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Hussain Sagar Lake

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Ideal Time: 2-3 hours

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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad Overview

Renowned as Asia's largest artificial lake, the Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the most popular tourist hotspot situated in Hyderabad. The lake itself was built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1563 during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. Renowned for its monolith of Lord Buddha which is right in the centre of the lake, this place is famously known as Tank Bund as well. Interestingly, the imposing statue of Buddha was a much later addition to the Hussain Sagar Lake. The attraction also has 3 km long dam wall and connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Although the Hussain Sagar Lake is popular for activities such as fish culture, water sports and boat rides, the major attraction of the lake is a monolithic Buddha statue situated right at the heart of the lake. The statue of Buddha was installed in the year 1993 and was inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama himself. Standing at the Tank Bund, you can see an outline of the lake done by lights appearing as a diamond studded necklace. Thus, the road is also known as the 'Necklace Road'. Owing to its unique heart - shaped outline, the Hussain Sagar Lake has been declared as the 'Heart of the World' by UNWTO.

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Hussain Sagar Lake was built in 16th century by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in appreciation of Hussain Shah Wali, who is believed to have been the force behind its unique heart - shaped design. Constructed on a tributary of Musi River in 1563, the water in the lake is perennially fed by canals from the Musi river. Hussain Sagar was the main source of water supply to Hyderabad before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on river Musi. Today, it is flocked by tourists and visitors in large number and has become one of the most popular tourist attraction in the city.

Covering a massive area of 5.7 square kilometers, the Hussain Lake was artificially constructed over the Musi River by Quli Qutub Shah. A 3 km long dam wall connecting Hyderabad and Secunderbad is a part of the premises as well. A 16 m high monolithic Buddha statue weighing at 350 tonnes is erected right at the centre of the lake. Crafted entirely out of white granite, the magnificent statue is placed upon what is known as the "Rock of Gibralter".

Located near the Hussain Sagar Lake is Lumbini PArk, which is the venue for one of the most kaleidoscopic light and sound show in Hyderabad. Laser lights are used to create alluring 3 - D imagery that narrated the history of the city. Accompanying the visual stimuli is a complementing audio as well, making the show an educational as well as entertaining activity. Logistics for the same are:-

Show Timings (Weekdays):
 7:15 PM
Show Timings (Weekend):  7:15 PM, 8:30 PM
Ticket Price: INR 50 per head
Parking Fee: 
INR 10 per person

In addition to the laser show, a musical water fountain show is also held here from 6:15 PM to 8:00 PM. 

In addition to being a major tourist hotspot, the Hussain Sagar Lake is a hub of water sports as well. Different kind water sports such as sailing, yatching and boating are a regular feature of the lake. Sailing and yachting are among the most active clubs here, and Regattas have been held here since 1971 jointly by the EME Sailing Association and the Secunderabad Sailing Club. Other events such as the Hyderabad Sailing Week have been held here since 1984. The same year saw the introduction of laser boats by the Laser Class Association of India. Annual sports meet see a huge turnout of sports enthusiasts from all over the country.

Foodies, rejoice! Overlooking the calm and quaint waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake lies the famous Eat Street of Hyderabad which is the perfect destination to spend a peaceful evening with your family. This point lives up to its name and has a number of famous fast food joints such as Pizza Hut, Minerva Coffee Shop, Baskin Robbins, SubWay and McDonald's. And if you're in the mood for some good old desi chaat, Ohri's counter section has the perfect fix for you with its lip - smacking Dahi Puri, Golgappas, Chana Bhatura, Dahi Papdi, Pav Bhaji, Aaloo Chat, Raj Kachori and Pani Puri. Other delicacies served here include Hyderabad Biryani, Vegetarian, Chicken and Mutton Biryani, Rajma Rice, Naan, Roti, coffee, Dosas, Idli and Uttapams.

Numerous attractions are lined along the Hussain Sagar Lake which make up for a beautiful sight to behold. These include Patton Tank which is a war trophy given to the 54th Infantry Division who had disabled it during the Battle of Basantar in Pakistan, during 15–17 December 1971, Lumbini Park, Birla Mandir, Sanjeevaiah Park, NTR Gardens and the tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa whon was a saint belonging to the Nizam era.

The best time to visit Hussain Sagar Lake is during the morning when you will find joggers and people with dogs out on a walk, or during the evening when the weather is good for a stroll and the laser show is conducted.

1. Do litter around the lake or through any garbage in the lake.
2. Be careful while indulging in water sports activities and take proper precautions as suggested.

You can easily reach the Hussain Sagar Lake by various modes of local transportation such as auto-rickshaw, bus and taxis which are easily available in all parts of the city. The lake has been made accessible to the public by the means of a ferry service for which the tickets are available at the lake itself. 

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Hussain Sagar Lake Reviews

7 months ago by

This could have been a main attraction of the city, a nice place for a walk or to relax. Only if it was maintained up to that level. The whole lake is so polluted that you will never want to visit it again. Although, the Sanjeeviah park near to this lake is worth exploring.

7 months ago by

Very nice place but not maintained well .

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