7 Hidden Lakes Around Delhi You Probably Never Knew Existed


Often at the fringe of a city, we find tranquil spots, unseen and undiscovered by most. Delhi's forgotten outskirts and the adjoining cities are home to some of the most stunning hidden lakes. Here's a list of 8 secret lakes around Delhi to sink your city blues and get that perfect summertime getaway.

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1. Tilyar Lake

Tilyar Lake in the city of Rohtak, Haryana is a serene spot for a quick getaway from Delhi. Around 45 kms from the Delhi Border, Tilyar lake is on one of the most pleasant locations where you can spend the entire day lazing around near the lake. The Tilyar Zoo within the lake complex make it an excellent site for bird watching.

Photo of Tilyar Lake, Rohtak, Haryana, India by Disha Kapkoti

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2. Brahma Sarovar, Thanesar

There's a certain enigma to this hidden spot, at a short 3 hour distance from Delhi, owing to its presence in the Hindu mythology. Brahma Sarovar is said to be the cradle of civilization since it is believed that Kurukshetra is where Brahma created the universe. The lake presents a breathtaking view of deep daan (ceremony of floating lamps) at night which must not be missed.

Photo of Brahma Sarovar, Brahma Sarovar Area, Thanesar, Haryana, India by Disha Kapkoti

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3. Sukhna Lake

At the foothills of the Shivalik Hills, the lake is created by damming the Sukhna Choe. A serene spot to spend quiet evenings, the Sukhna is a sanctuary to exotic migratory birds too. On short trip from Delhi to Chandigarh, Sukhna lake is an ideal spot to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Photo of Sukhna Lake, Sector 1, Chandigarh, India by Disha Kapkoti

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4. Manger Lake Mine

Manger Lake Mine/Bhardwaj Lake or Asola Bhatti Lake is the last surviving remnant of what we know as the Delhi Ridge. At the southernmost corner of Delhi, the lake is at the end of the walking trail in the semi-arid sanctuary. This hidden spot can be approached from Tuglaqabad to Surajkund Road.

Photo of Bhardwaj Lake, Asola, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Tripoto/Prateek Yadav

5. Karna Lake

Located in district Karnal, Karna Lake is a known tourist attraction from where the city derives it name. 'Karna taal' or the Karna Lake is discussed in Indian mythology and folklores time and again. 125kms from Delhi in Uchana, this lake is a perfect spot to move away from the city along the Grand Trunk Road.

Photo of Karna Lake, Karnal, Haryana, India by Disha Kapkoti

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6. Silisreh Lake

From the terrace of Lake palace Silsreh, the calm and quiet environs of the Silsreh lake give a magical view to remember. The site is almost 160kms from Delhi and is placed midst the breathtaking Aravalis. Only 13 kms from Alwar City, it is a convenient stopover if you plan a weekend trip to Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Photo of SiliSerh Lake, Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Disha Kapkoti

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7. Sultanpur Lake

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is inhabited by nearly 250 species of birds and other beautiful migratory birds that perch on the lakeside to pass winters. This hidden lake is a wonderful site for photography enthusiasts and bird watchers. At a short distance of 15kms from Gurgaon, the Sultanpur Lake gives an easy escape from the city humdrum to silently watch the siberian cranes and flamingos.

Photo of Lake Point, Sultanpur, Sultanpur, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh by Disha Kapkoti

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Excellent recommendations of lakes around Delhi. I went to Tilyar lake few years back as part of my college trip. It's a mere 70 kms away from Delhi. The lake was very clean and well maintained. Lot of families visited this place and it seemed like a good spot for family picnics.
Mon 01 11 16, 09:01 · Reply · Report
I did my first photography project at Sultanpur Lake. Our teacher recommended Sultanpur as one of the biggest lakes in Delhi with a bird sanctuary. My photo-shoot comprised of water and birds, a mixture of nature in its purest form. I didn't win the first prize in my project, but that shoot got me an internship at my favorite photography company.
Mon 01 11 16, 05:36 · Reply · Report
I was 14 years old when my dad got posted to Delhi. He was a travel enthusiast and always ensured that we didn't waste our weekend lazying around the house. Instead he took us sightseeing, exploring new places whenever possible. It took us less than a month to see all lakes near Delhi. At that Damdama lake was a hotspot.
Mon 01 11 16, 04:58 · Reply · Report
Hello Disha! Could you please remove Manger Lake Mine from the list of beautiful lakes near Delhi because this is not really so any more now. It is always better to update correct info and I hope you did not mind me correcting you.
Mon 01 11 16, 04:58 · Reply · Report
We accidentally went to Siliserh lake while going to Udaipur from Delhi. This was the first time we were going to Udaipur for a vacation and took the route which was supposed to be shortcut. This route, however, turned out to be the longest route to get to Udaipur but through this long cut, we at least saw the gorgeous Siliserh lake. Now whenever someone asks me to recommend lakes near Delhi, I mention Siliserh Lake.
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