Goutam Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar Lake and The Heart of the World
Hussain Sagar Lake is a 5.7 square kilometer lake, which separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A 18-meter high white granite monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, weighing 350 tons was installed on the Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the Lake in 1992.
Hussain Sagar Lake was built in 1563 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. ruler of the kingdom of Golconda from 1550 to 1580. The lake was designed by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali and hence got its name. The lake gets its waters through a canal from river Musi.
UNWTO, World Tourism Organization, has declared this heritage lake as the ‘Heart of the World’ in 2012 on the occasion of the World Tourism day. UNWTO described the lake as “World’s largest heart mark, the world’s wonderful heart mark & the world’s heritage heart mark”. (Please click the link in the fist sentence of this para, to see the declaration.)
The Tank Bund road along the shores of the lake is a major tourist spot with many landmarks like Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, Sanjeevaiah Park, NTR Gardens, Tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa, Patton Tank (one among the war trophies of India ), etc.
World’s Tallest Monolith Statue of Gautam Buddha
World’s tallest monolith statue of Lord Buddha is inside the lake on the Hussain Sagar Island. Hussain sagar buddha statue accident, in which 10 people were killed, happened during transportation of the statue of Gautam Buddha to Gibraltar Rock in the island. The Goutam Buddha statue which fell into the lake. Bhagwan Buddha statue was salvaged after 2 years and was erected on a concrete platform measuring 15 feet in Hussain Sagar Island inside the lake. There are boat services to the the lake, to see this magnificent Statue of siddhartha buddha or Bhagwan Buddha or Lord Buddha. Boat ride takes around 15 minutes.
Yacht Club of Hyderabad
The Yacht Club is situated inside Sanjeevaiah Park, located north of the lake. The yacht club gives sailing and Kayaking training to youths. Sailing Boat and Sailing Gear of different types like Kayak, Lasers, Optimists (for children), Omegas, etc. are there in the Yacht Club of Hyderabad. The club has its own safety & rescue vessels.
How Do I Go to Hussain Sagar Lake?
The Lake is situated at the heart of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations are the nearest major railway stations to the lake. Hyderabad International airport is the nearest airport to the Lake. Ramoji Filmcity is at a distance of around 32 kilometers from this Lake.