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"Madhno" song at the site of the Chinar trees lini

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Kashmir’s landscape is set ablaze with hundreds of Chinar trees turning crimson amidst the winter haze. The Chinar trees are also called the Indian Flame Tree due to their beautiful red foliage. Locally called "The Booune" in the Kashmiri language, Chinar tree holds a special place in Kashmiri civilization. Almost every village in the valley has a Chinar tree. Chinar trees characteristically grow in Eastern Himalayas. They have been an important part of Kashmiri tradition, in that, a Chinar tree is found in almost every village in Kashmir. These trees have survived for ages, because Chinar is basically a long-living tree. Its scientific name is Platanus Orientalis. A deciduous tree, Chinar traces its origin to Greece. Chinar grows up to a height of 25 meters and a girth exceeding 50 feet in certain cases. A tree with the largest circumference of 60 feet is located at a village named Chattergam in central Kashmir. The state government has now imposed a ban on its felling and lopping to preserve the Chinar trees.

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