Hussain Sagar – Heart of the World

Spent the last few days in Hyderabad (India) on some work and also managed to do some sightseeing. Here are some pics of the Hussain Sagar lake clicked from my room. It’s a beautiful and historical, heart-shaped, artificial lake built in 1563 by the then Sultan – Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah to supply water to the city.

I discovered recently that this lake was declared as the “Heart of the World” by UNWTO in 2012 on the occasion of World Tourism Day for being the World’s Largest Heart Shaped Mark; the World’s Heritage Heart shaped Mark; and the World’s Wonderful Heart Shaped Mark on the face of the earth among heart-shaped marks formed by heart-shaped lakes and islands that exist in the world!!!

It undeniably deserves the honour but certainly needs some sprucing up. While it looked beautiful from afar, the lakefront area was smelly, somewhat unpleasant and untidy up-close. I remember that the first time I visited the lake and Tank Bund area (about 25 years ago), it was very pleasant and delightful.

It’s a pity that we’re not maintaining our valuable heritage sites that have been given worldwide recognition 🙁

Also visited the Nizam’s museum and will post some details when I get the time….


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