Kashmir witnesses record tourist footfall this season, highest in 10 years! 

The ‘Heaven on Earth’ has already received over 3.5 lakh tourists in last three months, with Tulip Garden being a major attraction.

Flanked by layers of alpine peaks and lakes, lush orchards, terraced paddy fields, and abundant natural beauty in general, the breathtaking Kashmir valley is bound to attract visitors from near and afar. It does not come as a surprise then that Kashmir has seen a record-breaking footfall of tourists in this season!

Record-breaking footfall in kashmir
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The valley has witnessed over 3.5 lakh tourist arrivals in last three months, making it the highest in a decade’s time. In March itself, the number had reached 1.8 lakh, while the first week of April saw nearly 58 thousand arrivals.

Reopened for public just last week marking the beginning of a new tourist season in the Union Territory, the Tulip Garden at Sanasar has been a major attraction. With millions of multi-coloured blooms offering a riot of colours in the foothills of the mammoth Zabarwan mountains, it is Asia’s largest tulip estate. This year, the government expanded the tulip garden and included additional five acres land.

Tulip garden at sanasar.
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“With an aim to promote tourism in the district, the floriculture department in collaboration with Ramban district administration reopened the tulip garden at Sanasar (to public), marking the beginning of a new tourist season,” said Jatinder Singh, Director of Floriculture.

Additionally, the UT’s department of tourism has added an array of fresh new experiences for guests, including an open-air floating theatre at Dal Lake, hot air balloon ride at  Zabarwan Park, and more. The increase in tourist footfall has even led the government to increase the number of flights connecting Srinagar airport to rest of the country. Around 92 flights operate daily from the Srinagar.