Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

hussain sagar

Hussain Sagar is a large lake in Hyderabad, capital of the state of Telengana. It was built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the then ruler of Golkonda in 1563. It was named Hussain Sagar after Hussain Shah Wali who designed it. The lake is fed by canals from river Musi. Again river Musi is tributary of river Krishna. It is a source of drinking water for large parts of Hyderabad. Hussain sagar lake separates Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad.

hussain sagar

The banks of Hussain sagar has many parks and tourist attractions: Sanjeevaiah Park, Lumbini park, NTR gardens, Tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa. There is also the beautiful white marble Birla temple on a small hill besides the lake. At night the temple looks like glowing white from a distance. After spending time in the park and strolling around the lake if you feel like watching a movie, there is Prasad’s IMAX. Yes, a movie with IMAX experience. The NTR garden has the memorial of NT Rama Rao, the former chief minister of of undivided Andhra Pradesh and a famous Telugu movie actor. You can also see a Pakistani Patton tank from the Indo-Pak war of 1971. One of the most prominent addition to the lake was the statue of lord Buddha in the middle of the lake by creating a concrete island. This was an initiative of former chief minister NT Rama Rao. You can go for boating on Hussain sagar on various kind of boats run by the Telangana government.

Hussain sagar is the largest heart shaped mark in the world and was recognized by UNWTO as “Heart of the World” on 27th September of 2012, on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

We visited the lake just after sunset. On the other side of the road one can park their vehicles. Besides the parking space there is a small fair where children can take rides. On the sides of footpath, one can taste street food.

The night skyline gave an amazing view of the glowing Buddha statue. Also, on the other hand was the Indian flag flying amazingly from another small island formation. It was amazing to walk around the lake due to cool breeze blowing continuously. I suggest you taking a walk on Necklace road and Trunk Bund road.

Hussain Sagar

birla mandir