Sanchi Torani Ravrani

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.

Heliodorus Nail

Near an ancient monument to a Greek ambassador in 140 BC, this is one of several old tamarind trees, filled with iron rings and nails which are used by local villagers to help exorcise evil demons.

Orchha Palace Banyan

A spreading banyan at the gates of the Orchha Palaces is dwarved by their architectual immensity

Datia Museum Peepal

From the library at Datia, one can look across to the exquisitely lovely Datia Palace across the hillside. Few tourists visit this architectural marvel, but it’s assuredly worth the time.

Khajuraho Khajur

The name Khajuraho derives from the Khajur, or date palm, and this representative specimen can be found near old Khajuraho town.

Apsara Chilla

A lovely Holoptelea tree greets visitors to the World Heritage Western temple complex at Khajuraho.

Astrologer’s Transit Tree

In the holy city of Ujjain, the centerpoint of the Hindu study of the stars, a neem tree is prominent at the Jantar Mantar solar observatory, one of five astronomical installations throughout India established by Man Singh.

Mahakal Vriksh Triveni

At the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, the centre of the world and the site of a Jyotirlinga, a Vriksh Triveni is prominent in one corner- a fusion of a neem, banyan and peepal tre.


One of India’s most sacred trees, this isolated fragment stem of a once-larger banyan (Vat) marks the straight (Siddha) path.

Chauragarh Trisul

On the summit of the dramatic sandstone peak of Chauragarh, this spindly semal tree is surrounded by countless metal tridents brought up by devotees of Shiva