five-arch bridge, headed by two XVIIth century heraldic apes crosses over to the drawbridge leading to the fortified entrance dating back to the XIVth century. The castle itself, built in the XVIIth century, is a vast edifice of remarkably pure style: it is a wonderful example of the Flemish Renaissance, with a long, one-storied main building in pink brick, contrasting beautifully with the white stone mullioned windows and the blue slate roof. The chapel, in the right wing, has remained unchanged for the last three centuries, and the left wing is surmounted by a bulb-shaped roof. Erected around 1347, the dungeon, a massive 30-metre high structure next to the fortified entrance, has four floors. The walls are two metres thick. There is a marvellous view of Brussels and the Flemish countryside to be had from the fourth floor terrace.

Tulip Garden at Heaven

Kashmir is often referred to as Heaven on Earth and Tulip Gardens at the foothills of Zabarwan hills in Srinagar is one more addition to its glory. It is biggest Tulip Garden in whole of Asia. Spread in area of about 30 hectares, this garden has more than seventy varieties of Tulips in more than 2 million bulbs. Many of these vaieties have been imported from far Europe. Its a colour riot, a sight to behold with picturesque Dal lake in foreground. In just six years, this garden has become darling of tourists coming to Kashmir valley. This garden is in Chashmeshahi area with Botonical garden adjacent to it and many of the Mughal gardens for company in close vicinity. A must see for every tourist coming to India and Kashmir.