Hyderabad is home to its own Sleepy Hollow or Hathiyon ka Jhaad which can be seen at the Golf Course in Naya Quilla. The tree has been in the city for the past 500 years and continues to be healthy and spreading.The tree happens to a Baobab tree that is native to Madagascar.
The trees are known for their massive circumference of about 25 mts. Haathiyon ka Jhaad is so known due to its gigantic size and wiry folded trunk that resembles an elephant.It has withstood seasons over the years and stands tall and grand despite massive urbanization around the area. Deep-rooted in Deccan soil, the tree was brought over by fakirs centuries ago. Today, it is protected by a grilled enclosure and while it provides awesome views in all seasons, it is best seen during the monsoon season when there is a light drizzle and cool breeze.
The Wakf Board members CEO and historians feel that the horticultural department can plant more such trees around the city so that they bear fruit and give shade for generations to come. Dwarfing could also help, they reiterate.
Meanwhile, the city’s Sleepy Hollow has an interesting fable associated with it. It is said that during Qutub Shahi's rule, there was a gang of 40 robbers who robbed during night time and hid in the tree during the day as the tree is completely hollow from inside. Once, someone spotted smoke coming out of the tree and found that the thieves were living a rather cozy life inside the tree.