Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 4, 2015

Calcutta Botanical Garden Photo Essay

Trees do grow along the Hooghly. I went by bicycle to Calcutta Botanical Garden and I saw this abandoned old building has a huge tree growing out of the second story. 20150203_094256
The Calcutta Botanical Garden was established in 1787.


The Calcutta Botanical Garden is officially Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden.


It is across the Hooghly River from Calcutta in Howrah. The giant water lilies give some of the best photos of the gardens but I am there during the end of winter when they are dried up to spring back to like later.



The gardens contains the world famous Great Banyan.


The Banyan looks more like a forest than a tree.


The Great Banyan tree is estimated to be about 1200 to 1250 years old.


The Great Banyan is Botanically known as Ficus benghalensis. This one has been listed in the Guinness book of world records  with the largest canopy.


You can see Kolkata from the park as you look across the River.


This botanical garden is credited with the pilot testing tea in India before establishing Tea plantations in Assam.





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