If there is a name that instantly brings peaceful thoughts to mind, it is that of Gautam Buddha. Lumbini Park in Hyderabad is a place that creates a similar effect on its visitors by transporting them to a state of Zen. This park is spread over a sprawling 75 acres of land and is one of the popular tourist places in Hyderabad both for relaxation and entertainment.
The park was developed by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority in 1994 and is a part of the Buddha Purnima project of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. Lumbini Park was named after the birthplace of Siddharth who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha.
This park was renamed in 2006 as T. Anjaiah Lumbini Park which included the name of T. Anjaiah who was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at that time. However, locals still call it the Lumbini Park, a name that is also popular amongst tourists.
Things to do at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad
One of the highlights of the park is a giant clock at the entrance of the park. This magnificent piece of art has been designed with several vibrant flowering plants. Visitors to the park can see seasonal flowering plants along with multiple varieties of cacti and rocks all over the park.
Lumbini Park is visited not just by adults who love to relax in the laps of nature but also by kids who love the fun rides at the park. For the people of Hyderabad, Lumbini Park is an entertainment park that has everything right form rides and swings for kids to lush green surroundings and a beautiful lake that makes it a perfect tourist spot.
There is a large statue of Lord Buddha at the park with one of his hands raised in a blessing pose. At several locations in the park, there are benches placed where you can sit and enjoy the ethereal beauty of the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Laser show in Lumbini Park Hyderabad
There is a Musical fountain at the park which is an attraction point for the visitors. Its water shoots up in the sky to create a screen on which a 3D light and sound show is projected. The theme of this show is centered on the history of Hyderabad and shows several unknown facets of the city.
3D technology used in this show is completely mesmerizing as an entire city is recreated out of light and water while streams of water dance to the tunes of music. This laser show takes place at the 2.5-acre auditorium inside the park.
Places around Lumbini Park Hyderabad
1. Hussain Sagar Lake and the Buddha Statue
Lumbini Park is situated close to the famous standing statue of Lord Buddha of Hyderabad. Tourists can also visit the Hussain Sagar Lake which is the largest artificial lake in Asia. There is a boating facility available at the lake which takes you to the Buddha Statue right at the center of the lake. This lake has quite a few boating options available for the tourists: the ferry, paddle boat, rowing boat, and speed boat.
If you love the thrill of whizzing over the lake, slashing away jets of water, you can select the speed boat option. You will be given life jackets to wear for safety purposes. The ferry ride is a slower option but one that you can choose if you want to have a serene experience of the lake. You can go to the Buddha statue via the ferry and spend some time enjoying the soft wind that carries with it droplets of water.
Paddle away with your partner in the paddle boat as you see your happy faces in the shimmering water of the lake. If you are a single traveler you can take the rowing boat. The entry fee for boating at Hussain Sagar Lake is INR 500.
2. Necklace Road
Just like Mumbai has its Queens Necklace, Hyderabad has Necklace Road which forms the backdrop of the Hussain Sagar Lake. The best time to relish its beauty is in the evening when you can either drive down there or take a stroll as the lights glisten in the water of the lake and create the effect of a necklace.
Amenities at the park
There are food outlets that serve snacks and beverages, restrooms and fresh drinking water facilities at the park which makes a visit to the park convenient. Outside food and beverages are not allowed inside the park.
Lumbini Park Hyderabad Location
The park is located at Hussain Sagar Lake, opposite the Secretariat New Gate.
Entry Ticket for Lumbini Park
- Adults: INR 20
- Children: INR 10
- Entry ticket for the laser show at the park: INR 50
- You can buy the tickets to the park online also
Lumbini Park in Hyderabad timings
- 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Timing for the Musical fountain at Lumbini Park Hyderabad
- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Timings for Lumbini Park Hyderabad laser show
- The laser show takes place once every evening on weekdays and twice on Saturday and Sunday
- 7:15 PM on weekdays. 7:15 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday
Best time to visit Hyderabad
The best time to visit Lumbini Park is during winters to escape the harsh heat that plagues Hyderabad during summers. November to February is the time when the weather in Hyderabad is pleasant. It is perfect for spending an afternoon enjoying the beauty of the park and enjoying the laser show in the evening.
How to reach Lumbini Park Hyderabad
If you are coming directly from Rajiv Gandhi international airport of Hyderabad which is 32 km from the park, you can take a cab. From the city, you can take a cab or buses that play till the secretariat which is at a 5-minute walking distance from the park.