Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, is a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas. This 3 km² rain-fed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. The lake was created by Le Corbusier (a Swiss-French architect and designer) and Chief Engineer P L Verma.
The city planners were deeply attached to the lake. So much so that Pierre Jeanneret’s (a Swiss architect) ashes were immersed in the lake in 1970 at his niece’s request.
The lake is enclosed by a golf course on the south and the famous Rose Garden on its western end. The Sukhna Lake is also the habitat of a number of fishes and migratory birds like cranes and Siberian ducks. It has also been declared a reserved national wetland by the Government of India. The promenade on the shores of the lake is often crowded by a stream of joggers and walkers who come there to relish the fresh morning air.
At Sukhna lake, sunrise and sunset are the most beautiful scenes to watch. The scenic beauty of the lake serves as a true delight for the photographers and artists who love to capture the mesmerizing view.
Sukhna Lake Chandigarh also has a membership-based Lake Club with lawns, a gym, indoor games, a 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.
Timings to visit the lake are 5 AM to 9 PM (All weekdays).