The Himalayan states planned at least six tulip gardens in the twenty-first century. Half of these are operational. A pair completed pilot phase. The remaining one is mired in controversies.
The name of Holland conjures up whenever there is a talk about tulips. However, tulips aren’t Dutch natives. Tulips are wildflowers from the Himalayas and Persia (Iran). The travelers brought the flowers to Turkey and other parts of Europe. Tulips grow in mountainous areas between Central Asia to Europe.
Turkey royals loved tulips so much that they banned the flower export during Tulip Era. The Dutch were overly fascinated with the flower during 1634-1637. The phenomenon dubbed as Tulip Mania.
Tulips are sown before winter begins. The plant bears flowers in spring (March-April-May). The ornamental bulbous perennials prefer cold temperatures. The bloom may have single color or multi-colour petals. The frost-sensitive flower grows in various colours, including blue, lilac, mauve, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow.
Let’s have a look at the Himalayan gardens:
The largest tulip garden of Asia grows lakhs of flowers in numerous colors, including imported Dutch and rare tulips.
The 30-hectare-garden in the Zabarwan range opens in March-April. The garden facing Dal Lake hosts annual tulip festival.
The terraced garden, inaugurated in 2007, has seven terraces. Each terrace features different types of tulips. Hyacinths, daffodils, ranunculus, and other flowers grow with tulips. Earlier the garden was called Model Floriculture Center, Siraj Bagh.
1. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar (1,600m), Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir
2. Tulip Garden in Highland Park at Kud in Udhampur (760m), Union Territory of Jammu Kashmir
The garden houses 9,000 tulips in five colours on 1.5 kanals.
Craignano Nature Park, about an hour’s drive from Shimla, houses a small tulip garden that opened for public in 2018. Red and pink tulips bloom in March-April in the garden located at about 2,121m. The Craignano hills clothed with oak and deodar forest is named after an Italian town.
3. Tulip Garden, Himachal Pradesh
4 and 5. (Pilot) Tulip Gardens in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
Colorful blossoms in a pair of pilot tulip gardens covering a small area in Pithorgarh district did not draw visitors because of COVID in April-May 2020.
The pilot projects are located (1) near Mostyamanu and Pashupatinath temples in Chandak (1,830m) and (2) in Nature Education and Eco Park Centre (2,760m) in Munsiyari. The snow-covered Panchachuli range forms a backdrop of the latter tulip garden.
The district plans to convert the pilot gardens into a full fledge garden covering an area of 50-hectare. The ambitious project would take away the crown of the largest Asian tulip garden from Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
Himachal Pradesh planned the second largest tulip garden of India in Tapovan near Siddhbadi, Dharamshala during 2016-18. Till date the dream of the garden did not realise for various reasons.
The proposed garden in the Dhauladhar was to come up at Nirwana village on the bank of Nodrani brook. Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) financed the garden covering 200-300 kanals. The project designed with the help of the Netherlands was to showcase imported Dutch tulips.
6. (Planned) Tulip Garden in Dharamshala (1,250-1,800m), Himachal Pradesh
July 7, 2021: Version 1
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