21 Things To Do at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

Have you ever visited Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh? We are sure that you might have! And we are also sure that you might have missed out on many or maybe a few of these awesome things to do at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh. People think that going to the lake is just about boating or maybe a walk. Folks, that’s not true. Check out this compilation and see how many of these things have you actually done on your visit to Sukhna Lake and you’ll know what to do on your next visit!

1) Boating at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh

Boating at Sukhna Lake

We had to start the list by the number 1 activity – Boating at Sukhna Lake. 2 types of peddle boats are available – 2 seater boats and 4 seater boats. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory. The charges for both these boats are different. There is a separate ticket counter from where you have to purchase the tickets in advance. You can opt for a 30 minute or a 1 hour session. The boating charges at Sukhna Lake are very nominal.

2) Go for a Shikara Ride

Go for a Shikara ride at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

In Kashmir, Dal lake is famous for Shikaras. But now Chandigarh administration has added Shikaras to its boat fleet for Sukhna Lake. The charges of a Shikara are more as compared to paddle boat but if you love being driven by a professional in the traditional Shikara, then go for it!

3) Watch Le Carbouseur Sketches

Get yourself clicked over here

If you are a true Chandigarhian, you might be knowing about Le Corbusier. Have you seen these sketches made by him? If you are still wondering where they are – look around to find them on your next visit and get clicked in front of these sketches.

4) Get a Portrait Made


Tourists who visit Sukhna Lake Chandigarh often get a portrait made. You’ll find portrait artists sitting in the front area of the lake who make live sketches. Get a sketch made by them and carry memories of the city Chandigarh wherever you go. The charges for making a live sketch are Rs. 200 to Rs. 500.

5) Eat at the CITCO Cafeteria

Sit on these chairs which are so heavy to drag

This is the CITCO cafeteria at Sukhna Lake. There is an indoor restaurant too but people prefer sitting outside to enjoy the view. The white tables and chairs are really heavy. Have you tried to drag them? If not, try it on your next visit. They depict the heritage of the city Chandigarh.

6) Peep in the souvenir Shop

Souvenir Shop at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

This souvenir shop is managed by Chandigarh Administration and you can find some good gift items relating to the city Chandigarh from here. have you been inside this shop? If not then go inside and have a look at the things displayed.

7) Ride the bull

Bull Ride at Sukhna Lake

We are sure you might not have tried this. Well, if you love adventure and are ready to take the challenge, go for it. Sit on the bull, hold its horns and controll it if you can! I am sure you’ll be thrown away by the bull. But don’t worry, you’ll not get hurt.

8) Go for a camel ride

Camel ride in Chandigarh

This camel is always standin outside the Lake near parking area. So a ride on the camel can be enjoyed on the city roads.

9) Get clicked with the Chandigarh Peace Symbol

Chandigarh peace Symbol at Sukhna Lake

It says – Chandigarh the city of peace. Whenever you visit it, you’ll find people sitting inside the Chandigarh symbol to get clicked. Well, your visit to Chandigarh cannot be considered  complete if you haven’t clicked a selfie with the open hand symbol.

10) Visit Suicide Point

Suicide Point at Sukhna Lake

This tower basically measures the water level in Sukhna Lake. Many years back, people used to climb up the tower and jump into the lake to commit suicide. There have been many suicide cases from this tower and hence it got its name as Suicide tower. Now the tower has been closed permanently and no one can enter it. But it is still a famous spot to click photographs.

11) Get clicked with the Peepal tree

Suicide Point at Sukhna Lake
The peepal tree at Sukhna Lake

This peepal tree at Sukhna lake, Chandigarh is said to be the oldest tree of the city. It stands there even before the city of Chandigarh was developed.

12) Walk or jog on the jogging track

Jogging Track on the side of the main path

Chandigarhians love to be fit and you’ll find this statement to be true if you visit Sukhna lake early morning or in the evening. You’ll find men and women of all age groups walking or jogging on this track. This jogging track has been specially developed on the right side of the main path.

13) Climb the tower stairs to get a golf course view from the top

Have a view of the golf course from the top

These stairs lead to the top of a tower from where you can have a wonderful view of the green golf course. Have you ever gone up the stairs? If not then don’t miss it the next time you visit Sukhna Lake. You’ll find this tower on the right hand side of the main walking path near the starting point of jogging track.

14) View sunrise at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh

Watch the sunrise at Sukhna Lake

If you cannot wake up early in the morning then this one is not for you and if you are found of watching the sun rise, then you just cannot afford to miss this view whenever you are in Chandigarh. You’ll find a lot of people at Sukhna lake early in the morning during the sunrise. Yoga classes, laughter clubs, visitors, morning walkers, joggers, fitness freaks, old couples and many more. Wake up early for just one day and go to Sukhna lake. You’ll feel how peaceful and beautiful your city Chandigarh is in actual.

15) Sit on the stairs

Sit on the stairs close to water

You’ll love going down the stairs and sitting there. Ducks might come close to you. You’ll feel the water waves striking the stairs. Keep extra care of kids and children if you take them near water.

16) Feed the ducks

Feed the ducks

Ducks and swans are a common sight at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh. if you are lucky, you might get to see them from close enough. If you are tempted to feed them, then make sure you give them bread , popcorn or grains. Tough feeding ducks is banned but try giving them your food when they come close to you.

17) View the sunset from these huts

View the sunset at Sukhna Lake

To view the sunset, you’ll have to go to the other end of the lake. Sunrise is best viewed from the start point ans sunset is best viewed from the end point of the lake.

18) Sit on the rock wall facing Sukhna Lake

Sit facing Sukhna Lake and relax

You will easily get tired if you walk around Sukhna Lake. This short wall made of rocks runs from the start till the end of Sukhna lake shore. Find a calm place and sit on it facing the water.

19) Climb stairs from the back side of the lake

You’ll have to climb these stairs to reach Sukhna lake from the back side

These stairs are present at 5 locations on the back side of the lake. One has to climb up all these stairs to reach the lake from the back side. It saves you a of walking distance if you want to visit the end of the lake.

20) Visit Garden Of Silence (Buddha Peace Park)

Garden of Silence at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

Garden of silence is situated towards the other end of the Sukhna Lake. It is also called as Buddha peace park. There is a different road which leeds to this marvel from the back side of the lake. If you wish to see it by foot then you’ll have to walk 3.5 kilometers along the Sukhna shore, which is not that easy.

21) See the Sukhna Water Regulator (Dam)

See the Sukhna Lake Regulator Dam

There is a water regulator build on the Sukhna Lake to control the water level in the lake. This dam is built on the other end of the lake near the Garden of Silence. The gates of the dam remain closed and are opened in the rainy season if the water level in the lake rises above the danger mark.

So, now you know all 21 things to do at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh and you have also seen all the pictures. Here’s a bonus picture on reaching the end of this post.

Enjoy the aerial view of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh.

An aerial view of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

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Ajay Deep

Ajay Deep is a young enthusiast who Loves Chandigarh and is always eager to make this beautiful city even more beautiful. A Mechanical Engineer By Chance and Working in an IT MNC by Choice. A Writer, Photographer and a Budding Entrepreneur. A Designer, Developer and Digital Marketing Expert. In brief : A Jack of All Trades and Master of Few :) You may reach Ajay Deep at ajay@chandigarhmetro.com
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