Nestled at the foothills of Shivaliks, Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake set amid the picturesque surroundings of Chandigarh. Stretching for a distance of 3 kilometers, the Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake and is one of its kind in the city created in the year 1958 by damming the seasonal stream, Sukhna Choe that comes down from Shivalik Hills. With its pristine blue water, the lake serves as a perfect location for a stream of morning joggers and walkers who can also enjoy the fresh air.
Apart from serving as a delight for artists and photographers, the lake is also a spot for sports activities such as boating, trampoline jumping and a recent addition of Solar Cruise. It is home to several species of fishes and migratory birds such as Siberian ducks and cranes. Being the home to several varieties of fishes and migratory birds, Sukhna Lake has been declared by the Government of India as a reserved national wetland. Bounded by a golf course on the south and popular Rose Garden towards west, the lake offers a mesmerizing view for its visitors at all time of the day. Sukhna Lake is quite popular amid the locals and visitors, the place is a perfect destination for solitude seekers.
The months from August to October is the best time to visit this destination when the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.
Suggested duration:1-2 hours.
Open and Closing Time
Visiting Time: 5 am to 9 pm (All days of the week)
For Adults- Fee Entry
For Foreign –Fee Entry
cost for boating at Sukhna Lake
Cost per head: INR 100 each for four
INR 50 each for two
Near By Attraction
forest for tourist trekking.
Government Museum and Art Gallery
Hotels available near by Sukhna Lake
A distance between Sukhna Lake Chandigarh and Chandigarh Railway Station is 4.3 miles or 3.8 nautical miles
A distance between Chandigarh Bus Stand and Sukhna Lake is 3.1 miles or 2.7 nautical miles
Application Availability Which Saves Some Money
Zomato, Swiggy(Provide lip-smacking food at a cheap price).
Uber, Ola(Provide 24/7 Cab Services).
Interesting facts about Sukhna Lake
We had to start the list by the number 1 activity – Boating at Sukhna Lake. 2 types of peddle boats are available – 2 seater boats and 4 seater boats. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory. The charges for both these boats are different. There is a separate ticket counter from where you have to purchase the tickets in advance. You can opt for a 30 minute or a 1-hour session. The boating charges at Sukhna Lake are very nominal.
Tourists who visit Sukhna Lake Chandigarh often get a portrait made. You’ll find portrait artists sitting in the front area of the lake who make live sketches. Get a sketch made by them and carry memories of the city Chandigarh wherever you go. The charges for making a live sketch are Rs. 200 to Rs. 500.
We are sure you might not have tried this. Well, if you love adventure and are ready to take the challenge, go for it. Sit on the bull, holding its horns and control it if you can! I am sure you’ll be thrown away by the bull. But don’t worry, you’ll not get hurt.
This camel is always standing outside the Lake near the parking area. So a ride on the camel can be enjoyed on the city roads.
This tower basically measures the water level in Sukhna Lake. Many years back, people used to climb up the tower and jump into the lake to commit suicide. There have been many suicide cases from this tower and hence it got its name as Suicide tower. Now the tower has been closed permanently and no one can enter it. But it is still a famous spot to click photographs.