Shamirpet Deer Park, commonly known as Jawahar Deer Park, is located at Shamirpet in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. It lies to the north from the capital city of Hyderabad. As the name suggests, this park is home to different species of deer. It was built by the Nizams during the 20th century for the protection of deer.
The park is called as Shamirpet Deer Park due to its close vicinity to the Shamirpet Lake, an artificial manmade lake which was constructed around 1960’s. The park is spread over 55 acres and is also home to 15 different species of birds. It also exhibits a Butterfly Park, which is a treat to watch. Chital and Blackbucks are the main residents here and are found in large number. Once a hunting ground for Nizam, this park is now maintained by the Government of Telangana under the supervision of State Forest Department.
There is also an observational tower situated in the park. From there, you can witness the scenic beauty of Shamirpet Lake and if you are lucky, then you can see herd of deer coming out from their hiding places and enjoying a water bath in the lake. During the monsoon, lake usually overflows, flooding the nearby area as well.
There is also a restaurant inside the park which serves food for visitors. There are cottages for lodging built by the State Tourism Board. It is located inside the forest. There is also a small temple dedicated to local deity of Katta Maisamma. Picnics can be also organized with prior permission from the Forest Department in this park. It is undoubtedly the perfect weekend destination in close proximity to Hyderabad.