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Badkhal Lake

Place : Faridabad, Haryana
Significance : An ideal weekend getaway from Delhi
Best Season : October - March
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Covering an area of 206 acres of land, the picturesque lake of Badkhal is situated in Badkhal village of Faridabad in Haryana State. A 30-minutes drive, Badkal Lake, near Delhi, Badhkal lake is one of the popular tourist getaways near Delhi. It is located amid the lush green, unpolluted and serene environment.

Badkhal Lake derived its name from the Persian word bedakhal, which means free from interference. This man made embankment with plenty of flowering trees, landscaped gardens and Green lawns is surrounded by Aravalli hills and provides amusing water sports facilities. Besides water sports and sightseeing, the lake also provide boating, fishing and angling. One can hire a private boats for a pleasurable boat ride.

The Lake has also been provided with a cool bath complex which has swimming pool and sauna facilities.a Fringed by Aravalli Hills, Badkhal Lake is an ornithologist’s paradise and several migratory birds from different parts of the country and abroad come here during winter season.

The main attraction of Badkhal lake is the flower show held every year during the spring. During this time, the flowers decorate the lake's surroundings which attracts people from all over the country. Boating through the lake are arranged on request. Facilities like rest huts, motels, restaurants, conference hall, fueling station, bath complex, children's park, sauna chamber and massage units, bank extension counter etc. are available. The best time to visit the lake is during mid-monsoon season.

Close to the Badkhal lake there is another picturesque spot named Peacock Lake. Also known as Surajkund Lake, it also provides facilities for water sports, boating, canoeing, kayaking etc. It is 8 km away from Badhkal Lake. The Surajkund complex, believed to be built by the Rajput King Surajpal of Tomar dynasty, consists of a beautifully done-up Rajhans, a garden and a pool of fresh water - Siddha Kund, which is believed to have healing properties. Surajkund literally means 'Lake of the Sun'. Some says that the place derived its name after a famous Sun temple, which is said to have stood here once and some claim that it was named after King Surajpal. The remains of the sun temple can be seen around the Surajkund Lake. The lake is an artificial man-made reservoir surrounded by rock cut steps specially built for the purpose of boating. This popular picnic spot with its serene surroundings and beauty is the venue of an annual crafts fair held in the month of February.