Hatiyan Jhad is the biggest as well as the oldest tree of Hyderabad. It is the biggest Baobab tree in India. Baobab trees are usually hollow and they are long-lived. This tree is about 400 years old. It is located in the Naya Qila premises of Golconda Fort.This tree is called Hatiyan Jhad because the tree resembles an elephant in part due to its folded and gnarled trunk.
This tree was originated from Madagascar in Africa and is believed to be brought to India by Arabian traders, who gifted this tree to Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, then the ruler of Golconda kingdom.This tree is called Hatiyan Jhad because the tree resembles an elephant in part due to its folded and gnarled trunk. The tree has the circumference of 27.40 meters.
In addition to that, there is also a small cave formed between the branches of the tree. To enter the cave, one has to climb massive large trunks of the tree that will lead you to the opening in the center. It is better to take some sort of flashlight with you, as it is very dark inside the cave. The tree is well protected by a long steel fence.
There is also a famous story related to this tree. It is said that during the reign of Qutub Shahi rulers, the infamous 40 thieves used to hide inside the cave present in the tree during the day and come out at night to perform their foul activities. Today, this tree stands tall with pride as it has seen the city grow large and also survived the invasion done during the period of Mughals and the British Raj.
The Baobab tree is also known as wish granting tree in some parts of India. These trees are very scarcely found in our country and now are on the verge of becoming endangered. Do not cut the Baobab trees as they are the important part of our cultural heritage.