Last Sunday, we visited the village of Lisse, which is basically the Tulip town of the Netherlands where blooms millions of spring flowering bulbs. Lisse is situated in the South-Holland province of the Nederlands. Lisse is also home to the Keukenhof garden which is also known as the Garden of Europe and is is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Intriguing fact is that eventhough Netherlands is well know around the world for Tulips, the latter are not native to the Dutch. Historians believe the tulip most likely began ashore somewhere between Northern China and Southern Europe. The plants were soon cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) and afterwards brought into Holland in the sixteenth century.
Unfotunately this year as well, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the garden is closed, however you can have a virtual tour. Tulip season runs from the end of March until mid May, but the flowers are usually at their best halfway through April.
Couple of weeks ago, along with our friends, we booked a 20 Km tour with Renzy whereby we could enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the popular Flower Bulb region with the self-guided tulip tour. Our tour began at 13h00 but we had to be there 30 min before for the formalities. The tour cost € 89 per electric car which accommodates 2 people. You have to nevertheless give a deposit of € 150 which they reimburse you back the same day. We were so excited and energized for this adventure the moment we saw the small electric vehicles. The small electric Twizy cars were fitted with a predefined GPS route and entertaining audio guide and you can explore one of the most beautiful and colourful regions of the Netherlands autonomously at your own pace.
#kajoltip: If every you go with Renzy tours, ensure you do wear warm clothes as the Twizy cars have no windows, so the wind is direct on you.
The experience of driving these little cars were truly astonishing but the only drawback is that it’s a hassle for the person sitting at the back as its not very comfortable (especially people with long legs) and if you are a big guy, you definitely do not fit. We drove across several fields and it is a photographer’s paradise however not all the fields had flowers as it was apparently a bit too early for them to blossoms. So as I mentioned in the beginning of my article, in the coming weeks, it’s the best and ideal time to visit these fields. For me, it was like a dream come true as being a Bollywood movies fan, since childhood, I could see all the Bollywood songs being choreographed in these tulips fields and today, am seeing these in front of me and I am myself roaming around in these fields.
We did a espresso stop at a Tulip farm called “De tulperij voorhout“. There we got the opportunity to see the Tulips and various other flowers more closely. Behind the Tulip farm, you could stroll into the Tulip fields and it is simply breath taking to see the striking colours of the flowering tulip bulbs.
Our friend Ashish who was geared up with his new toy, a DJI mini 2 drone, did some amazing drone shots and below are few. The ariel view of the Tulip plantation is just WOW.
It is also good to know that most tulip farms in Nederlands are located in the Noordoostpolder in the province of Flevoland. You can also check the tulpen route in Flevoland whereby for just €5 you get a route that is around 100KM where you can drive which is close to the Tulip fields. We have this in our plan for one of these upcoming weekends.
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