It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t appreciate beautiful lakes, and Kolkata lakes are no exception. Kolkata lakes form great recreational centres that provide a perfect escape from the concrete jungle. Adding to the charm of the city, these lakes are preferred weekend getaway choices for most of the city dwellers. These lakes are surrounded by a green belt of plants and trees that adds to the aesthetics, besides having a soothing effect on the tired souls after a weeklong slog at work. Further, there are numerous interesting things to do for visitors, such as boat rides, fishing and garden walk. So, while in Kolkata, make sure you visit these spectacular lakes:
1. Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
Rabindra Sarobar, formerly known as Dhakuria Lake, is one of the scenic places to visit in Kolkata. Previously a marshy jungle, the site was developed in the 1920s over 192 acres with the lake boasting a surface area of around 72 acres. This enchanting space is an oasis of green quietness that is perfect to break free from the mundane routine. Some of the trees in the surrounding area of the lake are over 100 years old. It is one of the most popular recreational spots in the city, and thousands of visitors come here throughout the day to jog, walk, cycle, admire the greenery, relax with friends, spend moments of repose, etc. Visitors who have kids in tow have nothing to worry about as there is a children park to keep the young guests entertained. Besides, there are gardens, auditoria, rowing and swimming clubs, a sunrise point and a mosque within the sprawling precincts. Those who visit during winters are especially lucky as they get to see migratory birds during that time. Above and beyond, Kolkata’s only Japanese Buddhist Temple – Nipponzan Myohoji – lies towards the south of this lake.
- Location: Dhakuria, Kolkata
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
2. Subhas Sarobar, Kolkata
Subhas Sarobar generally misses getting a spot in the itinerary of most of the travellers because of being less popular. The lake with islands is surrounded by trees and green foliage along its paved path. Visitors often walk along the encircling tree-lined paved path of the lake as it provides the perfect insulation to all the cacophony of the city. Migratory birds flock to this quiet space during the winter season. The tranquil spot manages to impress nature lovers, photographers and poets with its calmness and scenic frame. For others, this place offers a range of activities, such as swimming, fishing and birdwatching.
- Location: Beleghata, Kolkata
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Not an outright popular lake in Kolkata, but the popular tourist attractions Salt Lake Central Park and Nalban Boating Complex each has an expansive lake as the epicentre. You can hence plan a visit to these places as well while exploring lakes. If you get exhausted after hopping between lakes, refuel yourself at any of the popular restaurants in Kolkata.