If you are among the people who have visited Chandigarh but have not been to Sukhna Lake then I must say that you have not completely enjoyed the city yet. There are many places that are worth visiting in Chandigarh and Sukhna Lake is the first on every list.
Sukhna lake is the major tourist attraction of Chandigarh and is one of the best creations of Le Corbusier vision and the Chief Engineer P.L.Verma back in 1958. This lake is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and is created by diverting the seasonal stream of Sukhna Choe running down the Shivalik mountain ranges.
There are many things that one could enjoy doing in this beautiful location of Sukhna Lake, Sector 1 Chandigarh besides boating and enjoying a stroll.
Let’s begin the list of things to do at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Many people think that the lake is all about boating and taking a walk. What people don’t know is that there are many other things to enjoy here at Sukhna Lake.
Boating at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Well! I know, it is the one obvious thing that most of you must be familiar with. Boating is one of the most loved activities at Sukhna Lake. There are two types of peddle boats available to enjoy boating in Sukhna Lake – one being the 2 seater boats and the second one is the 4 seater boats. One thing is that wearing a life jacket is a must here.
The charges for the boating depends upon the type of boat you wanna take for the ride. There is a separate ticket counter for booking the ticket in advance. You have two options here to choose from. The first one is for 30 minutes and the other is for 1 hour.
One interesting thing is that now, the Chandigarh administration has added the beautiful Shikaras to the boat collection at Sukhna Lake.
Enjoy being Sketched down in a Portrait
Sukhna Lake is one of the best places to see in Chandigarh. Every tourist that visits Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake often gets their portrait made by the trained artists. All you have to do is pick one of the talented artists sitting there to sketch a perfect portrait of you in front of you.
Cost: The cost of the portrait varies between INR 200 to INR 500.
Le Corbusier Sketches
If you are visiting Chandigarh, you might have heard the name Le Corbusier multiple times by now. He is the architect who designed the perfect city, Chandigarh. Sukhna Lake holds beautiful sketched made by Corbusier himself to admire. So, look around and admire his work.
CITCO Cafeteria at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh is the one other place where you want to sit and dine. This restaurant is one of the only places at Sukhna lake where you can grab a bite. Now, honestly, I would say it is not a perfect place to enjoy the meal, but, you can grab a hot steaming cup of coffee in winters and coconut water in summers. Also, as a new addition, there is a new counter of Froyo here so, now you can also taste the delicious Frozen Yogurt.
Souvenir Shop at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Whenever one travels, mostly they collect the souvenirs. Luckily, when you are in Chandigarh, you can actually take a stroll to the Souvenir shop and buy something for yourself and your friends.
Go Rogue and Ride the Bull
Here, at Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake you can actually enjoy the bull ride. This is a lovely challenge and will definitely tickle your adventurous nerve. All you have to do is sit on the bull holding its horn while it tries to drop you. I know it sounds scary but, do not worry, it won’t hurt you even an inch.
Enjoying the Sunrise at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Well, if you are not a morning person, this one is not for you. But if you can wake up early in the morning, you should definitely go for a stroll at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. When I went there in the morning, I was surprised to see a lot of people visiting there and enjoying the first ray of sunshine. Not only this, but in the morning the lake is also filled with fitness freaks and people who enjoy yoga, walking, jogging, and any sort of fitness activity. Even if you are there for just a stroll, you will feel the peace and the nourishing ambiance.
Feed the Ducks
Sukhna Lake is inhabited with the Ducks and the sight of them will definitely bring joy to you. If you are lucky, you can even see them and feed them from close. All you have to take care of is to stick to bread and popcorn when it comes to feeding the ducks. Just to mention, it is illegal to feed the ducks so do not go looking for them.
Garden of Silence
At the end of the jogging track and the walkway, there is a beautiful and peaceful garden of silence sitting for you to rest and meditate. This garden is designed for solitude and peace. The beautiful statue of Buddha sitting in the center of the garden surrounded by the circular stairs makes this garden worth a visit.
Address – Sukhna Lake, Sector 1, Chandigarh, 16001
Timing – Everyday 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
How to reach the beautiful Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh?
There are many ways via which you can reach this beautiful Chandigarh tourist attraction, Sukhna Lake. With Ola and Uber operating in Chandigarh, all you have to do is book a cab to Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, and walla before you know you are there.
Best Time to Visit Sukhna Lake?
Sukhna Lake is open all days of a week and till 9:00 PM. In my advice, it is better to visit the lake in good weather and not during a hot summer day.
Is the Entry to Sukhna Lake free?
Yes, the entry to Sukhna Lake is free, but if you wanna enjoy boating, ride the bull or enjoy any sport there, it will cost you. But luckily all the activities are very reasonably.