There are many sacred trees in India. However there are some trees of India which are mentioned in the ancient scriptures. Many of these trees have been used for thousands of years and are still used today in Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of India.
If you consider to stay on the top of any of these trees, you could visit Jahnavi Kunja Ashram and stay at tree house. Or you prefer to stay longer or live in Ashram?
Here are some famous trees in India which you will be acquainted within your travels in India.
The most famous Bodhi tree can be found in Bodgaya in state of Bihar in Northern India. This is three under which the Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. Bodhi trees are tall trees with a large crown. It belongs to the family of fig trees. It is also known as peepal tree. The Peepal is used in Ayurveda as blood purifier and for digestion.
After the Buddha became enlightened he decided to share his spiritual experience and began teaching the dharma. His first sermon was given in Sarnath. Later sapling from this original Bodhi tree was taken to Sri Lanka where if was planted in Kandy. From here a sampling was taken and planted to Sarnath near the place where Buddha gave his first sermon.
Vamsi vata tree is mentioned in the Krishna lilas in the Bhagavata purana. This ancient tree is prevalent in Vrindavan near Mathura in state of Uttar Pradesh.
In His youth Krishna would climb upon this tree and play his flute. It was also the tree under which later Krishna performed the famous rasa dance in the company of the gopies.
Siddha bakula tree is certain tree in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. Under this three Haridas Thakur the famous Indian saint sat and chanted the holy names 20 hours daily.
Bakul tree belongs to the mimosa family of trees. The original tree which dates 500 years ago can still be found at this place today and is revered by pilgrims and tourists who visit Puri.
Nimai tree can be found in Mayapur in State of West Bengal in India. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as a child was named Nimai because He was born under a Neem tree 500 years ago.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is held to be an avatar of this age. His followers are known as Gaudiya Vaishnavas. We all know of the medicinal value of the Neem tree which is used in Ayurveda. Find out more in this another article if you plan to stay in Mayapur.
Arjuna tree received its name from one of the heroes of Mahabharata whose name was Arjuna. It is a strong steely tree much like the warrior Arjuna was. Because of this it considered a sacred tree.
It is a tree native to Northern India. It is widely used in Ayurveda for treatment of circulatory illness and hearth problems.
Banyan tree is the national tree of India. I is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita. It also belongs to the family of fig trees. It lives to be hundreds of years old.
Banyan tree is considered the biggest oxygen producer in the world. The biggest banyan tree can be found in Chennai in State of Tamil Nadu, India in the well maintained botanical garden managed by Theosophical Society.
These were some of the most famous sacred trees of India. Of course there are many others which are also very important in the medicine and Indians consider all trees sacred because all life is sacred.
The importance of supporting the ecotourism in West Bengal further can be a vital income for the local population. West Bengal has many beautiful areas to offer to lovers of ecotourism.
There are areas of untouched nature so you better be prepared for miracles on your West Bengal tour. We will give you some ideas.
Before we venture into the topic of Ecotourism in West Bengal let us clarify the meaning of term. Ecotourism means enjoying and preserving the beauty of nature: the scenic views, the mountains and the rivers. It means that we leave the places that we visit clean, the rivers uncontaminated and are careful not to cause any forest fires.
Ecotourism is a lifestyle which begins at your home. Environmentally conscious tourists experience much higher spiritual uplift and happiness when they are surrounded by the nature. They consider nature a living entity.
The Himalaya region of West Bengal has the world’s third highest mountain peak called Kangchenjunga which can be seen from Darjeeling. Darjeeling is the starting point for tourists and Maintain climbers. Eco tourists will not go just to climb the mountain but also to be spiritually uplifted b the majesty of the Himalayas.
While you ar in Darjeeling don’t miss Kalimpong a mere two hour drive on scenic roud along the Teesta river. There are Buddhist sites called gompas in the area which you can visit. And see so beautiful mandalas, sculptures and tangkas made by the monks.
Kalimpong is famous because the Swiss order of monks established a cheese factory. Although the monks have left the tradition of making excellent Swiss cheese continued. Beside that there is a nine point tour which is worth of visit.
Many people think that the Ganges River is very polluted and unsafe to bath in. This is not through of the smaller rivers which feed the main Ganges River. In reality the locals consider the majority of these rivers also as Ganges. If you try bath is those rivers you will be surprised how clean they are.
One of the most spectacular places to visit is in Mayapur on the banks of the Bhagirati and Jalangi rivers which are also considered Ganges. There is a beautiful Ashram situated here.
Vrinda’s Ashrams in Mayapur has treehouses, lots of palm trees and 14 different varieties of fruittrees. It is worth to stay in Mayapur
Just imagine yourself in Tree house in India! You can have a room either in our Riverside Guest House Jalangi Kunja Ashram on the bank of Jalangi River or Jahnavi Kunja next to Bhagirati. If you are considering to stay in ashram you might like to read our article about living in ashram.
They serve extremely delicious vegetarian food. Bad and Breakfast facility and rooms for longer visit available. Volunteers from India and other countries are most welcoem as well. Come and enjoy ecotourism in West Bengal!