ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

Kolkata Botanical Garden

The Great Banyan Tree

The main attraction in the 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:

The Great Banyan Tree from afar

GBT from afar

The Great Banyan Tree up close 1

GBT up close 1

The Great Banyan Tree up close 2

GBT up close 2

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:

Indian couple in Kolkata Botanical Garden

“Your parents will never find us here.”

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:

Paddle boats in Kolkata Botanical Gardens

“This is so much better than your parents’ place.”

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:

A strange tree in Kolkata Botanical Gardens

You don’t get to see trees like this back home

Sponges on a dead tree in Kolkata Botanical Gardens

My Geiger counter is about to blow

Sponges on a dead tree in Kolkata Botanical Gardens

Those leafs seem a little too big

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:

View across Hooghly river from Kolkata Botanical Garden 1

The Wonders of Industrialization

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”:

View across Hooghly river from Kolkata Botanical Garden 1

Contemplation, much?

You can thank me in the comments section.

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2 thoughts on “Kolkata Botanical Garden

  1. Did you manage to find out where the main trunk of the great Banyan tree was? I tried but I didn’t find it, the canopy area was too wide! 🙂 Nice place though! 🙂

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