Location: Chandigarh, Punjab
The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is not only the first but the best planned city in India. Apart from being the most popular city of North India, this city is also the best example of modernization subsisting with nature. A place where you would see greenery as much as the modernized structures. There are many places to visit in Chandigarh where you can spend time with your family.The planners of the city gifted the city with a beautiful lake for a quiet union with nature. A serene water-body in the foothills of the majestic Shivalik range surrounded by lush greenery- this is what forms the divine landscape of the Sukhna Lake, the most popular tourist attraction of Chandigarh.
Stretching across 3 km, this man-made lake was created in the year 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe stream flowing from the Shivalik hills. The lake is enclosed by a golf course on the south and the famous Rose Garden on its western end. The Sukhna Lake is also the habitat of a number of fishes and migratory birds like cranes and Siberian ducks. It has also been declared as a reserved national wetland by the Government of India. The promenade on the shores of the lake is often crowded by a stream of joggers and walkers who come there to relish the fresh morning air. The scenic beauty of the lake serves as a true delight for the photographers and artists who love to capture the mesmerizing view.
Water-sporting activities like boating, yachting and water-skiing are carried out with absolute zeal and enthusiasm here. The Sukhna lake has the longest channel for rowing and yachting in Asia. The lake also witnesses a number of festivals that are rejoiced by the tourists as well as the denizens. Sukhna also has a membership-based club that offers myriad facilities to its members. This place is the most sought after picnic spot in Chandigarh. Just a small walk at the shores of the lake relaxes the mind and provides immense peace. The picturesque waterfront adorned with the melodious chirp of birds and a serene atmosphere captivates you so much so that you forget the world and rejoice every moment at the lake!
Timings: 5 am to 9 pm (All days of the week)