Nako Gompa Cypress

The village of Nako, high in the mountains between Kinnaur and Spiti, is beneath a small Buddhist monument where this tree grows

Dhauli Pistach

The tallest tree growing near the memorial at the battlefield where Emperor Ashoka renounced violence and adopted Buddhism

Dhauli Tulsi

This tulsi plant grows at the Hindu temple that is ironically placed at the location where the Emperor Ashoka, more than 2,000 years ago, rejected Hinduism and adopted Buddhism, ushering in a reign stiill remembered for its wisdom

Zilmon Keyling Prayer Post

A now-dead cedar at a welcoming Tibetan monastery in McLeod Ganj serves as a post for colorful prayer flags

Prayer Flag Hub Cedar

Prayer flags on display above the Tibetan refugee colony of McLeod Ganj center on one tall cedar tree on a hilltop

Panchen Lama Populus

At the Tibetan Buddhist Temple at McLeod Ganj, this poplar tree has a yellow prayer ribbon tied on it every Friday since April 1997, to pray for the release of the Panchen Lama, born in 1989 and lost track of in China in 1995

Alchi Demon Tree

A demon mask accentuates an old and broadly branching tree at the small trinket market at Alchi, Ladakh

Sanjay Van Giant Ficus

In the forest of south Delhi, near the Qtub Minar and Mehrauli, hide not only countless ancient ruins but also this large elder Indian Rubber Tree

Burma Mission Peepal

South of Delhi’s Qtub Minar, a Buddhist monastery has as its centre a large bodhi tree, planted by a Burmese politician.