Hyderabad Tourism Places- Place to visit in Hyderabad-Hussain Sagar Lake

Hyderabad Tourism Places

40+ Incredible Tourist Places to visit in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD

A city of Pearl, the largest city and capital of Indian state of Telangana. (Former Capital of Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad is attracting everyone because of his History and modernity. Hyderabad monuments are famous world-wide.

It is also famous as a city of Nizam’s. When we talk about Nizam’s, by default Hyderabad mouth watering cuisine comes into picture which is again world famous.

Hyderabad is situated in the Southern part of Telangana in South Eastern India, along the banks of the Musi River, located on the Deccan Plateau in the Northern part of South India. Greater Hyderabad covers 625 km2 (241 sq mi), making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in India.

A major center for the technology industry, it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar.

With an average altitude of 542 metres (1,778 ft), much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes, including the Hussain Sagar lake, predating the city’s founding, in the north of the city centre.

How the Jewel or Nizam city name as Hyderabad?

The name Hyderabad means “Haydar’s city” or “lion city”, from haydar lion’ and ābād ‘city’, after Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib, also known as Haydar because of his lion-like valour in battle. The city was originally called  Baghnagar ‘city of gardens’ and later acquired the name Hyderabad.

Ethnicity

Referred to be as “Hyderabadi“, the residents of Hyderabad are predominantly Telugu and Urdu speaking people, with minority  Bengali, Sindhi, KannadaMemon, Nawayathi, Malayalam, Marathi,Gujarati, Marwari, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Uttar Pradeshi communities. Hyderabadi Muslims are a unique community who owe much of their history, language, cuisine, and culture to Hyderabad.

Once you landed into Hyderabad, you will have a different feel looking the mix of traditional and modern culture with a Hi-Tech Hyderabadi touch.

Overall Hyderabad is divided as Old City- the historic city established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the southern side of the Musi River and the New city which is completely modernised and surrounded the metro-politan area on the northern banks.

Let’s talk about the places to visit- Hyderabad Tourism Places

One of the most popular lake in India with a shape of Heart. Yes, you understand correctly….

HUSSAIN SAGAR LAKE

Hussain Sagar is a heart-shaped lake in Hyderabad, Telangana. This lake is an artifical lake and built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in year 1563. Area covered by the lake is 5.7 square kilometer. Source of water in this lake is River Musi.

A large immovable and a single stone statue of the Gautama Buddha, erected in 1992, stands on Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the lake. The height of the statue is 16m and weight is 450 tonnes. There were almost 200 sculptors who did day-night work and carved the status in 2 years. The statue was transported in November 1988 to Hyderabad. Initially there were lot of issues faced in setting up the status but later it was erected on 12 April 1992 on a red lotus pedestal.

The maximum depth of the lake is 9.754 m. It also separates the city centre of Hyderabad from its neighborhood Secunderabad. 

Hussain Sagar was the main source of water supply to Hyderabad before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on river Musi.

Timings and Entry fees related to Hussain Sagar Lake

Timings: The Hussain sagar timings are from 8 AM to 10 PM. It is open to visitors on all days of the week. Although, one can visit this marvelous place throughout the year, but June to February is the best season. Summer evenings will also be pleasant from 5 PM to 7 PM. There are parks and other places of tourist interest around Hussain Sagar lake. 2-3 hours is the time required to enjoy the lake view.

