Planning to take a break from your hectic work schedule and looking forward to doing something quiet and relaxing this weekend? Head right away to Sukhna Lake!
A casual stroll around the lake is enough to make you feel relaxed. The place has something divine about itself and has successfully been captivating the attention of tourists and visitors over the years. A great place to visit during cool summer evenings, it has something for everyone.
Sukhna Lake is located in Sector 6, near Punjab Raj Bhawan and Uttar Marg. The lake has an interesting history and is a result of the joint efforts of Le Corbusier and the chief engineer PL Verma.
It is a visual delicacy spread across an area of 3 km². It was forbidden for motor boats to preserve its tranquility and is fringed by a golf course to the south, and Nek Chand’s famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh to its west.
The lake is a powerhouse of activity and is one of the most happening places in Chandigarh. It has something to offer to everyone and has been attracting a lot of tourists and locals ever since its inception.
As a tourist destination, Sukhna Lake is one of the most sought-after places. A brief walk along the bank of the lake is the best remedy for stress. The serene ambiance coupled with the harmonious chirping of birds in the backdrop relaxes the mind and takes you to another world. The spot is perfect for a deep introspection and thought.
Some Water Fun
Being the longest channel for rowing in Asia, water activities like boating, yachting, etc. are organized here with great enthusiasm. The lake is open to boating every day from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Although tourists keep pouring in throughout the year, January to April and August to December are the peak activity months. Besides, it is quite a cost-effective entertainment option, with nominal costs being charged for boating and other fun water activities.
For Fitness Freaks
Another added attraction is the amazing jogging track running along the periphery of Sukhna Lake. The path has been customized for jogging especially with points being marked after every 100 meters, so as to help you keep a track of it. Highly motivated people can be seen jogging on the periphery of the lake every day.
You can also find an amazing workstation at the finishing point of the track. The huge running track offers a great opportunity for a quick running session early morning or evening. Home to a variety of beautiful migratory birds, you can spot a lot of them while working out.
The track is located on the right side of the main path so that you can enjoy the exquisite view of the Lake. The picturesque place indeed provides an amazing atmosphere to the mind as well as the body.
The Garden Of Silence
If you are visiting Sukhna Lake, it would be stupid to miss the Garden of Silence. It has a huge statue of Lord Buddha right at its center. The place is at its best during the early morning hours but is not recommended much during weekends as it is highly crowded.
It is located at the end of the lake and is an ideal place where you can chill after a strenuous workout at the lakeside. You can easily reach the garden strolling along the lake and pay a visit to the dam built near the garden, in the process.
Some Memories Worth Carrying Along
Another interesting activity to do at the lake is to get a portrait designed especially for yourself. It is one of the prime tourist activities at the lake. You can easily spot a lot of portrait artists near the lake expert at the job.
They usually charge anything between INR 200 to INR 500 for giving you something worth cherishing for a lifetime. Absolutely worth it!
Sukhna is at its best during early mornings and late evenings. The place is a photographer’s heaven, with scenic sunrise and sunset views. Adding to it, you may get enrolled in seasonal yoga classes and laughter clubs at the lake.
The Lake Club
The Lake Club offers an exciting gym membership with a lot of perks, indoor games, swimming opportunities, tennis courts, and many more. If you enjoy water sports, the place is a must-visit for you.
You can be a part of boating, rowing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing and much more! The lake also hosts some festive celebrations for which you need to plan your visit according to a schedule.
With no entry fee, you can visit this exuberant place every day from 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM