THE GREAT BANYAN TREE (KOLKATA)
The Great Banyan Tree in Kolkata is said to be the world's largest tree. Found in the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah, near Kolkata, this is the oldest tree in India and the widest in the world. The entire garden is actually this one tree that spans 3.5 acres and is over 80 feet tall, making it one of the natural marvels of the world. The gigantic tree is said to be more than 250 years old with approximately 3,300 aerial roots expanding far and wide. This tree withstood two great cyclones in 1864 and 1867 and continues to draw thousands of visitors to witness its majestic stature. Today, it survives without its main trunk, which decayed over a period of time. A long road of 330 metres was constructed around the tree so that tourists could drive around its circumference. The Great Banyan Tree also finds mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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