Hussain Sagar Lake is considered to be one of the largest man-made lakes in the country. The lake is shaped like a heart and circumvented by open spaces on all its four sides. It has been built on a tributary of Musi river and connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake is a hub for water sports, including parasailing, kayaking, pedal boat rides, canoeing, jet skiing, boating, yachting, catamaran rides and even luxury cruises. The annual regatta (boat race), which is an annual affair, draws professional contestants from all over the world. If you want to try your hand at sailing, choose from the several short-term courses offered by the Yacht Club of India at the lake. If you are not into water sports, you can opt for a pleasant boat ride around the lake. Regular boats make a 30-minute return trip to Lord Buddha's statue from both Eat Street and the popular Lumbini Park, situated on the edge of the lake. Or you can sit by the lake, colourful sails bobbing on its blue water and watch the city of Hyderabad go past. The lake was built by sufi saint Hussain Shah during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562 AD. It was made to meet the drinking water and irrigation requirements of the city. It was also the site of the historical treaty between the Mughals and the Golconda rulers, and is sometimes referred to as Tank Bund by locals as a bund (dam) was constructed here in the 1990s.

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