Botanical Garden, Kolkata

Botanical Garden

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Botanical Garden
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16 Ratings & 7 Reviews

About Botanical Garden

    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Indian Botanical Gardens of Kolkata is the haven for nature lovers, where they are innumerable species of flora, amidst the natural habitat for the growth and development. Located in the suburban area of Shibpur, in the Howrah District, the Indian Botanical Gardens was established originally in 1786.

Botanical Gardens was conceptualized by Colonel Kyd, which houses nearly 12,000 plants and dried out plant specimen of about 2.5 million. These specimens have been collected from various parts of the world. This is the oldest Indian botanical garden and has a wing that works on the development of tea that grows in Darjeeling and Assam.

Tourists can also see a wide collection of trees and rare plant species from Brazil, Nepal, Java, Penang and Sumatra. A house of rare Orchids inside this garden covered by Cuban Palm avenues and very tall Mahogany trees can also be found. There are Tamarind and Mango trees providing shade to the grass lawns stretched throughout the garden.

The purpose of this garden was to foster the production of various species of native plants. The main attraction of this garden is a renowned Banyan Tree, which is assumed to be the oldest Banyan tree in the world. It covers an area of 404 sq. m, and has a huge circumference of 330m. In the year 1945, the main trunk of this tree was removed as it got infected, but all its supporting branches that are about 1573, lend support to the tree.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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7 traveller reviews for Botanical Garden

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Jawaz Illathukandy

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  • Jawaz Illathukandy
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  560 readers

"Nice place but poorly maintained"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place has a lot to offer with its long walkways and vast tree shades. But the maintenance is not upto the mark. There is charge for camera including mobile cameras. So even if you are taking an old VGA camera phone, you have to pay for it. It has the famous banyan tree.
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Pravin Ghule

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  • Pravin Ghule
  • Lives in Latur
  • 16 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  159 helpful votes
  •  21718 readers

"The Great Banyan Tree"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2014
Visit only to watch Banyan tree, enter from gate no 2 otherwise remaining part is ill maintained. Spread over large area but no proper maintenance also extra charge of rs 20 for mobile.
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  • 18 votes


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  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2005 helpful votes
  •  451202 readers

"Awesome banyan tree"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2014
I am generally not found of botanical garden but what attracted me to this botanical garden is world famous banyan tree. Trust me guys it is astounding it is more than 300+ meters in perimeter. This botanical garden is beautiful I loved the water lilies and the collection of orchids. Trust me you will love it as its away from city hush push calms and beautiful. The total square area of the park must me more than 100 hectares. Not to forget we enjoyed the boating too. This place is easily accessible from town it is at Howrah.
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Abhijit Gupta

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  • Abhijit Gupta
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews
  •  841 helpful votes
  •  212590 readers

"Hundred years old banyan tree without main root"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
The title of my review really justifies the review. Botanical Garden is popular for the banyan tree which is hundreds of years old and the main root can not be identified any more. It is a huge garden with so many species of plants and trees.
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Prashant shekhar

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  • Prashant shekhar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  9012 readers

"Fantastic collection of rare plant species"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2014
This botanical gardens is known mainly for the giant banyan tree. But there are a lot many more attractions there. The area of the garden is very vast and it exhibits a wide variety of rare plants spread over 109 hectares.
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Biswadeb Mukhopadhyay

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  • Biswadeb Mukhopadhyay
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  7369 readers

"House to rare species of plants and trees"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2013
This garden is located in the city of Howra, which is the neighbour of Kolkata. This garden houses many rare species of plants and trees some of which are very old-ex 150-200 yrs old.Botanical gardens cover quite a big area.
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Nittin Mittal

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 139 Reviews
  •  723 helpful votes
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"Away from the crowd of the city."

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2013
It's nothing but a simple park full of trees away from the crowd, pollution and noise of the city. As soon as you enter the park you can feel the temperature different!! You can only see the trees. The park is so big that you will get lost in a while. The park has a small lake inside where boating facility is also available. The lake is full of lotus plant and flowers which make the lake look even more beautiful. The park has a very old banyan tree and it is said that you can't find the main root of the banyan tree, that's the most interesting part of the park!!
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