Gandipetor Osman Sagar
Whether it is summer or winter, the one place that is crowded with streaming visitors is Osmansagar, popularly known as Gandipet. It is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad. Mir Osman Ali Khan formed this water body as a result of dam-ming of the river Musi in 1920. The idea was to supply water to Hyderabad. The lake is spread over an area of 46 sq.km. and is the main drinking water for the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunder-abad.
Osmansagar is the picnic place for city people. 20 kilometers long from the city. Very near to this Lake, the great Temple which is called ‘Chilkur balaji Temple’ or according the youngster who visits frequently to get there visa’s with the help of this god. Most of the youngsters believe that there aim is to get true blessing of this god. This god has the name of ‘Visa Balaji’. From all over India so many young visitors visits this place.
Gandipet is the most sought after picnic spot for Hyderabadis. It has been developed as a public recreation area with well-laid out lush green gar-dens and swimming pool. Throughout the year - weekdays or weekends - Gandipet beckons holidaymakers from every nook and corner of the twin cities. Anyone visiting Gandipet is pleased to see a vast stretch of placid water that shimmers golden in the morning sun. The breeze is cool and soothing and the ambience serene. Sprawling lawns with colourful flora and youthful trees towards the lower side of the dam make the place picturesque. The lake offers boating facilities to the visitors who look forward to a pleasant ride. People who come with family and friends to Gandipet spend a whole day amusing them-selves and having a lot of fun. Usually people carry delicious varie-ties of food to Gandipet. They can also buy snacks and drinks from the only cafeteria at the place. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism pro-vides a guesthouse called "Sagar Mahal" which was the summer re-sort of the erstwhile Nizam. It has about ten double rooms. People also visit Gandipet after the rainy season when the reservoir is full. During this period swimming and boating are a common sight.
How to visit this place by bus
Firstly visitors should reach Mehdipatnam from there onwards lot of buses are there to visit this place.
- From Mehdipatnam to this place: 120
- From secunderabad to Mehdipatnam: 5, 5C, 5GP, 5K, 5L, 5M, 5SK, 5MD.
- Nampally to Mehdipatnam: 65, 65K, 65M, 118, 118I, 118T, 119.
- Mahatma Gandhi Bus station to Mehdipatnam: 118I, 65,
- From Jubliee Bus station to Mehdipatnam: 5R.