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The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (previously known as Indian Botanic Garden) is situated in Shibpur, Howrah near Kolkata

It is situated 9 km away from the city, on the west bank of the river Hooghly, covering an area of about 273 acres. Laid out in the year 1787, the Indian Botanical Garden is one of the oldest and largest botanical gardens of India. It contains about 12,000 living perennial plants and millions of dried out plants gathered from all over the world. The 250-year-old Banyan tree with more than 2,800 prop roots is the main attraction for tourists.

The gardens were founded in 1787 by Colonel Robert Kyd, an army officer of the British East India Company, primarily for the purpose of identifying new plants of commercial value, such as teak, and growing spices for trade.

Open hours: daily - 8 AM to 5 PM.

MUST SEE IN BOTANICAL GARDENS

The best-known landmark of the garden is The Great Banyan, an enormous banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) that is reckoned to be the largest tree in the world, at more than 330 metres in circumference. They are also famous for their enormous collections of orchids, bamboos, palms, and plants of the screw pine genus (Pandanus).

The collection in this herbarium includes the rarest of rare species of plants and tress, from Nepal, Brazil, Penang, Java and Sumatra. 

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MUST DO IN BOTANICAL GARDENS

You can do boating at the garden.

Plastis are not allowed in the garden.

REACH BOTANICAL GARDENS
AIR

The nearest airport is in Kolkata.

RAIL

Nearest railhead is Howrah. Take Bus, Auto or Taxi to reach the garden.

ROAD

Buses and taxis are available from all the places Kolkata and Howrah district.

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