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    Every year, the mountainous Kashmir valley in India hosts its flower festival to attract tourists to Srinagar city. This year, before the beginning of the festival on 25 March, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to join the fan-wagon, highlighting the beauty of this annual celebration of flowers.

    The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden in Srinagar city in India's Jammu and Kashmir state is the largest tulip garden in Asia. Thousands of tulips of every sort of shade and colour, planted in beguiling patterns leave visitors overawed each year. And this year will be no different when the garden opens to the public on Thursday.

    Sharing scenes from the garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited people to visit the tulip garden and experience the “warm hospitality” of Kashmir.  

    ​For the past few days, wonderful pictures of this garden have surfaced on social media. The yellow, pink and red tulips - among others - are in full bloom in Kashmir where summer arrives a bit later than in other parts of India.

    ​Spread over an area of about 30 hectares (74 acres), this tulip garden is designed to attract tourists to the valley. 

    This year about 1.5 million bulbs of different varieties have been planted in the garden. Apart from tulips, other flowers such as hyacinths and daffodils are also grown here.

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