Rawalsar Dalai and Panchen Lama Trees

At a monastery next to the sacred Rewalsar Lake, two American Magnolia trees planted by the Dalai Lama serve as representatives of his and the Panchen Lama’s role in Tibetan Buddhism

Alchi Giant

The biggest tree at Alchi Monastery, where one can see well preserved and masterful ancient Buddhist paintings

Ajapala Nigrodha Tree

It is no longer present, but a pillar ay the Sri MahaBodhi Temple in Gaya marks the location of the tree under which Buddha spent the fifth week following enlightenment teaching about the equality of humanity

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.

Rajgir Giant Banyan

In the holy Buddhist and Jain town of Rajgir, a massive fig tree guards the entrance to the rocky hills

Tabo Ancient Corner Poplar

In the soaring high desert landscape of Spiti Valley, this sacred and ancient Poplar tree is linked to the earliest days of the Tabo Monastery, famed for its Buddhist murals

Jakpo The Snake King’s Tree at Likir

In Ladakh’s oldest, 930-year-old monastery on the snake-like hill of Kli-Khil this ancient evergreen cypress is named after the Naga King Jakpo, who once slept here in the mythological past

Rajayatna Tree Surrogate at Bodh Gaya

Another ancient and immense Bodhi Tree next to the place where Gautama gained enlightenment, this tree can serve as a surrogate of the Rajayatna tree, under which the Buddha meditated following his epiphany