The Indian Botanical Gardens, located in Howrah, India, covers over 273 acres. It was founded in 1787 by Colonel Robert Kyd, an army officer of the British East India company. The original purpose of the garden was to grow plants of commercial value for trade.
Today, the garden contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs. There are glass houses, green houses, and conservatories that house a great collection of orchids, bamboo, and palm trees. Probably the best known feature of the gardens, is The Great Banyan, an enormous banyan tree that's thought to be about 250 years old. It's also considered to be the largest in the world. It has a circumferance of 1000 feet, and some 2800 prop roots that cover almost 3 acres. It looks like a miniature forest!
The garden is open from dawn to dusk. Admission is 5 Rupees per person.