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A Mesmerizing trip to Keukenhof Tulip Garden

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Niks is a travel bird, who has the ambition to explore the globe. He shares some of the offbeat travel destinations in India.

Tulips

Today, as I walked through my memory lane, I found tulips by the side of the road. Yes, they signaled me to come and visit them again and again. One of the quick mood changers of a human is food, a good nap and the view of the "flowers".
Tulips are available in various colors. every color has its own significance.
Though having its roots in Turkey and Persia,
When you say tulips the first name comes to you is "Netherlands".
These flowers require a wintry climate for rooting.
Apart from red, yellow, or pink, tulips come in a wide range of colors that can be black, maroon, cream, orange as well as multicolored. There is a unique significance of each color.
There are about 3000 official varieties of tulips.

Blossomed Tulips

Blossomed Tulips

Tulips and Bollywood


Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world which is in the Netherlands.
'Indians have a special memory with this garden.
Some part of the all-time evergreen Bollywood song " Dekha ek khwab toh ye silsile hue" picturized on superstar Amitab Bacchan and renowned actress Rekha from the film "Silsila"
is being shot at this location in the Netherlands. When I first watched the video of this song, I was like "where on Earth this place could be? I would love to visit it someday". By then I asked my parents about this place and they told me the locations used for this song. Some part of the song is shot at Pahalgam, Kashmir. Kashmir is one of the great places for tulips, which I visited in 2008. I wanted to see the world-famous garden in the Netherlands someday.

A Three Storeyed cycle stand by the side of a canal in Amsterdam.

A Three Storeyed cycle stand by the side of a canal in Amsterdam.

My Journey

After so many years, my dream was coming true. I was ready with my traveling visa to take off towards one of my dream destinations, "Keukenhof Tulip Garden!" As our coach bus entered the Netherlands, I could see the scenic view of fields. The Netherlands is famous for the Windmills. The sight of the landscapes with windmills is the Dutch treasure. Dutch people are fitness freak. There were a lot of fitness gyms. There is a separate track allotted for bicycle riders. you can see tall people riding bicycles throughout the Netherlands. While I was canal cruising, I saw a three-storeyed cycle stand full of cycles. Another attraction here is the beautiful canals. The Netherlands is enriched with bicycles, tulips, windmills, and canals. When we arrived at the world's largest spring garden, we were very excited. Keukenhof is the most famous flower park in the world which is in the Netherlands.
I was stunned by the eye-catching view of Tulips, daffodils and other flowers. I liked the mind-blowing theme of the gardens. The theme changes every year! That was an awe-inspiring moment for me. We walked through various pavilions of this park. We had fun walking through a maze. One of the most adventurous parts of our walk in the park was walking on the wooden surfaces to cross the pond. People were grabbing selfies and clicking pictures of the sparkling fountain, swimming ducks and swans. I wish I had a DSLR camera with me. I was so much involved in gazing at the lovely colors of nature that I literally failed to take any pictures on my phone for the 80% of my journey. I just wanted to treasure the alluring tulips forever in my eyes, mind, and heart. Yes, and I did. Now, after 4 months I can remember these memories and imagine that I m still standing there with child-like excitement and enthusiasm. Another amazing thing was a traditional windmill. That was my first experience to see how a dutch windmill looks from inside. As we climbed up we got an exceptional view of Keukenhof gardens, which I can't describe in words.

Entrance of the largest spring garden in the world

Entrance of the largest spring garden in the world

Keukenhof Tulip Garden

International Travelers who fly to Europe, always have this destination planned in their tour. This park occupies 32 hectares of landscapes and gardens.
The opening time of this garden is at 8 AM. If you manage to come at this time you will be able to enjoy the views with a very less crowd. The park gets comparatively crowded in the afternoon. During the weekends, it's quite busy. It closes at 7.30 PM. The Ticket office opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM.

