Damdama Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes in Haryana, which fills a depression in the Aravalli hills forming a striking backdrop to its placid waters. With an area of 3,000 acres (12.14 km2), Damdama Lake was formed when a stone and earthen dam constructed by the British was commissioned for rain water harvesting in 1947. It has now emerged as a popular picnic spot as a weekend getaway.
Location: Nestled in the Aravali Ranges, Damdama lake is located about a few kilometers South of Gurgaon and is off the Gurgaon-Alwar road. It is easily accessible from Sohna Road.
Activities: Damdama Lake offers boating in row boats, paddle boats and motor boats. Damdama Lake is also good for adventure activities like rock climbing, hot air ballooning, Para Sailing, cycling, angling, trekking and camping
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a popular weekend getaway in
Gurgaon for the entire Delhi NCR. Ever since it was declared as a National Park
by the Haryana Government, the Bird Sanctuary has gained prominence over the
Located in Gurgaon District in Haryana State, Sultanpur is located at 40
kms distance from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi
and 15 km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon - Farukh Nagar Road.
Activities: It is ideal for birding and bird
watchers and is best visited in winters when a large number of migratory birds
come here. Approximately 250 species
of Birds are found at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, some of them are resident birds,
while others come from distant regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan. The birds, such as the Siberian cranes,
greater flamingo, ruff, black winged stilt, common teal, common greenshank,
northern pintail, yellow wagtail, white wagtail, northern shoveller, rosy
pelican etc are found here .
Surajkund is an ancient reservoir of the 10th century built in the backdrop of the Aravalli
hills with an amphitheatre-shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form.
It is said to have been built by the Tomar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty in
the 10th century. Tomar was a sun worshipper and he had therefore built a Sun
temple on its western bank.
Location: located in Faridabad about 8 km (5 miles) from
South Delhi, it is a 30 minute drive from Gurrgaon. Surajkund boasts of the ruins of a Sun Temple around the sunpool. The
complex includes a beautifully done-up garden and a pool - Siddha Kund.
Activities: Surajkund is an ideal picnic spot as
well as a ancient monument for history lovers. More importantly, Surajkund has
earned fame for hosting the world acclaimed Surajkund International Crafts Mela
organised here every year. Celebrated during 1st to 15th February, this is a
fair that showcases the Indian handicrafts, handlooms and folk traditions. Set
amidst a rich rural backdrop. the fair offers a lot of fun, frolic,
entertainment and exclusive shopping opportunities.
Sohna is well known for its hot water springs. According to legend, Arjun (one of the five Pandav brothers) dug these wells when he was thirsty. The Shiv Temple was built by the Raja of Gwalior for the hermits that resided in Sohna. The main kund (tank), called Shiv Kund, is said to have medicinal properties and curative effects..
Location: The Shiv Temple is located 3 Kms from the city of Sohna in village Lala Kherli, where the water comes from the Aravali hills.
Activities: Devotees consider the spring waters sacred and during solar and lunar eclipses, as well as Somavati Amavasya, they gather here to take a dip in the water. Every February, a Vintage Car Rally is held on Sohna hill and Haryana Tourism celebrates the day with a mela. A fair called Gangasnan is organised every year in the month of November. Another fair is organised during the months of July and August to celebrate the festival of "Teej".
Tijara Fort is an architectural jewel located at hilltop in Tijara city of Alwar district. Constructed at the end 18th century, Tijara Fort has colonial influence in its design with a magnificent amalgmation of Rajput and Afghan style of architecture. A unspoiled beauty of Tijara Fort and its high hill countryside presents different colorful sightseeing all around the hill. Its hanging gardens are perfect for panoramic sight view from hilltop with lush green surroundings.
Location: Tijara Fort is located at 5 km from Tijara city and 60 km from Alwar city. One can easily reach Tijara Fort by taking local cabs from Tijara City. The Fort is easily accessible from South of Gurgaon on the Sohna-Alwar route.
Facilities: Tijara Fort-Palace is a sprawling and exclusive weekend getaway from Delhi with the grandest swimming pool. There are 61 suites and rooms named after India's leading painters, designers, & aesthetes which honour them by evoking their work.