A Bougainvillea love story in Almora

Its rare for a Bougainvillea bush to become a landmark. But it actually is. This is one happy, big Bougainvillea bush right in the middle of the market at Almora in Uttarakhand. Its said that more than 35 years ago, this bougainvillea wrapped itself around a deodar tree. Their love story continues. Actually people in Almora consider this as symbol of love. Now it has turned into a massive bougainvillea on Mall Road. So much so that, one has to actually look deep to search for the deodar tree, beneath it.

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It has turned itself into an attraction of sort for the tourists coming to Almora. It always fascinated me ever since I had my first visit to Almora, many years back. Its so big, so lush that perhaps it is one among very few things of the city that can be spotted and identified from hills overlooking Almora city.

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There is another beautiful fern leaf purple coloured tree- Jacaranda which adorns hills of Almora. It lays a carpet of purple wherever it sheds its blooms.

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But this at least 35 feet high bougainvillea is the most eye-catching tree in whole city. You can assume its height by proportionating it to height of a man standing below the bush in one of the photographs. Many a people recall it to be the one of the highest bougainvillea bush they have ever seen. For me, it is certainly so.

You can see it from hills overlooking Almora
You can spot it from hills overlooking Almora
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