A time comes when you want to leave the past behind. You feel like leaving the madding crowd behind. You want a place that is so quiet that the only sound you hear is your breath. And that is what Damdama is all about. Located just 60 kilometers off Delhi, it is a place to reclaim life.
The Saras Tourist Complex that stands on the bank is very popular among
the tourists. There are at least 15 cottages for tourists. The exterior
has been designed keeping in mind the traditional huts in this area.
Guest rooms are tastefully done and have all the comforts under the Sun.
Each of these cottages has a separate balcony facing the lake. The
colorful camping tents pitched on green slopes nearby are particularly
charming. You can choose any of them depending on your budget and taste.
The water level of this lake is not uniform as the only source of water
is the Monsoons. In the summers the water level is particularly low.
During the rains its level shoots up dramatically, reaching 50 to 60
feet in places and covering about 7 square kilometers of area. Though
the exact area of Damdama is difficult to measure because of its minor
streams that change course depending upon rain. In fact, the contours of
this lake change on daily basis.
Cormorants, Terns, Egrets and Kingfishers are regular to the Damdama
Lake. But the king among these is Cranes or Saras, as it is called in
Hindi. Late summers and Monsoons are good time to visit Damdama.
Facilities for boating on the lake are also available.
There is a hillock at the far end of the Damdama Lake. This is an
offshoot of Arravallies. On the way up, you'll come across poultry and
goats in a little farm with ingeniously built stone huts belonging to
nomadic Gujjars. Spend some quality time here and forget the world. And
yes, that is what Damdama is all about.
|Location||In Haryana, just 60 km from Delhi|
|How to Reach||Hire a cab for night|
|Attractions||Lake and water sports|
|Timing||Any day, anytime|