The Surajkund Lake is just 20 kilometers from the heart of Delhi. Contrary to the popular belief, it is not a lake but a man-made reservoir. The name in Hindi means 'Reservoir of the Sun'. The Rajput King Surajpal built it in the pre-Sultanate days. The tentative date of its construction is believed to be around 10th century. The Tomaras were the first people to revitalize Delhi. Surajkund is the place where the Tomar Rajput settled before building the Lal Kot, the second city of Delhi
Surajkund got its name after a famous sun temple, which is said to
stand here once. But some historians also claim that it was named after
the King himself. The tank is on a semi-circular pattern and has steps
that lead to the water. It is not a 'dead' reservoir; the rains still
keep it pretty full of water. But apart from the monsoons, the place
remains dry. Feroze Shah Tughlaq repaired its embankments in the
fourteenth century. It is said that he was a lunatic and once took the
work of repairing all the existing monuments in the then Delhi.
Surajkund, with its serene surroundings and beauty, is now a popular
picnic spot for Delhites. This place is not only visited by the locals
but is very popular among the foreign backpackers too. Surajkund is also
the site of a major crafts festival held annually in February. Though
people visit Surajkund just for the daytime but an overnight stay in any
of the guesthouse is a good idea to escape from the madding crowd.
Besides exploring the lake, you can also have a closer look into the
life of the local community.