Hyderabad is a city with a history that reads like a love story and a past that sounds like a fairy tale. Hyderabad is a city of water. As of 1996, the city had 140 lakes and 834 water tanks (ponds). The city s lakes are often called sagar (sea). Hussain Sagar Lake, built in 1562, is near the city centre and the most famous. Next comes the Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, which are also artificial lakes created by dams on the Musi. So today, let us have a look at the Osman Sagar Lake.
Osman Sagar, better known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an excellent picnic spot.
It is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad. Mir Osman Ali Khan formed this water body as a result of damming of the river Musi in 1920. The idea was to supply water to Hyderabad. The lake is spread over an area of 46 sq.km. and is the main drinking water for the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Abutting the lake and the bund are lush gardens that provide the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake is the heritage building, Sagar Mahal, built as a resort by the Nizam of Hyderabad and converted now into a lake resort managed by AP Tourism.
The breeze is cool and soothing and the ambience serene. Sprawling lawns with colourful flora and youthful trees towards the lower side of the dam make the place picturesque. The lake offers boating facilities to the visitors who look forward to a pleasant ride.
The construction of reservoir on Esi a tributary of Musi River was completed in 1927, for providing drinking water source for Hyderabad, and also saving the city from floods, which Hyderabad suffered in 1908. It was built during the reign of The Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Nizam VII and so it is named after his youngest son Himayat Ali Khan.
Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It is a sprawling artificial lake that holds water perennially, built during the reign of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, across a tributary of the river Musi. Linking the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the lake and its environs have several parks and scenic spots.
Shamirpet Lake is an artificial lake about 24 kilometres north of Secunderabad. It was built during the Nizam reign. The lake attracts many birds, making it a good bird watching spot. A resort run by the Government of Andhra Pradesh is located near the lake. The Outer Ring Road passes close to the lake. The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad campus is also situated near the lake.
The best time to visit the Osman Sagar Lake is during the winter months from October to March, as the weather is pleasant there.
Hyderabad is very well connected by trains, road and airports to major cities. On reaching Hyderabad, one can easily hire a bus or a taxi to go around.
So that is a brief about the Osman Sagar Lake. Lakes in Hyderabad are not just made for attraction, but are important because they provide water to the city. Thus, they play a bigger role in the lives of the people.