(Last Updated on : 05-03-2012)
Osman Sagar is an artificial lake in the Indian province of Hyderabad. It is popularly known as Gandipet and the lake is around 46 km² with the reservoir encompassing an area of 29 km². Osman sagar was created in 1920 by damming the Musi River, for providing drinking water to the inhabitants of Hyderabad and also saving the city from floods. During the reign of The Last Nizam of Hyderabad or Osman, Hyderabad experienced a devastating flood that led to emergence of this dam and hence the name.
A princely guesthouse called the Sagar Mahal was built as a summer resort of the last Nizam. This guesthouse overlooks a beautiful lake and is considered as a heritage building now. Sagar Mahal is located on the banks of the Musi River and very close to the Osman Sagar Dam. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department is in charge of the Dam and its surroundings.
Osman Sagar Dam mainly serves the city as one of its drinking water sources. The Osman Sagar Dam in Hyderabad is one of the tourists' spots, where one can enjoy the pleasant and cool breeze of the lake and the serene, green loops. Especially, during the rainy season when the reservoir is full, and its parks, resorts, amusement park are visited by hundreds of tourists. Lake Himayat Sagar is another prime spot of tourism nearby.
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