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.

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

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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.

 

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The gardens contains the world famous Great Banyan.

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The Banyan looks more like a forest than a tree.

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

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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.

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

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

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