Today in this blog I am going to tell you about the famous Sukhna lake Chandigarh- ‘The City Beautiful. It is one of the most beautiful places in Chandigarh. Sukhna lake is a nice place to spend time alone, with family or friends. Whenever I come to Sukhna Lake with my family or friends, I spend quality time at the lake. Shukhna lake is located in the low foothills of Shivalik hills. Moreover, this lake is spread over 3 km. Sukhna Lake Chandigarh is a man-made lake. It was created by Le Corbusier and PL Varma in 1958.
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Sukhna lake timings
Firstly, Sukhna lake is open from 5 am to 9 pm. Obviously, I go there with my family on weekends. During the day I could see visitors sitting by the lake and enjoying various activities here. Moreover, boating time is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Secondly, Let me tell you that there is no entry fee, after that if you want to go boating or drink some food, then you will have to go to the counter and get a card made, which you can use for everything at every shop.
Five Things To Do At Sukhna Lake
Thirdly, There are many activities for people in Sukhna Lake as follow:
Apart from this, Boating is the most exciting thing to do at Sukhna Lake. While You can go for pedal boating, speed boating, shikara ride, as well as even cruising on this lake. There are also different charges for each boat type, which change from season to season depending on the basis of tourist movement. The cruise is a new addition to the boating scene at Sukhna Lake. Boating is an excellent thing to do at this lake.
There is also a famous cafe near the lake known as Citco Cafeteria which has both indoor and outdoor seating. Whenever you can have coffee or tea breakfast with your friends. Even so, It’s a place to dine as well as relax for locals and tourists because the rates are nominal. Moreover, It is the most preferred option for dining or grabbing a quick bite near the lake.
Basically, This souvenir shop has managed by the Chandigarh Administration. The area around the lake also has souvenir shops to buy small curios and make your trip by shopping here. You can grab small toys for kids, key chains, stones, hats, diaries, and many more. Additionally, you can also find stalls selling street food likewise samosas, bread pakoras, and ice cream. however, Shopping here is a great choice for those who are not really interested in boating at Sukhna Lake.
Sit and Relax on the wall
I was tired from walking around Sukhna Lake. I sat on the wall made of rocks along with my family and saw the scene of Sukhna Lake. It is also the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset.
Watch The Sunset
The lake turns absolutely breathtaking during the time of sunrise and sunset when the water mirrors the various hues of the sky and there is mist on the mountains in the backdrop, creating a scene straight out of a painting! On the other hand, you can simply sit on the rock stairs of the lake along with family, friends, or better half, and enjoy the views of the rising or setting sun in peace! However, It is also the top spot to watch the sunrise and sunset in Chandigarh. Most importantly if you are on a full 1-day trip then definitely stay here till sunset because nothing can be better than ending your trip with amazing and unforgettable views of the sunset.
Oldest Tree Of The Sukhna Lake
I saw a big old tree in Sukhna Lake. All the visitors to Sukhna Lake would surely look at the magnificent Peepal Tree, which is about 150 years old. In addition, widespread tree stands along the road are about 250 meters distance from the main entrance of the lake. The site has become a resting point for visitors.
Sukhna lake distance
Sukhna Lake is 12 km from my home. The airport is 11 km away from Sukhana Lake however, Taxis are available for the airport. Chandigarh is not only well connected by rail to the national capital New Delhi but also, to other major cities. The Railway Station is in Sector 17, 8 km from the city center. Chandigarh is well connected by road and there are buses coming from almost every major and small city.
Places to visit near Sukhna lack
To the south of the lake is a golf course and to its west is the famous Rock Garden. Camel rides are also offered to tourists outside the lake, if you have not yet taken a camel ride, then you can also experience a camel ride here. Most importantly if you are on a full 1-day trip then definitely stay here till sunset because nothing can be better than ending your trip with amazing and unforgettable views of the sunset.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Is Chandigarh Sukhna lake open?
Ans. Lake is open from 5 am to 9 pm at night.
Q2. What is the best time to visit Sukhna lake?
Ans. The right time to visit the lake is between January to March and From October to December.
Q3. How many lakes are in Chandigarh?
Ans. However, the fact is that there are 3 lakes in Chandigarh
(i) Sukhna Lake, Sector 1, Chandigarh
(ii) New Lake, Sector 42, Chandigarh
(iii) Dhanas Lake, Chandigarh
Q4. How far is Sukhna lake from the railway station?
Ans. The distance between Chandigarh Railway Station and Sukhna Lake is 4 km. It takes 18 minutes to travel from Railway Station to Sukhna Lake.
Q5. What is the entry fee for Sukhna lake?
Ans. The entry fee to visit Sukhna Lake is Zero. Yes, you need not pay the charges to enjoy the trip. However, if you want to enjoy boating on the lake then you need to pay extra for that.
Q6. Where is located Sukhna Lake?
Ans. Sukhna Lake is located in Sector- 1, Chandigarh, 160001, India.
Q7. Why Sukhna Lake is famous?
Ans. Sukhna Lake is famous for migratory birds like Siberian ducks, Storks & Cranes which come in winter and enhance their natural beauty.
Q8. Is Boating available in Sukhna Lake?
Ans. Obviously yes, Boating is available at Sukhna Lake. Some of the charges of different types of boats are given below:
(i) Charges for Cruise Boat Ticket- Rs 325 per person for half an hour.
(ii) Donut /Photon Boat Ticket- Rs 450 per person for 30 minutes.
(iii) Shikara Boat Ticket Price- Rs 450 for 2 people for 30 minutes.
Q9. Is Sukhna Lake Worth Visiting?
Ans. Sukhna lake is one of the top attraction points in Chandigarh. You can simply hire a cab or can travel by a local bus for reaching there. here you can do a lot of things such as Ride the bull, Go for a Shikara Ride, Boating, Camel ride, as well as many more.