Srinagar, March 1 -- Come Spring, five new exotic varieties will bejewel Asia's largest Tulip garden.

Floriculture Officer Javed Masood told The Kashmir Monitor that five new tulip varieties have been added this year. "There were 68 varieties available earlier, but now we've added five more. This year 73 varieties of tulips will bedeck the garden," he said.

Located at the foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of Dal Lake, the 600-kanal Tulip Garden is the biggest draw for tourists visiting Kashmir in spring.

The garden is built on a sloping ground in a terraced fashion consisting of seven terraces. Numerous additional flower species, such as hyacinths, daffodils, and ranunculus, have been added in addition to tulips.

Each year ...