Kolkata, India

Botanical Gardens

The Great Banyan Tree. Wikimedia Commons.

With its long paved roads and open green spaces, the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden is a fantastic place for a run in Kolkata. This park is famous for its Great Banyan Tree, suspected to have one of the largest tree canopies in the world. There is a small cost to enter the park (10 rupees for Indian citizens, 100 for foreign guests), but running is acceptable. A loop around the perimeter, on pleasantly wide paths from the park’s east entrance, out past the historic Roxburgh House, the Great Banyan Tree, and King Lake is 4.4 km. There are also many additional interior paths where runners can add on more mileage.

Tree Fun Facts: The area occupied by the tree is about 18,918m² (4.67 acres). The present crown of the tree has a circumference of 486m and the highest branch rises to 24.5 m; it has at present 3772 aerial roots.

Essentials
  • 4.4 km (2.7 miles) perimeter loop; additonal interior paths for a longer run
  • 21 meters (69 feet)
  • Botanical Garden Road
  • Botanical Garden Bus Stop