Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. It is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometers and is fed by River Musi. A large monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha, erected in 1992 which was established by senior N.T.R and itstands in an island in the middle of the lake.Maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet.
Hussain Sagar was built across a tributary of the river Musi river in 1563 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. The lake was named after Hussain Shah Wali, who helped design it. It is an artificial lake that holds water perennially fed by canals from Musi river. Hussain Sagar was the main source of water supply to Hyderabad before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on river Musi
Landmarks and attractions
The road on the Tank Bund was widened in 1946 when Sir Mirza Ismail was the prime minister of Hyderabad Deccan. Further widening and beautification of the Tank bund took place during 1987-88 by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.T.Rama Rao with the addition of fountains with dancing waters, tantalizing colored lights at night and bronze statues of renowned personalities.
Amidst the heavenly view of a serene lake stands the auspicious statue of Lord Buddha! Well, this is not just an imagination but a real destination. This is the splendid Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad. Built by Hussain Shah Wahi in the year 1562, it is one of the few man-made lakes in India. The lake, which serves as a link between Hyderabad and Secunderabad, was constructed on the tributary of River Musi to provide adequate water supply to the city. Today, it stands proud as one of the most visited tourist spots in Hyderabad.
Lumbini Park which encircles the lake on one side. On the other side of the lake is the majestic Birla Mandir sculpted on an elevation. The entrance is marked by a white arch with two lions standing beside the pillars on each side, showcasing the traditional Hindu temple design. The monolithic statue of Lord Buddha, made up of granite, stands tall at a height of 16 meters. The sparkling row of lights that outline the lake give the impression of a “diamond studded necklace” at night. You can witness this blissful sight standing at the Tank Bund road which has well laid foot-paths and benches.
Adjacent to the Tank Bund Road, is another boulevard popularly known as the Necklace Road. With beautiful gardens on both the sides, this road is often crowded with visitors in the evenings. The Hussain Sagar Lake is also the hub of a number of activities that are carried out to entertain the visitors. Major attractions include a boat ride from the Lumbini park to the Buddha Statue, cruises with on-board dining facilities, speed boats and a number of cultural activities carried out by resident cultural departments.
Being a site of major attraction for the tourists, the deteriorating conditions of the lake definitely call for attention. Nonetheless, the mesmerizing view and the calmness in the atmosphere make the place worth visiting!
Address: 2 Km From Hyderabad Center, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Entry fee: The Buddha statue is accessible through the Lumbini Park via boats.
Boating fee for adults: Rs. 30; Children: Rs. 20
Speed Boat: Rs. 160 for 4 persons
Water Scooter: Rs. 60 per trip
Good for: Nature Lovers Photo Fanatics
Timings: All days of the week 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM