Hyderabad, the land of nawabs allure the visitors with its majestic nature and architectural wonders. Every corner of this pearl city resonates the cultural heritage and livelihood of ancient reign. Golconda, one amongst them which narrate the great tales about the rulers of that era. Have you ever heard about Hatiyan Ka Jhad, a 400-year-old Baobab tree in Telangana, where once infamous 40 thieves hide themselves during Qutub Shah’s reign? If not, then this write-up is for you. Give a quick scroll down to know more about this age-old tree of India.
Hatiyan Ka Jhad – An old Baobab tree
Nestled in the heart of Naya Quila of Golconda Fort premises, Hyderabad, the 400-year-old Baobab tree is an unexplored destination of Hyderabad. This mammoth size Baobab tree amazes the visitors with a thick truck of 25m circumference and great tales. The tree is called as Hatiyan Ka Jhad due to its enormous shape which resembles an elephant due to gnarled folded trunk. The view of Golconda Fort from this place will render picture-perfect moments to one’s trip.
Who planted the Baobab tree in Golconda?
It is said that, centuries ago, during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, a few wandering fakirs who visited Golconda gifted Baobab tree to the then Golconda ruler Qutub Shah which was brought from Madagascar, Africa. They planted the Baoba on the premises of Golconda. This centuries-old Baobab tree witnessed great reigns of Qutub Shahi’s to Nizams. Listen carefully it narrates the great tales about the invasions of Mughals and historical heritage of Qutub Shahi dynasty. In some parts of India, the Baobab tree is considered as Kalpavruksh which fulfil the wishes of devotees.
On the premises of this locale, one can catch a glimpse of an ancient Mosque which was built in 1569 AD by Mulla Khayali, a noted courtier, poet and famous calligraphist during Sultan Ibrahim Qutub Shah. The beautifully carved arch-shaped architecture resembles the ancient history of Qutub Shah’s era. Stroll across the beauty of this locale to cherish the true essence of mother nature.
How Baobab tree homes 40 thieves?
An interesting legend hovers over this age-old and historical Baobab tree. It is said that during the reign of Qutub Shahi, an infamous 40 notorious thieves hide in a cave inside the tree during the day and indulged in criminal activities during the night across the kingdom. But, one night somebody noticed that smoke coming out from that spot. Few sentries were sent to trace the smoke and they were lead to Baobab tree. They noticed that the smoke was coming out from inside the tree. The thieves who lit the fire to cook the food inside the cave were caught by the sentries. Till one can capture a glimpse of the cave inside the tree. The space inside the cave can accommodate 40 people in it. The cave inside the tree strengthens the story of 40 thieves during the Qutub Shahi period. Whatever might be the story, the cave inside the Hatiyan Ka Jhad will amaze the tourists.
Best Time to Visit Baobab Tree in Golconda
Irrespective of seasons, Hatiyan ka Jhad renders beautiful vistas to the visitors. It may be a summer or rainy it captivates the tourists with its looks. But, a visit to Baobab tree during Monsoon will provide the best chance to enjoy nature amidst the cool breezes and drizzles. No one can resist themselves to capture the beauty of nature through a camera lens.
One can enjoy the views of historical canons over the Golconda fort walls and exquisite vistas of Hyderabad Golf Course which is just a few stones away from the place.
How to reach?
Hatiyan Ka Jhad is just a few stones away from historical Golconda fort but most of the tourists are unaware of this beautiful spot. It is very near to Hyderabad Golf Course and a few miles away from Golconda government schools. Beware that the serpent-like lines may confuse you better to take the help of Google maps to reach the spot easily.
One can pay a visit to the Baobab tree between 10 am to 5 pm every day.
Though it is a protected site visitors are not allowed to climb the tree to reach the cave. Take the memories but never leave the footprints.
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