Chinar Tree is a living heritage of Kashmir. It is seen as a symbol for the Kashmir, and a part of its soul.
It is a huge and massive majestic tree that can grow upto 30m (100ft) and it normally takes 50 years to mature and 150 years to be fully grown like a giant.
Chinar tree can be found throughout the valley, planes, hillsides and cities, and particularly Char Chinar Island, Nassem Bagh, and other Mughal Gardens.
It is generally called “booune” or “boyn” in local Kashmiri language and chinar in urdu.
Chinar Leaf | Leaves of Chinar Tree
Chinar Leaf is a symbol of Kashmir. Chinar leaf is very beautiful which is green in summer season and in Autumn the color changes to Blood Red, Amber, and Yellow.
Chinar Leaf Images
The word “chinar” is originated from a Persian word which means “what a fire”, the reason is in Autumn season, the red radiant leaves of chinar tree makes it appear as the tree has got fire.
The chinar leaf looks like same as Mapple tree leaves.
Chinar trees in Kashmir
Chinar trees can be found almost in every corner of valley, hills, planes, cities, villages and parks.
Naseem bagh has nealy about 100 chinar trees making it extra beautiful.
Chinar trees can be found in various temples like Khir Bhawani Temple and other Goddess Bhawani temples.
It is also found in various Shrines and Mosques like Sultan-ul-Arifeen and Hazratbal shrine.
University of Kashmir has also a number of chinar trees which makes it more and more beautiful, and it gives shelter to the students in the hot summer and in rainy days.
Char Chinar Island
Char chinar is a beautiful small island in the middle of the Dal Lake Srinagar.
The Island has 4 chinar trees which were planted by Jahangir in such a way that the island can get shadow all over the day.
The cool breeze under the chinar tree in the middle of the Lake is a mind blowing thing.
Benefits of Chinar Trees
Chinar tree is the legacy of Kashmir and is a living heritage and has a deep Cultural value.
It provides shade and shelter in the parks and gardens from the heat and rain.
The cool breeze in the summer days under this tree makes you feel very good.
It also has various medical benefits and its wood can be used for various furniture and art products.
And finally the Beauty, since it is very huge tree it shines and makes Kashmir ever more beautiful.
History of Chinar Tree
Kashmir Valley is the home of world’s oldest chinar tree (646 years old) which is located in village Chattergam of Budgam district, it is believed to be planted in 1374 A.D by an Islamic mystic Syed Abul Qaim Hamadani (RA) who accompanied Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani (RA) from Iran to Kashmir.
It is believed that the Chinar trees of India were brought here from Persia. Mughal Emperors like Akbar, Nur-ud-din Muhammad, Jahangir and Aurangzeb were very fond of this tree. It was even declared as the ‘royal tree’. The great Emperor Akbar is said to have planted around 1,200 trees after he took over Kashmir in 1586.
Chinar Tree Legacy is Dying
The population of the trees has been decreased from around 42,000 in the 1970s to about 15,000 and decreasing more even now.
The trees are now nearing extinction. The Govt. and People cut down the trees for the construction purpose and for the widening of roads and other things.
And new trees are not being planted which is the major cause behind this.