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Want to see tulips? Here are two possible options:
1. Keukenhof Flower Gardens near Amsterdam in Holland: Over 7 million bulbs planted, best viewed for two spring months starting end-May.
2. Tulip Garden in Srinagar: Smaller by comparison, best viewed for 2 weeks starting end-March. With a breathtaking view of Himalayan peaks around and the Dal Lake below. Surrounded by gardens developed by the Mughal emperors many centuries ago.
Take your pick. I chose the latter, and would want to go back every season. The Government also organizes a 3-day cultural festival, but the plan was shelved when I was there. No regrets – decibels may not be a good idea for flowers. I spent one full morning at the garden – could have been there for hours.
Funny – if only it were not such a serious issue
I reached the tulip garden before opening hours – but was allowed in when the gardener opened the gates for a police team. They were there to scan the place for explosives – the Chief Minister was due for a visit in a few hours. They checked all the flower beds, gardener rooms, offices, kiosks, trees and subsequent visitors – except me. My rucksack and big lenses could have contained anything! Explains some past tragedies?
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