Gandipet Lake Hyderabad: It is not just forts and palaces that constitute Hyderabad sightseeing places. Gardens, waterfalls and lakes such as Gandipet Lake present a beautiful touch of nature around the city of Hyderabad. Also known as Osman Sagar, Gandipet Lake is spread across an area of 46 Km.
Osman Sagar Lake has been named after the late seventh Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan who in 1920 built a Dam over the lake so as to protect the city from flooding. The Dam is the main reservoir for the twin cities - Hyderabad and Secunderabad. This lake is now one of the main sources of drinking water for both Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Along with this the lake makes for an amazing sightseeing option as well. The sunset and sunrise at the lake are simply mesmerising. Osman Sagar, Gandipet, is often visited by families and those who are looking for some peaceful time away from the hustle bustle of the city. The lawn towards the lower side of the lake offers a picturesque ambience, dotted with lush greenery by the side of vast lake body. It presents a perfect setting for family outings. It is one of the popular one day picnic spots in Hyderabad, where families and friends can relax and spend some time amid the refreshing atmosphere. Many visitors bring their own food and games to play in this serene environment. For others, there is also a cafeteria here.
Go for boating at the lake and experience the calm water and beautiful surroundings. The best time to visit lake is during months of October to March, when the climate is much cooler to sit out and enjoy the soothing surrounding.
There are options of staying overnight as well. Guest house named Sagar Mahal by Andhra Pradesh Tourism offers decent staying options by the side of serene lake and soothing atmosphere away from the hustle bustle of the city life. This guest house, Sagar Mahal in Gandipet once used to be the summer resort of Nizams. Some portion of this mahal has been now open to public; there are about 10 double rooms for accommodation. It offers its guests not only a royal ambience and breathtaking view of the lake but also scrumptious delicacies to pamper their taste buds.
For those looking for some excitement and thrill, and especially for those travelling with children, the place has various entertainment parks nearby. Theme Parks like Ocean Park Hyderabad and Treasure Island are located quite close to the Gandipet lake Hyderabad. The Shirdi Sai Baba temple is located at the Northern end of the resort and attracts hordes of religious tourists every year. It is quite near to the famous Chilkur Balaji Temple as well.
Osman Sagar location is about 20 km from Secunderabad. Visitors can either take bus or even go in their own vehicles. Gandipet route offer pleasant driving experience. Many people visit the lake in early morning as not only the sunrise is mesmerising but even the drive till there is utterly refreshing. Sunset at Gandipet also lures many visitors.