Built By : Le Corbusier, P.L. Varma
Feature : Man Made
Venue for : Mango Festival
manmade picturesque Sukhna lake in the foothills of Shivalik range
is an idyllic place for quiet communion with nature and for offering
water sports activities such as boating, yachting, water skiing,
etc. The creation of Lake was one of the greatest gifts from Le
Corbusier and P. L. Varma, the Chief Engineer. To preserve its tranquility
Corbusier insisted that it be forbidden to motor boats and the top
of the promenade prohibited to vehicular traffic.
roof of the elegantly landscaped dam has become a favourite promenade.
Serious 'walkers' pursue an exercise regime, families enjoy an evening
stroll and nature lovers mingle with children on roller skates,
to partake of this extraordinary amenity.
Photographers and painters love to capture its scenic beauty of
the setting sun, or the heavily clouded monsoon sky, or the early
morning mist in winter set amidst the tranquility of the lake. Even
anglers do not leave unrewarded.
evenings see Sukhna again coming alive with tourists, and families
thronging the promenade, the Chef Lakeview, Citco's fast food joint,
shops and of course the jetty for a boat ride. For children there
are a number of joy rides and a mini train. As night descends, the
lights from the hill resort of Kasauli reflect in the lake and present
a bewitching sight.
Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian
duck, Storks and Cranes, during the winter months. The Lake has
been declared as a protected national wetland by the Government
Sukhna Lake has played host to many festive celebrations too. The
most popular is the Mango Festival held during the monsoons when
scores of varieties of mangoes are on display. From time-to-time
other food festivals, featuring specialities from different Indian
States, are also held here, alongwith cultural performances.
Lake, which was the venue for the Asian Rowing Championships, has
the longest channel for rowing and yachting events in Asia. It also
has facilities for other water sports like water surfing, skiing
To Get There
Chandigarh is linked to Delhi by twice weekly (Wednesday and
Friday ). Indian Airlines flights from Delhi and to Amritsar. The
airport is 11kms from downtown. Taxis are available for airport
Chandigarh is linked with its principal gateway city, Delhi.
Chandigarh is well connected by road and buses provide an important
transport link. There are services from various states such as-
Haryana. Punjab, Himachal, Delhi and Chandigarh.