Badkhal Lake, Faridabad

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Badkhal Lake was a former natural lake situated in Badkhal village near Faridabad, in the Indian state of Haryana, about 32 kilometers from Delhi. Fringed by the hills of the Aravalli Range this was a man-made embankment. Owing to unchecked mining in neighbouring areas, the lake has now totally dried up. There are functional Haryana Tourism restaurants in the vicinity. A flower show is held every spring here. Its name is most probably derived from the Persian word bedakhal, which means free from interference. Close to Badhkal Lake, is the Peacock Lake, which is another picturesque spot.HistorySources note that this was once a large lake, where boating and other tourist activities took place. Migratory birds also used to visit the lake., the lake is almost a completely dried up to leave only grassy terrain and the unusually low rainfall in the area has been cited. Certain mines surrounding the lake are also responsible for blocking the flow of water to the lake. A number of mineral water companies have also taken water from the lake for their own purposes.In January 2010, the lake and the nearby Surajkund was filled up with water in conjunction with 2010 Commonwealth Games, however in March 2014, in a survey report released by the Delhi Parks and Gardens Society (DPGS), under the Government of Delhi's department of environment, the lake was completely dry and completely dependent on rains for water. The report also revealed 190 of 611 water bodies in Delhi had also gone dry.
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  • A live example of human intervention and disturbance with nature can be seen here. This is the live example of human greed. Long back this was the lake with full of water and it was an hot spot for to...  more »
  • What used to be a lush green area and a deep lake twenty years ago is now a barren land where cattle-herds feed cows/buffaloes and local cricket teams practice. Its still green - but at the bottom of ...  more »
  • Good for a day picnic. Cleaning can be improved. Food options limited. Loosing charm year by year. Not bad to spand a day with family in town  more »
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  • The only tourist place in Faridabad... good picnic place for kids.... boating facility also available here...to spent some time for family and for loved ones.....but now the lake is totally dried...
  • Nature is great and supreme. But unfortunately, this lake is not all natural, a lot has human hands to thank, for the present condition it’s in. Ironically, it’s mankind that is to blame for the pathetic condition of this large lake. When we reached there, we were dismayed to find not a single drop of water. It was completely dry. But the beauty of the place is still intact. Sadly, humans have tried, probably successfully, to commercialise this place. There are pathways and places for one to rest. Furthermore, we also found couples, who were more interested in themselves rather than the beauty of the place. So, if it’s rustic beauty that you are looking for, you must visit this lake.
  • This is a natural occuring lake on the outskirts of Faridabad. It has dried up since time immemorial and though at one time it might have been a good place to visit, but during the month of December, it tends to be a tad useless to visit....I personally did not witness any water though I did not dig around to look for it!
  • Very beautiful place for picnic. But no water in the lake
  • Awesome but there was no water in the lake. It was all empty on 16/12/2017

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