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Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

·  Summer: March-May (20°C - 42°C)
·  Winter: November-February (2°C - 25°C)
·  Monsoon: June-August

Best time to visit:  September-March

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Sukhna Lake is an artificial lake and a feather in the cap of the City beautiful Chandigarh. City’s chief architect Le Corbusier planned the lake’s construction in 1958 by building a dam to on the seasonal Sukhna Choe descending from the Shivalik Hills of the Himalayas. With a fascinating backdrop of hills and surrounded by lush green forests, the lake is a popular picnic spot in the region.

The nature’s splendour can be enjoyed during sunrise, sunset, mist-covered mornings as well as during monsoons. The dam has emerged as a beautiful promenade which remains busy with activities like leisurely strolls, jogging and exercising and family picnics. The boating facility (available till 06:00 p.m.) is an added attraction and the lake hosts adventures like rowing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and sculling. Lake Club and a variety of food hubs, along with some fun-filled rides for the children, make the place full on entertainment.

Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake Sanctuary and a number of temples in the close proximity are also worth visiting. The lake is also a paradise for the birdwatchers as it attracts Siberian ducks, cranes and storks and is a protected national wetland. Mango Festival and many other festivals and cultural programs are held at the lake round the year.

Road: Chandigarh has excellent road connectivity with Delhi and all popular places of North India. NH 21 and 22 and many state highways lead to the city. State transport buses run from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and other states to the city. Taxis can also be hired for the road trips. Locally, there are popular transport modes like buses, taxis, cabs, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws to reach the lake via well-maintained roads.

Railway: Chandigarh Junction is a busy railhead of North India and is located about 7 km. from the lake. Round-the-clock availability of taxis and auto-rickshaws at the station makes it convenient to reach the lake.

Airway: Only about 11 km. from the lake is Chandigarh Airport with direct flights to Delhi and many other cities. Taxis are available at the airport for travelling to the lake.