Fox Sagar – Lake In Hyderabad With A Curious Name

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Heritage Water Pump House at Fox Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
Heritage Water Pump House

Fox Sagar Lake – This is one of those discoveries that you make by chance. And then you go out and try to find out more information about it. Only to find that there is hardly anything about it in the public domain, though it is pretty popular with the photographers. I must thank Google maps for showing a water body not too far from our home. One day we landed there with our cameras in the hope of finding some birds. We found much more than birds at the lake.

Landscape view of the waterbody in Hyderabad
Landscape view of the waterbody in Hyderabad

Fox Sagar Lake Hyderabad

The Fox Sagar Lake is a relatively large lake and an active hub for fishing. A makeshift shop here has a brisk end-to-end fishing business. A couple of boys go out to the lake and fish and a small shop by the lake sells the fish. The colorful plastic roof of this shop provides the vibrancy to the blue and green landscape. There were many birds on the lake but most of them were way beyond my camera lens.

Fox Sagar Lake pump house equipment
Pumphouse equipment

This lake must have been much bigger originally, and like most urban lakes a lot of its space has been taken by recent construction. A domed structure stands out on the raised side of the lake. I naturally gravitated towards this structure.

Heritage Pump House

I had no idea what this structure could be, my best guess was a watchtower, as there seemed just enough space for that and I could see some people standing around it. I went around and reached the structure to discover that it is a pump house. The more interesting part was the date ascribed to it, 1897 CE and the name Fox Sagar. This structure is approached through an iron bridge. Against the sunset with a backdrop of the lake, the structure looks beautiful.

Fishing boat by the lake
Fishing boat by the lake

I tried to find out more about this structure and lake but all I could find was pictures. Being more than 100 years old, this should be a heritage structure, deserving some conservation efforts and some documentation. I am curious how the name Fox Sagar came about. Was it some British officer by this name or was this area inhabited by the foxes back then? I hope this post reaches the relevant authorities and they act on it. Meanwhile, enjoy photography here.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The fox lake was built by Hyderabad Nawab’s in 1872AD with the help of Britisher’s.

    In those days (18century) this lake was completely surrounded by the forest and huge number of fox’s use to come this lake. So the name is given to the lake as FOX lake.

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