One of the most picturesque spots of Chandigarh is Sukhna Lake. This lake was built in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe. Upon entering the walking trail of this lake one comes across the Le Corbusier's edict, 'The founders of Chandigarh have offered this Chandigarh lake and dam to the citizens of the new city so that they may escape the humdrum of the city life and enjoy the beauty of nature in peace and silence.'
MANY OF us, however, may not know that on the back side of this lake is the forest area where a walking track has been developed recently. This area is lesser known to the residents, the visitors and the tourists visiting the city beautiful.
I happened to visit this wonderful track and found it quite adventurous area on the other side of the lake. On a cozy winter day I experienced the stunning grandeur of Sukhna track. Since the walking track is yet not popular among the residents so I didn’t find anyone else here. While walking through the wonderful nature trails I had a close interaction with variety of birds, insects and reptiles. Chirping of the birds, falling of leaves from the dense trees and passing of mammals created a perfect ambience of a jungle track.
The trail passes through different kinds of trees, shrubs, herbs and variety of climbers. A few trees I could recognize were varieties of Acacia, Dalbergia sisso (Shisham), Neem, Dhak, Kachnar, Amla, Amaltas, Kari patta and Giloe. The thick jungle has plenty of other several herbs and shrubs and other medicinal plants. Among the fauna the forest track is an abode of wide variety of mammals, birds, insects and organisms.
There is a plan to develop one ‘Watch Tower’ and the ‘Inspection House’ in the forest area of this track. In due course of time this track is going to be another place of tourist attraction. At the moment this trail is eco-friendly and it takes approximately three hours from starting point to the end point. But it is a visual treat for the nature lovers.