From a long time it was curious for some people to find out why the Hyderabadi people like coming and gathering in Hussain Sagar Lake? What specialty has this place? Everyone knows the fact that, Hyderabad is full of attractive places to visit, however this place appeals more that day and night crowded with people. Definitely, all these recreationals here like Buddha Statue, various type of boating , greenery surrounding that one can make picnic, outing with family or friends, cruising are unrejectable enjoyable facts that people come to this lake in spite of that it is artificial. But majority of population of Hyderabad come to refresh their mind and themselves, to sit and walk around the lake, particularly night time it is more beautiful and attractive. As well as , the more information I revealed about Hussain Sagar , the more tremendously it referred to the history. It came out that, it is not just a simple lake.
Hussain Sagar lake is the largest heart shaped mark among the marks: 78 heart shaped lakes and 9 heart shaped islands on the face of the earth. The lake has international remarkable appreciation throughout the world, becoming the symbol of love as it is heart shaped spot. It express the wonder, discover of love among the nations.
A heritage of India was declared as Heart of the World by UNWTO on 27 September 2012, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, for being the world largest heart shaped mark. Logo for the “Heart of the World” was inaugurated by H.E Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, United Nations World Tourism Organization.(UNWTO), Madrid-Spain, in the year 2013.
The real story of establishing this beautiful heritage is much appealing. The heart shaped man- made lake was built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. The king built this lake for the purpose of drinking water and irrigation showing his deep love towards his nation. He appointed one of his subordinates at the same time relative Hussain Shah Wali to control the construction of the artificial lake . It was sprawled across on the tributary of the river Musi and was built in 1562. Hussain Sagar lake was the main water source supply to Hyderabad before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on the river Musi. it is spread across the area of 5.7 square km and the maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet.
The lake initially constructed to provide a drinking water to people but it is not used as a drinking water source since 1930. It was named after Hazrath Hussain Shawali-Sufi saint medical practitioner and architect of the lake, to express gratitude for the Hussain’s treatment that was given to the king during his sickness and made him recover from sickness.
The uniqueness of the lake lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It has been bordered by Indian Park, Sanjeevaiah Park and Lumbini Park; the lake present the setting quite rare to find in the middle of any city.
The most significant attraction of the Sagar lake is the Statue of Buddha on the Gibraltar Rock. This Buddha is the world tallest monolithic stone statue Gautama Buddha located in Hyderabad. It stands over a concrete platform measuring 15 feet tall as ” The Rock of Gibraltar” was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar to aid on erecting the statue. The statue was constructed by Sri N. T Rama Rao-Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh at that time between 1983 to 1989. The idea of building the statue came to his mind when he was visited New York and saw astonishing beauty of Statue of Liberty. Which after decided to build such symbol in Hyderabad as well for the development of culture and it will be his contribution to Indian society. His words sounded priceless when he said about Buddha: “he was a humanitarian, who told the whole truth to the people as will always be pride of Indian culture for he preached peace.”
Though there were some unpleasant cases with the Buddha Statue at that time, nowadays it is the most favorite fascinate place of the people.
To the list of interesting and enjoyable things in H. Sagar includes various type of boating such as speed boating, motor boating , parasailing and etc. Lake and it’s environs have several scenic spots. The roads around the lake Tank Bund or nice Necklace Road shared the beauty of the lake, especially at night you stuck by tiny sparkle of the raw of lights outlining the lake.
Giving these points , its important to realize that Hussain Sagar is a location people always select to spend their time with pleasure. Particularly, beautiful gardens on both sides, decorated foot path and benches draw attention and habitually these places are busy in the evenings. Because people regularly come here to see the view of illuminated night, breath fresh air. They say, together with these all it is a perfect place for sitting and thinking about life, world. Thus ever most of the working people in returning to their homes once visit this space. Just because they like it. And in the evenings you can find young generation who are having fun around Hussain Sagar. Just because they like it. There are 33 attractive spots in the State of Andhra Pradesh, but Hussain Sagar is special one.