Timings : Open 24 hours
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
The Great Banyan tree, about 250 years old is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden in Howrah. It is quite popular because of the gigantic size it has grown into in the past years, expanding to about 4.67 acres of land. The tree continues to grow beyond the 330-metre long road that was built around it circumference. It has been mentioned in many travel books since the 19th century.
More than an individual tree, it appears more like a dense forest. The highest branch rises to 24.5 metres, and the crown of the tree has a circumference of 486 metres. There are 3772 aerial roots that connect to the ground and the height of the majestic tree is almost equivalent to that of the Gateway of India. Botanically called Ficus benghalensis, it bears a fruit similar to a small fig which are eaten by many people.
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