Weather one is in Chandigarh for business purpose or for tourism, a place that he ought to visit is the Sukhna Lake. Obviously those who are in the city for leisure/tour are bound to visit the lake as it is one of the major highlight of Chandigarh tourism, and almost every travel guide in the city has the place in his itinerary. For those, who visit the city for business/work, the lake is a place where they can let go of their work stress and simply relax for few hours. An interesting fact is that the lake is not natural. In fact it is a man-made marvel that lies in the Shivalik Hill range foothills. Though, it is an artificial lake but it is simply one among the most beautiful lakes that has ever been to. Facts state that it was created during 1958 by creating a dam on a river stream that is called as Sukhna Choe. It is from the stream that lake derived its name.
Locals fill the lake and the areas near it every evening. There are walking trails where one will often see young people jogging and old folks walking. Small grassy fields with benches fill the areas around the lake, where locals simply take a relaxing break after a long busy day. As the place is a popular public gathering place, so it becomes a perfect spot for the chaat walas and namkeen walas to add some bucks in their wallet.
A popular belief that goes with the lake is that there was a Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret who developed so much attachment with the lake that in his will, he stated that his ashes are to be immersed in the lake after his death. And, following his will, his wish was fulfilled. The Sukhna Lake is about 3 km long, and also finds fame as being the host for activities like boating, yachting, water skiing, and kayaking etc. The place also has a small beautiful garden that is called as "The Garden of Silence". A fact about the lake that one would like to know, the lake area also plays host to several festivities. Of these, the Mango Festival is the most popular. During the festival which is celebrated in the monsoon season, the place gets adorned by numerous types of mangoes. Locals flock in the counts of thousands to understand and rather primarily to taste the various flavors of mangoes. Just a few kilometers from the lake exists the Rock Garden Chandigarh, which is yet another most popular attraction of Chandigarh.
There also exist a couple of good 3 Star hotels in Chandigarh in the vicinity to Sukhna Lake. Note that Chandigarh gets hot during summers, so it is best to avoid visiting the city in this season. Autumn arrives in mid-August and stays till November. This is the best time for Chandigarh tour. Chandigarh is a major attraction in north India tourism. There is so much to do, so much to learn, and so much to eat! Visit the city for an absolute holiday.
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