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Trek to Bhardwaj Lake, Surajkund, Delhi NCR

Trek: Easy
Distance: Approx. 6km, each side.
Route:  Start at Aravali International School, Surajkund. Enter the ridge and walk towards Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi via Bhardwaj Lake and return.

aravali 1

Man made lakes, green thorny jungle and red soil.  Lakes were created due to extensive mining in the area after mining was banned by SC. I am told that one can also try swimming in the lakes but I am not sure how safe that would be.


Bird watchers will definitely enjoy the trek. We saw Common krestel, Egyptian vulture, Indian sliverbill, Spot-billed duck to name a few. Other common birds which we saw in plenty were Black drongo, Collared dove, Red-vented bulbul, Jungle babbler, Ashy prinia, Indian robin etc.

Common Krestel*Picture courtesy: Ankit V.

The route is also used for biking as well as cycling.  A good pair of sneaker is enough for this soft and sandy trek but wearing a pair of trekking shoe will make you feel better.


You may also expect to meet some local villagers. The place should not be explored alone. Mobile connectivity is an issue and therefore, it is advisable to download the map in your smartphone beforehand.


Parking is available near the Aravali Int. School. Route map from Google is attached below.

Things you should carry:

A good pair of binocular for bird watching, camera, a good smartphone to trace the route, drinking water (must) and light snacks.


* All images other than the bird image, were clicked using Canon 50mm 1.8 lens borrowed from my friend.


14 thoughts on “Trek to Bhardwaj Lake, Surajkund, Delhi NCR

  1. excellent…quiet a few human clicks for a change….though the fav one is of the lake

    Posted by Ashish | November 27, 2013, 7:26 am
  2. sir, could you tell if we can get bike on rent to reach the lake,near the starting point/parking?
    Is car aloud and advisable,to reach the lake?

    Posted by JUHI | February 24, 2015, 3:37 am
  3. Hi Juhi,

    The route is not suitable for car. Bikes are fine but I do not thing anyone nearby rent bikes. The trail is plain so walking is the best option. Kindly ensure that group size is 5 or more.

    The area is not suitable for – solo, all girl group, single couple.

    Posted by bhrrigu | February 24, 2015, 6:55 am
  4. Hey Juhi,

    Bikes can be rented from Lalli Singh in Karol Bagh or Johnny in Mehrauli.. if you are based in delhi then you can borrow it from a friend. 🙂

    to reach there, you have to the SurjaKund Road near Badarpur, Delhi. Bikes can be taken right upto the lake, but 4 wheelers cant go as its a narrow path. Yo will have to park you vehicle near Aravali Shcool.

    Posted by bikernomad | March 12, 2015, 7:26 pm
  5. People cant go there.
    This restricted area.
    No body can go without having permission of forest minister.

    Posted by Manmohan | November 27, 2015, 1:51 pm
  6. treking starts from kashmiri gate also??

    Posted by prashant | January 10, 2016, 8:28 am
  7. It’s a total “sunsaan” area with no people around and I along with my friends got looted by 3 local goons. Cash amount of over 10k was looten from us by threatening us with knife.

    Posted by vipak | December 19, 2016, 4:21 pm
  8. It’s a totally isolated place…few goons came out of no where and took all our cash….they threatened to kill us and asked us to go back….really bad experience…if you really want to go then go in a big group of at least 25 people with some weapons for security

    Posted by SACHIN KOHLI | December 21, 2016, 1:57 pm


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