At the Swinging Palace, at the wonderfully opulent Ship’s Palace at Mandu, this old khirni tree offers some shade to archeological explorers.
Several centuries older than New Delhi, this khirni tree is mentioned on p139 of P. Krishen’s ‘Trees of Delhi’he writes it is “not to be sneezed at”, and thus the name.
At the famous Sanchi stupa, I wondered at the complicated, familiar looking Ravirani tree with such a strange name. After a while I realized I was misreading the Devnagri writing for Khirni.
Possibly Delhi’s oldest trees, the twisted and ancient khirni’s south of Qtub Minar abide amongst the picnic tables and gardens of Mehrauli Archeological Park; this largest one is rotten through but still growing well.
At the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin Mahmood ‘Chiragh Delhi’, this old khirni tree amidst the white marble and green tapestries of the mosque is said to be planted ‘by his own hands’ before his death in 1356 AD (755 after Hijra).