20-km away from the center of
Hyderabad , is
Osman Sagar. This beautiful lake was formed by constructing a dam on the
river Musi in the year 1920 by H.E.H Mir Osman Ali Khan, planned by
renowned engineer of the time Mokshagundam Visweswarayya for the water
supply to Hyderabad city.
The Main Water Resource
The catchment area of the lake is 46-sq-km. It is the main drinking water source for the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Popularly known as Gandipet, it is an excellent picnic spot with well-laid gardens. It is. The major attractions of the place are the lake, the parks, and a road that gives a proper view of the lake from above.
A Beautiful Scenic Spot
Throughout the year - weekdays or weekends - Gandipet beckons holidaymakers from every nook and corner of the twin cities. It has been developed as a public recreation area with well-laid out lush green gardens and swimming pool. The breeze is cool and soothing and the ambience serene. There are a couple of eat-outs around, but usually people carry food along with them. The big disappointment is that one won't be allowed to take a swim in the lake or go anywhere near the waters for that matter.
Usually people visit Gandipet after the rainy season when the reservoir is full. During this period boating is a common sight. Treasure Island and the amusement parks, Elless World and Ocean Park are nearby.
Air: Hyderabad being the capital
city is well connected by air from all the important cities of the
Rail: Hyderabad has got its own railhead and is connected with all the major cities within the state and outside.
Road: Regular bus service connects Hyderabad with all the important places within the country. For city transportation city buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws are also available.
Budget and star hotels are available for accommodation in Hyderabad . The Andhra Pradesh Tourism provides a guesthouse called "Sagar Mahal", which was the summer resort of the erstwhile Nizam. It has about ten double rooms.