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Paradise found

Jubilee Hills’ Herbal Garden is a cornucopia of stone and diverse herbs canopied by watchful trees

Smack in the middle of the fuming city, lies a lung space that’s unconventional and eye-catching; GHMC’s Herbal Garden in Jubilee Hills has become a favourite meandering spot for morning walkers and curious passers-by of the area.

Bigger than you think

The whopping 12 acres serves as a history lesson too, delving into the original uses of medicine and the more common ayurvedic alternative methods used today. You can imagine the everyday botany enthusiast visiting this place often for its value for all things herbal.

Expect plenty of environmental titbits: one large board talks extensively about the causes and effects of acid rain.

A vibrant ecosystem

The space is owned by GHMC ut maintained by an independent contractor. The watchman confides that some of the space is prohibited from public access due to the large number of snakes that live amid the vegetation.

However, it’s easy to see that there is a protection for anything that thrives in the gardens as everything contributes to the vital ecosystem.

Paradise found

You are met with large leaf-shaped boards which feature the English, Latin and Telugu names of certain herbs and trees, followed by an insightful paragraph of information. You’ll keep seeing them as you follow the various stone paths that run throughout the shadowy gardens.

One such example of this is the Gymnema sylvestre which is more commonly known as Miracle Fruit. Its Telugu nameis Podapatri and this tropical plant’s foliage can be used for treatments of snake bites, liver enlargement and malarial fever— however, its most common usage is for regulation of diabetes.

The pretty Jasminium grandiflorum or Catalan Jasmine or Jaji Malati in Telugu also grows in fullness. The whole plant is used to alleviate facial paralysis, ulcers and even leprosy.

Well-known treebine Cissus quadrangularis or Devil’s Backbone or Nalleru is something you may see commonly used by the more superstitious who treat bone fractures.

Another interesting herb that catches the eye is strychnos nux-vomica or poison nut or Mushti in Telugu. Various parts of the plant are used for a spectrum of things despite its worrisome name: chronic wounds, cholera and paralysis to name a few.

Instead of using harmful pesticides, the gardens have patches of lemon grass to ward off mosquitoes which may be a concern for walkers.

Paradise found

The small family that resides in the garden and watches over the plant life shares that, because not a lot of people think to enter the gardens, they often see the same people everyday. It’s an ideal place to come around and read a book or even just to press pause; and the gardens take on a surreal dimension during the rains, with a pretty mix of light and shadow which plays tricks on the eye.

We are elated that a cosmopolitan sector of Hyderabad such as Jubilee Hills has such a valuable and hopefully permanent lung space that teaches and breathes life into anyone who enters.

GHMC Herbal Garden

What Herbal garden and lung space

Area 12 acres

Where Road number 10, Jubilee Hills

Opening hours 8am - 7pm

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