Photographer's Note

The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed to its immense beauty and tourist attraction. The lakes offer a fabulous time for holiday makers and water fiends. The Hussain Sagar is one such lake. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The Hussain Sagar was built on a tributary of the Musi river by Hussain Shah Wahi during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562. It is a sprawling artificial lake that holds water perenially.

As the dusk unfolds, the environs of Hussain Sagar is crowded with colorfully attired young couples and families. Dozens of vendors make brisk business selling yummy eatables. Throughout the year the Tank Bund presents a picture of hustle-bustle of the regular traffic and the fun loving people who come to the water front for recreation. Also for these people, the cold and pleasant breeze along the lake takes them into a reverie where they are untouched with the present until the blaring sounds of the moving vehicles jostle them to reality!

An 18 meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha towers over the lake from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. The road on the Tank-Bund which originally was very narrow was widened in 1946 when Sir Mirza Ismail was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. Further It stands majestically amidst the shimmering waters of the lake. Standing on the Tank Bund at night, one is awe-struck to see the glimmering row of lights outlining the lake that look like a diamond studded necklace. widening and beautification of the Tank-Bund took place during 1987-88 with the addition of fountains with dancing waters, tantalising coloured lighting during nights, and the installation of nearly thirty three (33) well sculptured bronze statues mounted on high platforms, in the memory of historical and eminent personalities of Andhra Pradesh. The idea of erecting a giant monolith Buddha statue in the midst of Hussainsagar lake on the Gibraltar rock was a part of the Buddha Poornima project in 1985. The monolithic statue was chiselled out of a white granite rock, weighting 450 tons. It was carved by 200 sculptors for two years. The statue was transported to Hyderabad in November 1988. After the initial problems, the statue was erected on 12th April 1992 on a red coloured Lotus pedestral. Attached to it, Lumbini park was inaugurated with musical fountains, Bonsai Plants and a boat ride from Lumbini Park to the Buddha Statue. The whole atmosphere reflects peace and persevence. This is the necklace road being readied to enhance the beauty of Hussain Sagar.

Indeed the Hussain Sagar is a heaven for young and old hearts, a thrill for yatchers and above all an ideal place for relaxation and recreation!!

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