News » 08.04.2021 - Six day long Tulip Festival enlivens Srinagar
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir, a magnet for tourists, is ready to enthrall its guests for the next few days with a burst of colors as Srinagar city is hosting a 6-day long Tulip festival from Saturday.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha along with Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan inaugurated the Tulip festival at Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in the foothills of the Zabarwan on Saturday.
The 6-day long festival is organized by the Department of Floriculture in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism departments. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said his administration was committed to cash in on this opportunity and take Kashmir’s tourism to new heights.
“Peace has returned to Kashmir after so many decades, it’s time we must cash in on this,” LG Sinha said after inaugurating the Tulip Festival at Tulip Garden.
Sinha was flanked by the Governor of Kerala, Arif Muhammad Khan, and top functionaries of the government. “Government is committed to taking Kashmir’s tourism to new heights amid COVID pandemic challenges,” Sinha said while admitting that “COVID cases are rising in Jammu and Kashmir and there is a need to follow SOPs in letter and spirit.”
“COVID cases are witnessing an upsurge across India and J&K as well. We are up to this challenge; steps are being initiated to curb the spread of the virus. We have put in place hi-tech testing facilities at airports and railways stations, people who on arrival are tested positive for COVID are put in quarantine,” he said.
“We have increased the budgetary allocation for the tourism sector, and the government is also working on developing other tourism destinations,” he said.
Sinha urged tourists and people of Kashmir to follow Covid SOPs while visiting the gardens and other places.
On being asked about the PM’s tweet urging tourists to visit Tulip Garden, LG said, “Prime Minister recently stated that people of India and the rest of the world must visit Kashmir and its Tulip Garden. So PM himself is the brand ambassador of tourism promotion of Kashmir. We are hoping for a bumper tourism season in Kashmir this year.”