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Three districts in Jammu region to plant 55000 tulips to attract tourists     

Jammu: with an objective to attract and increase tourist footfall in next season, the administration has decided to plant 55000 tulips in prominent destinations of the three district of Jammu region.

“55 000 tulips bulbs will be planted in Kud in Udhampur, Sanasar in Ramban and in Poonch districts.  The floriculture department has started making preparations to plant the bulbs so that Tulips are ready be the next season,” an official said .

Maximum Tulips will be planted at the hill tourist spot of Sansar and the visitors and nature lovers will get a chance to see tulips at three locations in Jammu region. The climate all these high altitude areas is conducive for Tulip plantation.

For the first time In March last year, tourists were able to witness about 9000 colourful tulips at Highland Park in Kud area of Udhampur district. The tourists flocking to Patnitop and travelers to the Doda region and Kashmir valley witnessed the beauty of these Tulips at Kud. The visitors will be witnessing more flowers of Tulip varieties in the next season. The park has been established by the floriculture department with an aim to promote tourism and divert tourists towards Kud.

Besides making plans for planting Tulips at Kud in Udhampur, Sanasar in Ramban, the horticulture department has also made plans for planting 5000 Tulips in Krishen Chander Park in Poonch.

As per information department has planned to sow 30000 plants on land adjacent to Lake at Sanasar, 10000 plants at Highland Park in Kud and 15000 plants at Krishen Chander Park in Poonch district.

The floriculture department will be initiating the works in these parks soon and department is also aiming to raise the flowers with every passing year.

Due to Corona pandemic, last year the floriculture department could not plant the tulip bulbs in the Sanasar area, which deprived the tourists the mesmerizing aroma of flowers. At Sanasar the tulip bulbs are being grown at about 3.5 kanals of land, while the at Kud there is 1.5 kanals land available for the plantation of Tulips. The department is also making efforts to broaden the area of Tulip plantation in these areas and is intending to plant 40000 blubs on the both the locations.

As per a senior horticulture department official the tourist will get a chance witness thousand of Tulips this year at Sanasar and Kud. The tourists and nature lover will have a terrific experience to see Tulips in five different colours. The department has already floated tender for sourcing the blubs.

Tulip, which has its origin in Persia (Iran), was introduced in Europe in 17th century, where it had been developed in different varieties. Holland is the largest producer of tulips.

 

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