Entry Fees: The entry is Rs. 10/- 

EventsTimeAdult feeChild feeRemarks
Laser showShow starts at 7.15 PMAdult ticket- Rs. 50/-Below 5 years-Free
Boating timings9 AM to 9 PM
Mechanised Boat (Visit to Buddha statue)Adult fee- Rs. 55/-Child 5 to 10 years fee- Rs. 35/-Suitable for individual or a group as several tourist travel together on these big boats
Jet Ski-Per Trip one person is Rs 250/-
-2 persons Rs 300/-
(No Alighting at Buddha Statue)
RajahamsaPer Person Rs 100/-(No Alighting at Buddha Statue)
Minimum 5 persons required per trip. This is best for a single family or a group going for pleasure trip.
Para SailingPer Sortie it is Rs 400 per person

Other related information:

  1. There is a locker room available where you can deposit your bags for Rs 3/- ( per bag ) and this is open upto night 9 PM.
  2. There is no restriction to carry camera inside but all bags and tourist have to pass through security checks to enter inside the park.
  3. Toilet facility is available ( pay per use ) inside the park.

Landmarks and attractions

Hussain Sagar is one of the most popular tourists place in Hyderabad. This lake is a popular spot for sailing. This lake is one of the attraction in the night due to its lightning show. Another attraction is the statues around the lake with a count of 34. All these additions were done by Andhra Pradesh Late CM- Shri N.T.Rama Rao during 1987-88 which helps in widening and beautification of Tank Bund by adding these colourful lights and Bronze statues of renowned personalities.

Hussain Sagar Thermal Power Station– Hussain Sagar Thermal Power Station was the first thermal power plant in entire South India and was part of the erstwhile Hyderabad State Electricity Department located on the banks of Hussain Sagar. It was the source of power supply for Hyderabad and Secunderabad from 1920 to 1983. It’s primary fuel was Coal with a capacity of 22.5 MW.

Patton Tank– M47 Patton Tank, an old Pakistani Army Patton tank, captured by the Indian Army in one of the India-Pakistan war. It is on display at Rotary Park in Tank Bund (banks of Hussain Sagar Lake). 

The Pakistan M47 Patton tank is a war trophy given to the 54th Infantry Division and is one that the battalion had disabled during the Battle of Basantar in Pakistan, during December 15–17, 1971. It was given to the city by the 54th Infantry Division after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It is kept for display on center of Tank Bund, thus became an attraction for visitors to the Hussain Sagar.

Buddha statue– The Hussain Sagar lake of Hyderabad boasts of being home to one of the most brilliant yet modern architectural marvels in the world – a giant Buddha statue – which is now a busy tourist attraction.

  • Former CM Shri NT Rama Rao was impressed with Statue ot Liberty in US and decided to have same one in Hyderabad that could turn into an iconic landmark. But the installation of the iconic structure proved to be a tough task. It was indeed a great challenge for the engineers working on the project to succeed in their mission and it took about two years for them to finally complete the task mounting it on a platform built in the lake.
  • It is one of the tallest monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha that has been sculpted out of a one single piece of rock. It is 16 meters tall and weighs about 450 tonne. In 2006, the Dalai Lama was invited to perform rituals that would help the statue gain the divine status.

Lumbini Park– Lumbini Park is one of the main attraction in Hyderabad city near Hussain Nagar. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Telangana state (Former Andhra Pradesh). The park had been developed in year 1994 for tourist attraction, entertainment and relaxation for all age group people from kids to senior citizens. It was constructed at a cost of INR 2.35 crores on 5 acres of land.

Lumbini park named based on the birth place of Lord Buddha.

There are many amusement rides which everyone enjoys on daily basis. The garden inside the park is setting an example with varieties of plants and the rock decorations.

Majestic clock at the entry gate is the key attraction inside the park. The musical fountain show is fabulous to watch as the waters dance with the rhythmic beats of the music. The musical fountain has two shows per day (7.15pm and 8pm). A 3D laser show occurs in the evening where you can witness the city being created with the vibrant display of lights. 

There are restaurants, eateries, ice cream parlours, fast food joints etc., inside Lumbini Park to eat. Tourists can buy small gift items, soft toys and snacks near Lumbini Park.

Birla Mandir– Birla Mandir is a well known Hindu temple which was built on a 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres plot. The construction took almost 10 years. Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission did opening of this temple in 1976.

