On January 2nd 2009, I got the chance to visit Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. I had gone there earlier also but this time I had my camera with me and could click some photographs of ducks.
Sukhna Lake is one of the most sought and visited places in Chandigarh as it offers a lot of recreational opportunities and activities along with some stuff for pure fun. Children find it particularly attractive, as lots of activities have been put on functional mode including swings, electric rails, etc.
Sukhna Lake is a manmade lake and lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. Sukhna Lake is 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958. The building of Sukhna Lake was achieved by damming the Sukhna Choe, which is a sort of seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills.
Some activities you can do at Sukhna Lake:
- Getting a pencil sketch made
- Enjoying Ducks
- Bird Watching during winters
Sukhna has a membership-based Lake Club with lawns, a gym, indoor games, swimming pool and tennis courts with both synthetic and grass courts. Boating, rowing, sculling, sailing, kayaking and water skiing can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The lake, which was the venue for the Asian Rowing Championships, has the longest channel for rowing and yachting events in Asia. It also has facilities for other water sports like water surfing, skiing and skulling. Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes, during the winter months. The lake has been declared as a protected national wetland by the Government of India. During summers, there are streams of men, women and children from all walks of life offering voluntary service to desilt the lake bed for about three months. This annual ritual has been a regular feature since long ago.
I had a very good time being there and enjoyed my time clicking photographs. If you happen to be in Chandigarh, you should surely not miss visiting Sukhna Lake by any chance.