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surajkund

Surajkund is a lake and reservoir ('Kund' means "lake" or reservoir and “Suraj” means “sun”) located on Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli range in Faridabad  city in the North Indian state of Haryana.

It is a man-made lake with a semi-circular embankment, built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills in India. “Surajkund” literally translates to 'Lake of the Sun'.

History

Surajkund reservoir dates back to the 10th century. It is said to have been built by king Surajpal of the Tomara dynasty that ruled in India in the 10th century.

It used to serve as a hunting forest resort initially but eventually rain water was intercepted her to create a reservoir that can provide water to overcome the water shortage in the region.

Structure

Surajkund reservoir’s structure resembles the rising sun with an eastward arc. It lies within a steep semi-circular embankment made of stones. Rain was intercepted here in monsoons to create the reservoir of 130 m (427 ft) diameter in order to solve the water shortage problems in Delhi city. It is filled up to the brim during every monsoon but remains dry and empty during summers.

Surajkund reservoir has a total area of 40 ha (i.e., about 99 acres).

Additional Information for Visitors

The nearest airport to Surajkund is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi – it is situated about 25 km (16 miles) away.

The nearest railway stations to Surajkund are New Delhi Railway Station, at 22 kilometres (14 miles) away; and Nizamuddin Railway Station, at 21 kilometres (13 miles) away.

Visitors can reach these stations or airport from other cities and take a short bus or taxi ride to Surajkund reservoir.

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