It can take up to 5 hours for you to walk around the whole park. But more or less, it may vary as per your curiosity and the time you will like to spend grabbing the photos or admiring the beauty of this park. This garden has a spot near a windmill, where you can picnic. You can rent a cycle to ride around the large landscapes of tulip fields near Keukenhof.


Tickets

These costs are valid until they are changed. These are the prices excluding the journey from Amsterdam to Keukenhof, visiting the tulip farm,
the parking ticket, and the rental bike cost.

Adults

 

€ 18

kids

0 to 3 years

free

children

4 to 11 years

€ 8

This amazing place is situated in the town of Lisse. It's about 35 to 40 km from Amsterdam. Its a journey of half an hour to 45 minutes depending upon the mode of transport you use. If you are a foreign tourist, The most convenient means of transport is a coach bus. Another option is a Taxi.

Directions

There is great variety of flowers in the keukenhof tulip garden.

There is great variety of flowers in the keukenhof tulip garden.

Best Time to go

Stephen Richardo says, "minds are like flowers, they open only when the time is right." When it comes to tulips in the Netherlands, their season starts from March and tourists can spot them until May. To be more specific, you must visit anywhere from mid-march to mid-may, to enjoy the view of fresh and fully blossoming tulips. So this is the most awaited season among the tourists across the globe to fly to the Netherlands. They book their tickets months before this season begins, to witness the heavenly sight of Tulips.

myself standing near the red tulips for a photograph.

myself standing near the red tulips for a photograph.

Conclusion

If you are planning a trip to North-Western Europe or attending a business meeting in London or Paris, I recommend to include a visit to the Keukenhof tulip garden in your tour planner. Mark my words, It's worth watching.

A memorable visit to Keukenhof Tulip Garden

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Niks

Comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2020:

Oh, how beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos and impressions of the Keukenhof tulip garden with us. Not to compare with that garden, but we used to grow tulips when we lived in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it does not get cold enough in the winter for them to grow in Houston. We do enjoy getting cut tulip flower bouquets, however when they are in bloom.

Niks (author) from India on February 04, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Suchi. Yes, do visit this flower park. It is a life-time memory. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Keep commenting and writing. Happy Hubbing!

Suchismita Pradhan from India on February 03, 2020:

Beautiful eye catching images of flowers.Lovely article.Keukenhof is in my buckelist.Thanks for the virtual tour to the garden.I love tullips.

Niks (author) from India on October 19, 2019:

Thank you, Thelma. I m glad to know that my article is making the readers remind of their trip to this garden. Happy to get the comments from the travel lovers like you. I will keep writing about my travel memories. keep coming back and enjoy reading.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 18, 2019:

Keukenhof is indeed a beautiful garden full of tulips. I have been there and it was an awesome experience. Thanks for reminding me this beautifful garden.

Niks (author) from India on October 18, 2019:

Thank you, Girish. keep coming back. keep reading and keep sending your honest feedback. I m coming up with more travel articles. So sit back, relax and enjoy reading!

Niks (author) from India on October 18, 2019:

great, Thank you for letting me know this train route too. keep reading. I will keep writing about my trips to various places. I appreciate your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 17, 2019:

I still remember visiting these gardens on my first visit to Amsterdam. We had to get a train to Leiden and then a bus, but it was well worth it for the experience.

Girish on October 17, 2019:

Great stuff brother. Keep it up!

Niks (author) from India on October 17, 2019:

Thanks a lot, Sir. your valuable comments are always a great inspiration. I will read your recent articles as soon as possible. I m glad and excited to write more.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on October 17, 2019:

Hi Niks, Yours is really wonderful article giving useful details for a traveller. It is an interesting piece of article creating thrust to visit Keukenhof. Keep writing.

Niks (author) from India on October 17, 2019:

Thank you, Sir, for the comment. Looking forward to write more articles on my travel trips. your motivation brings positive results.

Rajinder Soni from New Delhi on October 16, 2019:

This is such a beautiful hub with loads of valuable information and mesmerising photographs. The video is also awesome and is really engaging.

The map widget is really helpful. Overall an awesome masterpiece.

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