Mar 3, 2018

Baobab tree of Nanakramguda, Hyderabad

During the last week of December 2017, I happened to learn about few more baobabs in and around Hyderabad and Secunderabad. One of the tree's location was close to Ranganathaswamy temple at Nanakramguda, which is relatively close to our place. I'd planned to check it out whenever I went in that direction.

January 6, 2018
We had been to Lingampally railway station to drop off a relative. On the way back, we went to Nanakramguda, found Ranganathaswamy temple. We learned from a local person that the path to the tree has been cut off due to the construction site fencing. So we had to go back to the main road and look for Domino's Pizza outlet. We found the Baobab standing right behind the commercial complex. What was once an open piece of land with plenty of trees is a construction site.

During this season Baobabs are devoid of leaves. Its sad to see the plight of this tree however there has been a small attempt to protect it ..a small cement wall has been put around the trees base. Wish it was larger in diameter with some gap between the trunk and the wall. Even trees need privacy.

This is how the place looked like few months back. The other trees around the baobab are gone :(

View of the Baobab from the street.

I wish and hope the project owners / builders care better for the tree. It would make them proud of protecting a tree, a heritage tree.

A year old picture of the same tree by Desi Traveler.

Here is a list of known Baobab trees of India-
  1. Hilltop Nightclub, Vagator, Goa
  2. Cabo Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, Goa
  3. Quepem, Goa
  4. Bamboo Motels, Goa
  5. next to Yogapur mosque, Bijapur
  6. near Ibrahim Roza, Bijapur, Karnataka (may have dried out)
  7. Dodda Hunashe Matha, Savanur, Karnataka
  8. Attapur, Hyderabad
  9. Vansthalipuram, Hyderabad, Telangana
  10. near Chappel Road, Hyderabad, Telangana
  11. Ranganath temple at Nanakramguda Hyderabad, Telangana
  12. Uppal in Chengicherla Reserve Forests, Hyderabad, Telangana
  13. Shivalaya on Balachandruni Guttalu, Nalagonda, Telangana
  14. Nellore, Andhrapradesh
  15. Theosophist Society Gardens, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  16. The American College campus, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  17. Chinmaya Vidyalaya's campus at Ilanthope, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu
  18. Mangaliawas near Ajmer, Rajasthan
  19. Vadodara, Gujarat
  20. Dayapur, Gujarat
  21. Kutch, Gujarat
  22. Bhanagar, Gujarat
  23. Baroda, Gujarat
  24. near Gujarat College / Victoria Garden / Sukharamnagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  25. Mulund, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  26. Byculla zoo, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  27. Outside the Vasai fort, Maharashtra
  28. Tilak road and Ghole road, Pune, Maharastra
  29. near Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  30. Mandavgad or Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
  31. near Sangam, left bank of the Ganga, Prayag, Uttar Pradesh 
  32. Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Bihar

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