Kolkata Botanical Garden
Continuing the exploration of Kolkata’s attractions I visited the Kolkata Botanical Garden (or Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden as the locals like to call it). To fully appreciate all the plants in there you would probably need to be a botanist, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see for us laymen.
I’m lucky to have chance to stay in the city with the largest and oldest reserve of greeneries of its kind in South East Asia. The garden is not only a home for a lot rare plants, but also the Great Banyan Tree which is the main attraction:
And like the Victoria Memorial, this seems to be a pretty popular place for young Indian couples to spend some time together away from their parents:
Which is probably, because the trees in the garden provide a lot of shade to stay under when it’s hot, and a nice paddle boat ride:
But even though the ficus tree (for me it’s more like a bush) was not what I expected, I still enjoyed the garden after I realized that some of the nature looks a lot like the nature in the post-apocalyptic video game Fallout 3. And if like me, you ever wanted to visit Prypiat, but didn’t have the chance (or courage), then you’ll be happy to know that there is a place where you can see the vegetation of a Nuclear Holocaust without exposing yourself to radiation:
Makes you think, doesn’t it? Deep-thinking comes very easy in this place, because of its peacefulness (or lack of the noise of Indian traffic), but there was one thing that can be seen across the Hooghly river from the garden, that actually gave the thoughts even more direction:
By now you should be in a deep-thinking, philosophical mood, so just let me push this to the end and leave you with this last picture of the view and a track to help you contemplate on the never-ending battle of “Man vs Nature”:
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