The first site that I visited on my Hyderabad trip was the Hussain Sagar Lake, which dates back to 1562, when it was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali. It is not a natural water body but it is an artificial lake built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. The lake is 3.2 kilometers long and 2.8 meters wide, with a depth of 32 feet. Stretched over an area of 5.7square kilometers this particular water body is fed by the river Musi.
An artificial island has also been built in the centre of the Hussain Shah Lake and is termed as the Gibraltar Rock. On this island stands a giant monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha that was erected in the year 1992. This figure is the tallest Buddha monolith in the world. Before the building of Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar on the Musi River, the Hussain Sagar was the main source of water supply to the city of Hyderabad.
The Buddha monolith is 18 meters tall and is erected on a red lotus pedestal in the middle of the lake. It was erected on April 12th 1992 and is chiseled out of a huge white granite rock. The rock weighted 450 tones and it took 200 sculptors to complete the statue in two long years.
Adjacent to the Hussain Sagar Lake is the Lumbini Park. It is an urban park and is stretched over an area of 7.5 acres of land. Like the monolith of Gautama Buddha, the Lumbini Park was also undertaken as a part of the Buddha Poornima Project. It has been built with a cost of INR 2.35 crores and has various attractions that include, musical fountains, boating and laser auditorium.
One of the most distinctive features of the Hussain Sagar Lake is the thaumaturgical view of the Venus, Jupiter and moon cosmic triangle that is formed very rarely at this site. As the day ended I enjoyed the view of the beautiful sunset that can be seen from this lake. The sheen of the setting sun was giving a golden and orange glow to the waters of this lake; this was truly a very soothing and peaceful view to witness.