Botanical garden of Kolkata, India

Botanical garden of Kolkata, India



This botanic garden is commonly known as Kolkata (or Calcutta) botanic garden (despite of not being located in Kolkata). Previously this magnificent botanic garden was known as Indian botanic garden, and also Royal botanic garden, Calcutta. The size of the garden is approximately 270 acres. This is located in Shibpur, Howrah (beside the famous river Hooghly). It was established in 1786 by Colonel Robert Kyd who was a British army officer. Recently, in 2009 this was renamed as Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden after the famous Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Under the great Banyan tree.



The Great Banyan tree:

Although the Kolkata botanic garden hosts numerous species of plants, but the main attraction is the huge Banyan tree (which is believed to be a 250 years of old). The circumference of the tree is approximately 330 meter. The main trunk of the plant diseased after a cyclone incident in 1925. But the plant living on other hundreds of trunks (which might be considered as a separate tree). More about that Banyan tree can be found in wikipedia.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Nice contrast of red fruit and green leafs.



Plants and Ponds:

There are numerous plants can be seen inside the botanic garden. Although most of them are not having any nameplates, which makes it hard to know about the plants. There are plenty of tall trees inside the garden which looks like a forest. You could walk through the provided paths and feel like walking through the forest. There are several ponds located inside the garden too. Was expecting to see more waterlilies and lotus flowers, but was dissatisfied after exploring. Mostly I saw the water hyacinth in the ponds. But it was lovely to see the water birds like Jacana or Waterhen hopping over those.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A Passion flower (Passiflora).



Nice place for birdwatchers:

Kolkata botanic garden is a nice place to watch for birds (if you are a bird lover). Having plenty of trees and also slightly isolated from the city crowd this place is a heaven for the birds. Although most of the birds are common garden birds. During my visit I've seen Kite, Jungle babbler, Black hooded oriole, Greater coucal, Yellow footed pigeon, Striated barbet, Waterhen, Bronzed winged jacana, etc. Apart from the birds and flowering plants this botanic garden has other species like squirrel, foxes, mongooses, and several different types of snakes.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Mouthwatering sour Tamarind hanging from the tree.



It is beside the famous river Hooghly:

The view from the River Hooghly would be a nice option. But for some interesting reason the authority put a barricade (or boundary) between the garden and the river. So it is really hard to see the beauty of the river. If you really want to see you have to look through the iron fence of the garden. There are also several sculptures and statues inside the garden. The famous Roxburgh monument is also inside there.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Probably one of the best places inside the Botanic garden where people take most of their photos.



Popular dating destination:

Kolkata botanic garden is a popular destination for the dating couples. You'd see plenty of them dating here and there inside the garden. The good thing is that they don't disturb anybody. While I was there it was raining heavily for more than an hour. So was sitting inside a shelter with other local people. It was a nice opportunity to talk to them listen from them.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A pond covered with small water hyacinths.



I've had a chance to visit the garden couple of times. One during September and another one during January. Didn't find that much difference other than different flowers were blooming. Another difference was the cold of wintery January and the rain of September.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A wild flower that bloomed in plenty of numbers.



How to Go:

Best option to go near the Kolkata botanical garden is using a taxi. Because it is not connected with a public transport which a tourist would use very easily. The nearest railway station nearby is the Shalimar station. But that is also not well connected with Kolkata main station. You can drive by your own if you have your own vehicle (or a hired one). GPS coordinate of the botanic garden is (22°33'29.1"N 88°17'31.6"E).


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A Lemon scented and also lemon-like flower.



Opening and closing time:

Kolkata botanical garden is closed during Monday. And all other weekdays it remains open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A White Bottle brush flower.



Entry fee:

The entry fee for the Indian national is only 10 INR (plus you have to pay additionally for the camera). For the foreign national the fee is 100 INR.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Lemonia flower.



Where to stay

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Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. That's why you'd find plenty of high or low quality hotels around. And most of the hotels are available to book through online. I've stayed in a cheap hotel (probably named Hotel oriental, and rent was 1000 rupees). You can find list of hotels from Kolkata from this link. Just an FYI, not all hotels from Kolkata can accept foreign guest as they need to maintain some sort of minimum standard and formalities.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A colourful trumpet flower named Thunbergia erecta.



Things to ponder:

- This botanic garden is a no plastic zone. So don't drop anything inside.
- You are not allowed to carry your own food inside.
- This garden is so huge that you won't be able to cover everything in a single day by walking. Think about coming back again if you love botanical garden.


Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Don't know the name of this flower yet.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Portia flower (Thespesia populnea).



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
White Powder Puff (Calliandra haematocephala Alba).



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Betel nut flower.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Duck's eye flower (Ardisia solanacea).



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A small flower which name I don't know yet.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Fox tail flower (Acalypha hispida).









Botanical garden of Kolkata, India



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A group of Jungle babbler.



This is known as Greater Coucal.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A Yellow footed pigeon.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Striated barbet.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A Five striped squirrel.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A lovely walking path through the Palm trees.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Another narrow road for walking.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
This kind of narrow roads give a forest-like vibe.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Roxburgh monument inside Kolkata botanic garden.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Kyd memorial urn to commemorate Colonel Robert Kyd.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
The famous river Hooghly flowing beside the Botanic garden.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A nice shaped tree. Visitors like to take a photo of this.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Not sure what are these growing underneath the tree.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A kind of palm fruit.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A dead tree inside the botanic garden.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Lot of couple use to come here for dating in a quiet place.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Flowers accumulated under the tree.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Not sure what kind of Palm fruit this is!



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Saw this fruit before in Dhaka. But don't know the name yet.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Arum plant with colourful fruits.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
A Mammoth Banyan tree inside the Botanical garden.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
The Banyan tree grew so big that numerous trunks are rooted in ground.



Botanical garden of Kolkata, India
Had a heavy rain for more than an hour. Was stuck inside a shed with other local people.



Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden,
Shibpur,
Howrah,
West Bengal,
Country: India,
GPS Coordinate (22°33'29.1"N 88°17'31.6"E).



This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog https://www.alonelytraveler.com/



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