The district was situated between 77° 30' and 79° 30'E, of the eastern longitudes and 16° 30' and 18° 20'N, of northern latitudes. The boundaries of Rangareddy district are Nalgonda district, Mahabubnagar district, Karnataka state and Medak district in the East, South, West and North directions respectively.
The district has population of 52,96,741 as per the 2011 census which accounts for 15.05% of the total population of the State with 48.16% decadal growth and 70.21% is urban as per the 2011 census. The district encircles the city and district of Hyderabad, and the city of Hyderabad also serves as the administrative centre of the district.
Ananthagiri Hills is located 10 km from Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India. The hills are the main water source for Osmansagar and Himayathsagar. It is considered as one of the dense forests in Telangana region. Ananthagiri has a famous temple located in this forested region, which is also the birthplace of Musi River. It is situated at a distance of about 90 km from Hyderabad City and a popular destination for trekking and for those who love adventure. It is also considered one of the earliest human habitat areas in South India. Ancient caves, medieval fort like structures and ancient temple shows the history of the area.
It is a much sought after place, which is covered, by red soil and ideal for some adventure sports. Visitors rate it as one of most beautiful places for a weekend get away from Hyderabad. The road is in good condition, which takes you into the dense forests with beautiful trees and streams all along the way.
Osmansagar, also called Gandipet, is an excellent picnic spot located on outskirts of Hyderabad. Osmansagar is among the two lakes located on the city’s periphery region supplying drinking water to the city. Osmansagar is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad.
The lake is a man made reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Isa, a tributary of Musi River. The lake has an abutting bund with lush gardens, which provide an ideal ambience for an outing. The lake also houses a heritage building, Sagar Mahal, which was built as a resort by the Hyderabad Nizam and has been transformed into a lake resort by the department of Tourism.
The Mrugavani National Park
The Mrugavani National Park in the state capital is an example of a beautiful national park turned major tourist attraction. What is most exciting is that in a land layered with exotic and immense natural resources like in India, it sure is a great achievement. The Mrugavani National Park, located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, is at a distance of about 25 kms from Hyderabad.
The National Park is spread over 3.5 sq kms of pure, untamed land. The Indian government announced it a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1994 and since then, the park has been home to some 600 species of plants and animals. Like in the case of most national parks, even the Mrugavani national park has had least human intervention and interaction in order to make sure that all the precious creatures remain undisturbed in their cozy natural habitat.
The construction of reservoir on Esi a tributary of Musi River was completed in 1927, for providing drinking water source for Hyderabad and saving the city from floods, which Hyderabad suffered in 1908. It was built during the reign of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Nizam VII and so it is named after his youngest son Himayat Ali Khan.
The Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar reservoirs provided continuous water supply to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad until recently. Due to population growth it was not sufficient for water supply to Hyderabad city. The engineer at the time of construction was late Khaja Mohinuddin S/O Mohammed Hussein, Madri.
The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park
The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park located in Hyderabad is one such great attraction. The wildlife park, named after the holy saint of the Jains, Lord Mahavir, is located in Vanasthalipuram, which is a residential suburb about 15 kms from the main city. It is particularly known for being a home for endangered animal species, Black Buck deer. The deer, which is also known as Krishna Jinka in the local language, is also the most hunted animal in all of India in the 18th and 19th centuries. The other animals found here are cheetahs, wild board, porcupines, monitor lizards, and several varieties of snakes.
Visitors can see the animals through sheds and viewing towers. The government has also introduced van safaris to take the visitors on a ride within the park to watch the animals closely.
Chilkur Balaji Temple
Chilkur Balaji Temple popularly known as Visa Balaji Temple or Visa God is an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Balaji on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake near Hyderabad, India. It is 17 km from Mehedipatnam. It is one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad built during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas.
The shrine is instrumental for the temples popularity as Visa God. This temple does not accept any money, does not have a hundi, from the devotees, no green channel or privileges for VVIPs.
Durgam Cheruvu is another significant lake of the Rangareddy District. This lake is the most unspoilt and the quietest one in the region.
Its surroundings include unique rock mounds, whose presence here marks the boundaries of the plateau of this lake