Sukhna Lake – The Only Waterbody Of Chandigarh


Sukhna Lake is the only prominent water body in the city of Chandigarh. It is the go-to place for both locals and visitors. For the abundant nature that it offers within the city limits. In the mornings and evenings, you can see the city people walking along the lake.

Boating in Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Boating in Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

During the day, you can see visitors sitting by the lake and enjoying various activities here. You can do boating, admire the sails, look at the oldest tree now called the heritage tree of the city, and do shopping at souvenir shops. Enjoy the coffee at its coffee shop.

Sukhna Lake - Popular outing at Chandigarh
Popular outing at Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake – Places to visit in Chandigarh

Giant tree on the banks of Sukhna Lake
A giant tree on the banks

Shivalik hills form the backdrop of the lake reminding you that you are in the foothills of the Himalayas. At the back of the Lake, there is a wetland where you can meet lots of migratory birds. The lake area has been extended lately and the walking track around it is almost 2.2 km with periodic markings. As you walk you can see many couples enjoying their companionship by the lake. Many tourists sit with their luggage and soak in the environment. And loners contemplate as if there is no one around.

Garden of Silence

Garden of Silence at the campus
Garden of Silence at the campus

The Garden of Silence is a new development around the lake. It is a designed garden with stepped layers around the statue of Buddha in a meditative pose. I was there around 9:00 AM and it was almost deserted. But I was told that early morning you can find it full of people doing yoga and meditation. And the place is absolutely silent even then.


Open Hand Insignia

There are many plants along the lake that you can admire. What stands out in my memory is the huge steel sculpture with the insignia of the city – open hand. Declaring it as a city of peace. Now I have not seen well-maintained public installations in many places in the country. You can also rent a bicycle from Lake to go around the city – which continues to be cycle-friendly as ever.

Open Hand - the Logo of Chandigarh
Open Hand – the Logo of Chandigarh

Childhood Memories of the Sukhna Lake

My childhood memories of this lake include Shram Daan or public service at the lake every year. This is a man-made lake that was made along with the city. It used to get silt that had to be removed every year. As school kids, we used to go every year, stand on the bed of the lake and remove the silt. And not just us, everyone used to go and contribute to this effort. To my mind, it remains the best example of public participation in maintaining a public place. People used to feel proud of doing their bit to clean the lake. And newspapers used to publish pictures of people doing Shram Daan every day till it was on.

The tourism officer informed me that lately that tradition has been stopped as the lake has been extended and silting has been controlled. Whatever little needs to be done is mechanized now. He also felt that youngsters these days are not too motivated to do hard labor.

Do visit this bundle of nature as and when you are in the city.


Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake in Chandigarh, India. It is located at the foothills of the Shivalik Hills and is about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) long and 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) wide. This lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream.

It is home to a variety of plants and animals, including several species of migratory birds.

Things you can do at Sukhna Lake:

  • Boating: There are several types of boats available for rent, including paddle boats, row boats, and motor boats.
  • Rowing: There is a rowing club on the lake, and you can rent rowing boats or join a rowing class.
  • Fishing: There are a variety of fish species in the lake, including catfish, carp, and tilapia.
  • Take a walk or bike ride: There is a paved walkway around the lake, and it is a popular spot for walking, jogging, and biking.
  • Visit the Rock Garden: The Rock Garden is a unique garden of sculptures made from industrial waste. It is located near Sukhna Lake, and it is a popular tourist destination.
  • Have a picnic: There are several parks and gardens along the shores of the lake, and they are popular spots for picnics.

It is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and it is a must-visit for anyone visiting Chandigarh.

Additional facts about the lake:

  • Name “Sukhna” means “wish-fulfilled” in Sanskrit.
  • Lake is fed by the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream.
  • Lake has a maximum depth of 16 feet (4.9 meters).
  • It is a source of drinking water for Chandigarh.
  • It is a protected national wetland.

Recommend you to read the following Places to visit in Chandigarh and nearby.

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden

History and Nature Trails in Ropar

Homage to the Creator of Chandigarh – Le Corbusier Center

Apple Out to Prosperity – Story of Himachal Apple

First Thoughts on Himachal Odyssey

Patiala Heritage Walk – Discovering the Royal City of Punjab

Places to visit in Patiala, Punjab

Top 15 Punjab Souvenirs to buy – Shopping in Amritsar, Patiala

Sangrur Heritage Trail – The erstwhile capital of Jind State


  1. Very informative Article. Thanks for sharing such great views on Chandigarh Lake. I have been living in Chandigarh for last 27 years.

  2. wow! Nice, I had also visit Chandigarh just last weekend. It was an awesome experience really, I enjoyed a lot here. I enjoyed boating a lot. I had done full “Mja and Masti” here.
    Thanks for posting this article.

  3. I remember those day when we were doing jobs in Chandigarh and come to see sukhana lake and rock garden for meetup with friends…

  4. This post beautifully captures the essence of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, the only prominent water body in the city. The author has vividly described the various activities and attractions that the lake offers, from boating and admiring the sails to walking along the 2.2 km track and soaking in the serene environment. The addition of the Garden of Silence, a new development, adds to the charm of the place. The author’s childhood memories of contributing to the lake’s upkeep through public service add a personal touch to the post. Overall, this post is informative and well-written, making Sukhna Lake a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Chandigarh.


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