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THE VALE OF' HOLLAND'.

SRINAGAR'S tulip garden, on the banks of the Dal Lake, is in full bloom, drawing tourists to the Valley in droves. Since April 1, over 75,000 tourists have visited the garden to see the nearly 102 varieties of tulips. The garden, which has over 1.5 million tulips, is spread over 15 hectares on the foothills of Zabarwan mountains. It is the largest tulip garden in Asia. " This year, we have added 3.24 lakh more bulbs and 24 new varieties to make the garden more attractive," said district floriculture officer Javed Ahmad Shah,. The bulbs have been imported from Holland, he added.

The garden, situated in the vicinity of Shalimar Garden, Chashm- e- Shahi Gardens, Nishat Garden and Royal Springs Golf Course, has become one of the important tourist destinations in the Valley. " I planned my trip to Kashmir just to see this garden," said Somnath Das from Dumdum in Kolkata. Das has brought his wife and two children to Srinagar for the first time.

Earlier, tourists visited Srinagar to see the Mughal Gardens and Dal Lake. But now they prefer to visit the tulip garden and spend time watching the tulips in full bloom.

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