Sukhna Lake

The 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. Sukhna is an inseparable part of the City. Serious ‘walkers’ pursue an exercise regime, families enjoy an evening stroll, and painters and nature lovers mingle with children on roller skates to partake of this extraordinary amenity. Photographers and painters love to capture the 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 un-rewarded. The curvilinear profile of the promenade along the banks of Sukhna hums with activity from dawn to dusk, reflecting changing moods of the day. As the golden hue of the dawn shimmers through its placid waters, a stream of joggers hurry along to savor the fresh morning air. Others amble on the dew-wet grass, children frolic around, while a few others find time to meditate in tranquility. In the mornings and evenings one can hear the melodious strains of flute or classical rendering by famous musicians on its banks. As the golden orb emerges brightly from the Shivallik hill range, the morning crowd recedes… And groups of students arrive to browse through their books under the shady trees. The afternoon attracts families on picnic and a siesta to complete their foray into the lap of nature. The evenings see Sukhna again coming alive with tourists, and families thronging the promenade, the Chef Lakeview, the fast food cafeteria, 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, lights from the hill resort of Kasaulli reflect in the lake and present a bewitching sight. And of course, Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberia duck, storks and cranes, during the winter months.

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