Amidst the hustle-bustle of chaotic city life, we often crave for tranquil spots to rejuvenate our soul and senses. While most Delhi-ites often look for some sea and sand, did you know that Delhi NCR has some stunning hidden lakes? These are not just a visual treat but also a perfect respite on hot summer days? Scroll down to find out all about these lakes.
1. Okhla Bird Sanctuary Lake, Noida
Okhla Bird Sanctuary Lake is home to some of the most magnificent birds in India. This lake is shelter to more than 300 species of water birds. Now, if you have been longing to rejoice and relax in the lap of nature and just be at peace, head to this gorgeous destination this weekend. Also, the lake is situated within the bird sanctuary and is at the exact spot where the mighty River Yamuna enters Uttar Pradesh. So, most often people confuse this lake to be River Yamuna. This place looks gorgeous at early mornings.
Address: Noida Plaza, N Block, Pocket K, Sector 95, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301
Hours: 7 am to 7:30 pm
2. Peacock Lake, Faridabad
Also known as the Surajkund Lake, the Peacock Lake has a lot of ancient history attached to it. They say, this used to be a water tank (reservoir) and right next to this body there is an amphitheatre shaped like a half-moon. You will also witness the ruins of a sun temple on the western ghats of the lake. Now, this was all built back in the 10th century by King Surajpal of Tomar dynasty, who incidentally happened to be a worshiper of the Sun God.
This lake attracts thousands of visitors every year who often come for relaxed picnics, photography or just to unwind amidst so much serenity. The view from here is quite spectacular as you can see the Aravalli Hills contouring the outskirts. Also, this is where the famous Surajkund Mela is held every year in the first week of February.
Address: Peacock Lake, Lakewood City, Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana 121009
Hours: any time before sunset
3. Old Fort Lake, Pragati Maidan
Also, lovingly known as the Purana Quila Lake, the Old Fort Lake flows silently near the foot of a hill located a couple of kilometres’ south-east of India Gate, and a few kilometres north of Humayun’s Tumb with Purana Quila as the milieu standing magnificently amidst the greenery. Go to this lake if you have been longing to try boating. Also, Delhi Tourism organises light shows for visitors from 1200 hrs to 1900 hrs between April and September and from 1100 hrs to 1800 hrs between October and March.
Address: Mathura Rd, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110002
Hours: 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
4. Sultanpur Lake, Gurgaon
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary houses over 250 species of birds and many more gorgeous migratory birds that often settle on the waterside to outlive winter months. This hidden gem is a perfect spot for nature photography. Now, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit this lake for spectacular bird watching experiences. Also, at a few kilometres from Gurgaon, the Sultanpur Lake is a perfect getaway destination on weekends.
Address: Gurgaon Farukh Nagar Road, Sultanpur, Gurgaon, Haryana 122006
Hours: 07:00 am to 04:30 pm
5. Damdama Lake, Sohna
About 45 minutes’ drive from Gurgaon, the Damdama Lake is where fabulous weekend get-togethers take place. This is a very popular spot amongst Delhi-ites who want to enjoy hassle-free weekends amidst nature with friends and family. Quiet and away from the madness of the state capital, this lake is one of the largest natural lakes flowing with Aravalli Hills in the backdrop. It is a perfect location for boating, rock climbing and other fun activities.
Also read: Quick Break: 5 One-Day Getaways From Delhi
Address: 45 km from Dhaula Kuan Delhi. Sohna district, Haryana
Hours: 11:00 am to 09:00 pm
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