Birla Temple is a centre to spirituality in Hyderabad and is famous for its impressive architecture. The glistening white structure dotting the skyline of modern Hyderabad. Birla temple is located towards the southern end of Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad. The building is made of 2,000 tons of pure white marble. It contains several shrines devoted to Hindu and Buddhist deities. The traditional site also embraces modernity with light displays at night.

Sanjeevaiah Park– Sanjeevaiah Park is an exclusive Children park with lot of greenery located in the heart of Hyderabad. The park is built on 90+ acres along the banks of Hussain Sagar lake, the park is named after Damodaram Sanjivayya, an erstwhile Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The park consists of other smaller parks like a herbal park, a butterfly park, a rose garden, and of course home to one of the largest national flags in India, mounted atop a nearly 300-ft tall flag pole.

Sanjeevaiah Park was awarded as the Best Open Landscape Award during Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage award presentations.

Prasad’s IMAX– Prasad’s IMAX is a multiplex with an area of 2,35,000 sq ft, housing an IMAX movie theater with a five screen multiplex. Additionally, it is having food court, gaming zone and a shopping mall covering two levels of the complex. It is India’s 3rd IMAX theater.

Imax is a must visiting place for everyone in Hyderabad at least once.

Snow World– Snow World is a well known amusement park in Hyderabad, within an area of about 2 acres. The park is having capacity to accommodate a total of 2400 visitors in a day. It is located beside Indira Park and along the Hussain Sagar lake, the park was inaugurated on 28 January 2004.

Said to be the first of its kind at any show theme park or snow dome in the world, the visitors are exposed to snowfall for ten minutes for every hour.

NTR Gardens– NTR Gardens is a small public and urban park of 55 acres adjacent to Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad. The construction was started in year 1999 in different phases. The park was named on Former late CM Shri- NT Ramao Rao who died on 18 January 1996.

The park opens the whole year for visitors. NTR Gardens happens to be one of the major and famous attractions in Hyderabad. NTR Gardens is an easy escape from the tiresome activities of daily life. The green trees and shrubs and the colorful flora add to the charm of the garden, which is enough to attract the visitors. The garden also has a toy train facility that can take visitors on a short ride across the entire garden.

Tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa– Saidani Ma Tomb, also spelt Saidani Maa Tomb, is a tomb located in Hyderabad. Saidani-Ma-Saheba was Abdul Haq Diler Jung’s mother. This tomb was built by him in the memory of his mother in 1883 AD. It is a beautiful mausoleum that has a lovely latticework.

The tomb is constructed on a square platform with an engraved dome, flanked by ornamental minarets. The tomb has five arches with three of them placed in the centre and the other two on the either side of wall panel. The parapet wall is well designed in two tier style, floral designs are observed abundantly on the structure and small niches are also provided in the parapet wall.

Sailing

Hussain Sagar lake is a popular spot for sailing. A series of Boat races have been held here since 1971 jointly by the EME Sailing Association and the Secunderabad Sailing Club. Hyderabad Sailing Week has been conducted here since 1984 when the first laser boats were introduced by the Laser Class Association of India.

The event has grown from 10 laser entries in 1984 to 110 laser entries in 2009. In August 2009 the lake was witness to the monsoon boat race in which sailors from all over India comes to participate. A varieties of sailboats and yachts were raced here.

Statues of Icons in Tank Bund– 34 well-sculptured bronze statues, mounted on high platforms, of people who played iconic role in the development of Hyderabad and Telugu culture along the Tank Bund road. The following 34 personalities are commemorated in the order of appearance from Secunderabad.

How to reach Hussain Sagar

You can reach Hussain Sagar by RTC buses, Cab, Auto. Below is the map of Hussain Sagar.

Hussain Sagar Map

Auto ( Taxi ) will take nearly Rs 80 to 100 to take you to Park from Secunderabad railway station.

For rest of the Tourist places, we will discuss in our upcoming blog, till then..

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