Damdama Lake is a beautiful lake 24 km south of Gurugram, off the Gurugram-Alwar road. It is around 64 km i.e. an hour’s drive away from New Delhi and has a calm and peaceful vibe about it. The lake was commissioned by the British in 1947 for rainwater harvesting. In its current form, however, what makes Damdama Lake enticing is that it is home to over 190 species of native and migratory birds. In monsoons, water levels reach as high as fifty feet and this is when most of the migratory birds are spotted. Damdama Lake is the biggest lake in Haryana and stretches to almost three thousand acres. It is a popular place for picnics as well as for on-site training for corporate team-building exercises. Surrounded by the rocky Aravalli hills and an uneven but exciting topography, this scenic lake is a perfect getaway for people in and around New Delhi, Delhi, and Gurgaon. Damdama Lake also has many resorts that offer adventure sports and paddle boating on the lake. Rock Climbing enthusiasts may indulge and try out their skills at the Aravalli Hills with difficult terrain. The water level of the lake has an average height of twenty meters but soars up to fifty meters during monsoons and covers a vast area of more than three thousand acres
here are a number of resorts in the vicinity of the lake. The Gateway Resort is a high-end resort offering excellent service and food. A range of fun and adventure activities are included in the hotel packages. The Blue Camp offers you a camping experience with tents on the edge of the lake and activities like Tennis in the premise.
Saras Resort and Dare adventures are other options one might like to consider if they are on a single day outing. The prices range from INR 700-900 for a single day package to INR 15000 for a night stay.
Things to do
You can enjoy the lovely view while enjoying boating activities at Damdama Lake. If you love adventures, you can spend a delightful time in the laps of the Aravalis, at one of the resorts near Damdama Lake while trekking the beautiful hills. Other attractions here include kayaking, parasailing, angling, cycling, fishing, hot air ballooning, rowing and nature walks.
Resorts also offer activities like artificial rock climbing, cricket, volleyball, flying fox and darts in packaged deals. The Gateway Resort and Damdama Adventure Camp are the most famous resorts around the lake that have day packages to suit your requirements.
Best Time To Visit
The best months to visit Damdama Lake is from August to February. Some of the endangered bird species like cranes, water fowl, terns, cormorants and kingfishers can be spotted here. However, it isn’t advisable to visit the lake during summers because of the heat and reduced water levels.
How To Reach
Located from 10 kilometres away from Bhundsi village in Gurgaon; the lake is fairly well connected by road via the Gurugram- Alwar Highway. The nearest railway station to the lake is Faridabad Train Station which is 21 km away from Damdama Lake. A hired taxi from Gurugram would cost you arround INR 500-700. You can also take the local transport or self-drive cars that are easily available in Delhi.