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Take some time out from the city to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens in Kolkata. Walk among bamboos and palms, go for a boat ride and marvel at the Great Banyan Tree.
The gardens were founded in 1787 by the East India Company to cultivate plants that would be of commercial value, such as Assam tea. Today, the gardens are an important venue for horticultural research. More than 12,000 plants and shrubs from 1,400 species are spread out over 273 acres (110 hectares).
Stroll along the avenue of Cuban palms and sit under the shade of mango and tamarind trees. Explore the Medicinal Plant Garden and marvel at the huge lotus leaves in some of the ponds. Visit the Large Palm House to see double coconuts. These palm trees have the largest seeds in the plant kingdom.
The centerpiece of the gardens is the Great Banyan Tree, which has branches and roots that cover an area of more than 3 acres (1.5 hectares). This enormous natural landmark is more than 250 years old and looks more like a forest than a single tree. To appreciate its immense size, walk along the path built around its circumference and then pass under the giant canopy.
Relax on one of the many benches dotted around the gardens or get out on the water by renting a paddle boat at the Kings Lake.
The Botanical Gardens are situated on the west bank of the Hooghly River, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Kolkata. Reach the gardens by bus or train from the center of town. If you choose to drive, on-site metered parking is available.
The gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from early morning until early evening and there is a small admission charge. A supplementary fee applies if you want to use your camera, including cell phone cameras. Visitors are not permitted to bring food and drink into the gardens.
Situated in Howrah, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Botanical Gardens and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Chandpal Ghat. New Market and Alipore Zoo are also within 6 miles (10 km). Howrah Padmapukur Station is 12 minutes by foot.
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Victoria Memorial and New Market. Eden Gardens and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Maidan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rabindra Sadan Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Shibpur, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Botanical Gardens and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Howrah Bridge. Armenian Ghat and Calcutta General Post Office are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Botanical Gardens, Alipore Zoo and Victoria Memorial. National Library and Maidan are also within 6 miles (10 km). Howrah Padmapukur Station is 26 minutes by foot.
Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge and Alipore Zoo. Victoria Memorial and National Library are also within 6 miles (10 km). Howrah Padmapukur Station is 28 minutes by foot.
Located in Alipur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Library and Alipore Zoo. New Market and Victoria Memorial are also within 3 miles (5 km). Netaji Bhavan Station is 21 minutes by foot and Rabindra Sadan Station is 22 minutes.
Located in Dharmatala, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 miles (5 km). Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 11 minutes.
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 miles (5 km). Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 9 minutes.
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