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Srinagar: “The two-day tulip festival ended with captivating cultural and musical performances by popular artists and singers from inside and outside Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement said on Sunday. official press release.

The festival which was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha yesterday was organized by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation and the Department of Floriculture.

The purpose of holding such a festival was that while the tourists enjoyed the beauty of the tulip garden, they are also exposed to our traditional culture, music, cuisine and crafts in one and the same place, according to the press release.

He said around 50 volunteers have been deployed to the site to ensure visitors wear masks, maintain social distancing and all COVID19 SOPs are followed.

The number of guests at the main hall was also limited in order to maintain good social distancing, he said.

The Tourism Department, JKTDC, Handicrafts and Floriculture Department as well as private companies had erected their stalls exhibiting unique Kashmiri arts and crafts, kitchens and other items.

On occasion, visitors praised the beauty of the tulip garden and appreciated the efforts of the Floriculture Department to thoroughly beautify the garden, the press release said.

Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Secretary Sarmad Hafeez said the Tulip Festival is a celebratory spring festival.

“People appreciate the beauty of this garden which has been breathtakingly beautified by the floriculture department,” he said.

Declaring that the coming of spring in itself is a festival to be celebrated, the Secretary of Tourism said not only tulips but flowers are in full bloom all over Kashmir.

Calling on travelers to visit Kashmir, the tourism secretary said spring is the perfect time for people from all over the country to come and enjoy the natural beauty here.

He said the Tourism Ministry has planned a series of festivities and the tulip festival is just the start for the coming seasons to attract tourists to Kashmir.

“Jammu and Kashmir is an all-season place and we are planning festivals every season for locals and tourists. We started with the almond blossom (Badamwari festival) and now the tulip festival and many other events are coming up in the summer. The Tulip Festival is an open invitation to all people from across the country and around the world to celebrate the beauty of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, Director of Tourism Dr GN Itoo said the Tulip Festival is a message to all residents outside of Jammu and Kashmir to come and enjoy the beauty of the valley.

He said the department has launched a vigorous campaign to advertise and promote tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We are trying to introduce the culture, cuisine and crafts of Kashmir to the people outside of Kashmir,” said Dr Itoo.

Notable singers and artists who have performed on the occasion include Vibha Saraf, Ustaad Gulzar Ganie, Farooq Ganie, Waheed Jeelani, Yawar Abdal, Mehmeet Syed, Irfan Bilal, Sonali Dogra, Waqar Khan.

On the opening day, the live performance of famous Bollywood singer Badshah and Aastha Gill captivated visiting tourists and garnered huge applause from the audience.

It also included Santoor, Rabab and Umar Majeed’s drum, Adnaan, Faisal, Rauf girls from the Yemberzal group kept the audience glued to the festival.

Most of the songs revolved around the beauty of Kashmir.

Later, the secretary of tourism and the director of tourism distributed souvenirs to artists and guests.

The tulip garden showcases a multitude of colors with over 15 lakh of fully bloomed flowers of over 64 varieties planted over 30 acres in the foothills of Zabarwan.

No less than 32,000 visitors visited the tulip garden in the two days of the Festival.

The festival saw the presence of Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Baseer Ahmad Khan – advisers to the lieutenant governor and Junaid Azim Mattu, mayor of SMC. A member of the Waqf Central Council and Chairman of the Waqf Development Committee, Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, Dr Darakhshan Andrabi also attended the inaugural event.

Other people present on the occasion were Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, PDD and Information; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, IGP, Kashmir, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Commissioner / Secretary, Floriculture; Mohammad Aìjaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Rahul Pandey, Director, Department of Information and Public Relations; Athar Amir Khan, SMC Commissioner; MD JKTDC, Nisar Ahmad Wani concerned heads of the mission; senior civil and police administration officers, in addition to members of the travel and hospitality industry.