Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, For­mer Chief Min­is­ter of Jammu and Kash­mir

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Di­rec­tor Flori­cul­ture, Gar­dens & Parks, Mo­ham­mad Hus­sain Mir, Satur­day chaired a meet­ing to re­view the prepa­ra­tions for opening of Tulip Gar­den in Sri­na­gar. The meet­ing was at­tended by Joint Di­rec­tor Hand­i­crafts, Deputy Di­rec­tor Tourism, Prin­ci­pal of In­sti­tute of HO­TEL Man­age­ment, Gen­eral Man­ager JKTDC, Deputy Man­ager JKWDC and other se­nior of­fi­cers of con­cerned De­part­ments at­tended the meet­ing. It was given out that a 15-day ‘Tulip Festival’ will be held in Tulip Gar­den in the lap of Zabar­wan Hills from April 1 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Tourism De­part­ment. It was said that more than one mil­lion tulips of 46 va­ri­eties have been sown in the largest Tulip Gar­den of the Asia. On the oc­ca­sion, the Di­rec­tor said that the festival is meant to boost the tourism in Kash­mir Val­ley dur­ing which var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties will be held to

at­tract tourists to the famed gar­den. He fur­ther said that the stalls from var­i­ous al­lied De­part­ments will be in­stalled in the gar­den for the con­ve­nience of tourists and to show­case the rich cul­tural her­itage of the State. The Academy of Art, Cul­ture and Lan­guages will also or­ga­nize cul­tural pro­grams and other ac­tiv­i­ties at the gar­den which will be open to tourist from 9 am till evening each day. The Jammu and Kash­mir Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (JKTDC) will also set up food stalls in the gar­den for the con­ve­nience of vis­i­tors.

Sri­na­gar to hold 15-day mega tulip festival from April 1

As part of its ef­forts to re­vive tourism in the Kash­mir Val­ley, the Jammu and Kash­mir govern­ment will or­gan­ise a first-of-its-kind 15-day festival next month to show­case Asia’s largest tulip gar­den. The Indira Gandhi Me­mo­rial Tulip Gar­den, over­look­ing the Dal Lake, has more than 20 lakh tulips of 46 va­ri­eties and its opening marks the be­gin­ning of tourism sea­son in the Val­ley. “The mega tulip festival will be part of Ba­haar-e-Kash­mir (spring in Kash­mir) event to show­case Asia’s largest tulip gar­den in the sum­mer cap­i­tal of Sri­na­gar. The festival will start on April 1 and will con­tinue for 15 days,” said Fa­rooq Ah­mad Shah, sec­re­tary (tourism and flori­cul­ture), Govern­ment of Jammu and Kash­mir. At the festival site, dec­o­rated kiosks and stalls will show­case hand­i­crafts and cui­sine of the Val­ley with tra­di­tional, eth­nic touch. “On the side­lines of this mega festival, an ‘Aalmi Mushaira’ event will be held wherein world fa­mous poets will en­thral the au­di­ence with their lat­est Urdu com­po­si­tions. This too would be first-of-its-kind in the Val­ley,” added Shah. For­merly known as Si­raj Bagh, the Indira Gandhi Me­mo­rial Tulip Gar­den was opened in 2008 by the then Chief Min­is­ter Ghu­lam Nabi Azad. At a re­cent con­fer­ence in Mum­bai, Shah in­formed that the state govern­ment’s fo­cus this year is on re­viv­ing tourism, which was hit due the re­cent un­rest in the Val­ley. With fresh fo­cus on Leh, Ladakh and Kargil re­gion, the Jammu and Kash­mir govern­ment also will be spend­ing `2,400 crore on de­vel­op­ment of tourism infrastructure in this re­gion in the next four years. AirAsia, ear­lier last month, started twice-daily di­rect flights be­tween Delhi and Sri­na­gar, which is ex­pected to au­gur well over­all tourism in the state. The air­line had fur­ther in­di­cated plans to con­nect Sri­na­gar with other desti­na­tions in In­dia.

'BA­HAAR-EKASHMIR’: Sri­na­gar to host mega tulip festival from April 1

Sec­re­tary Tourism and Flori­cul­ture Fa­rooq Ah­mad Shah to­day said a mega Tulip festival will be cel­e­brated in Sri­na­gar from April 1. The festival, a part of ‘Ba­haar-eKashmir’ event, will show­case Asia’s largest Tulip gar­den in Sri­na­gar, he said. The Tulip gar­den flaunts more than 20 lakh tulips of 46 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties in the back­drop of mighty Zabar­wan range. The Sec­re­tary an­nounced the 15day festival will start from April 1. “The festival will wit­ness dec­o­rated food and hand­craft stalls, kiosks to show­case the rich craft and cui­sine of the val­ley with tra­di­tional eth­nic touch.” Shah also said that on the side­lines of this mega Tulip festival- Ba­har-eKashmir, one ‘Aalmi Mushaira’ will be or­gan­ised in which world fa­mous poets will par­tic­i­pate. He was ac­com­pa­nied by the Di­rec­tor Flori­cul­ture Kash­mir MH Mir, Di­rec­tor Tourism Kash­mir Mah­mood A Shah, Deputy Di­rec­tor Tourism Kash­mir Za­hoor Peerzada and other of­fi­cials. Later, the sec­re­tary had an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with the SKICC staff and dis­cussed about var­i­ous meth­ods and strate­gies to im­prove the qual­ity of ser­vices in the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, For­mer Chief Min­is­ter of Jammu and Kash­mir

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