Sukhna Lake.

The beautiful Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is a reservoir located at the foot of the Shivalik Hills and covers an area of 3 square km. The seasonal stream of Sukhna Choe that flows down from the Shivalik hills was dammed and this lake was created in the year 1958. 

The blue sky and the views of the Shivalik hills together make it a breathtaking sight. Visitors come here to spend a relaxing time while taking strolls or admiring the tranquil waters of the lake. Locals also come for morning walks and jogs.


Highlights of Sukhna Lake

You can enjoy a range of fun activities with your family when you visit Sukhna Lake. One of the best things to do here is to enjoy a tranquil boat ride, which is something that nearly all tourists do. You can also experience a Shikara ride. 

When you visit this lake, you don’t have to carry a picnic basket with you. There is a cafe known as CITCO located quite close to the lake and you can savour scrumptious delicacies while enjoying the beautiful views of the lake, while your children enjoy a camel ride or jump on a trampoline nearby. 

A cruise that can accommodate 25 people at a time is also available for travellers that can’t get enough of the lake. 


Best time to visit in Sukhna Lake

The best time to visit Chandigarh is during the months of September to November when it has a moderate and pleasant climate, ideal for a city tour. The rains stop by September and there is flourishing greenery all around. 


Interesting facts about the Sukhna Lake

  • It was initially called the Chakraborty Lake, named after Birendra Narayan Chakraborty, the Governor of Haryana.
  • The lake was home to crocodiles earlier but there are none to be seen now.
  • Le Corbusier insisted on forbidding motor boats in the lake as well as vehicular traffic on top of the dam. 


How to reach Sukhna Lake

Chandigarh has an amazing bus service that makes it very convenient to reach Sukhna Lake. Additionally, there are plenty of autos available to take you there.

By air: Chandigarh airport is the nearest to the Sukhna lake and is located at a distance of about 22 kms. The airport connects to major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad etc. and is at a distance of 12 kms from the main city. 

By road: The Chandigarh transport undertaking (CTU) offers excellent bus services within Chandigarh and is the most convenient way to reach Sukhna lake. Chandigarh has an excellent network of roads and NH-5 passes through, it connecting it to some of the major cities.

By Rail: Chandigarh Junction Railway station is the nearest one to Sukhna Lake and connects the rest of the country with its excellent rail services. 

Whether you’re driving through the city during a road trip, or plan to spend a few days here, you just cannot miss out on the opportunity to see Sukhna Lake! 

Check out our travel packages to Chandigarh to enjoy a peaceful brunch by the lake. 

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