Maharana Pratap Sagar

Maharana Pratap Sagar Wetland, situated in the North Himalayan range, is surrounded with rugged ridges, forested glades and streams that cut through valleys and canyons. State roofed structures of mud, brick and stone gather to form clusters of villages, amidst rich green fields and groves of forests. Pragpur have been declared as heritage villages

Maharana Pratap Sagar was formerly known as the Pong Dam Reservoir or Pong Dam, the highest earthfill dam with an installed capacity of 390 megawatts with six generating units on the Beas River in the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh was completed in 1976 Named in order to pay homage to the great patriot Maharana Pratap, Rajasthan (1572-97 AD) and the dam is situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level. Its reservoir covers an area of about 24,500 hectares and the wetlands portion is 15,662 hectares .Over 200 villages lie along the wetland. This is 55 km. from Dharamshala and the shimmering waters of the reservoir are visible from Kotwali Bazar & McLeodganj.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Maharana Pratap Sagar is from November to March.

How To Reach Maharana Pratap Sagar

By Rail

The closest railway stations are at Mukerian 30 km, and Pathankot at 32 km. Nagrota Surian and Jawali, , are connected by a narrow gauge railway line, on the Kangra railway line, which connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar.

By Air

The nearest airports are Gaggal (HP) and Pathankot (Punjab).

By Road

The reservoir is connected by a good network of roads to major cities in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Tourist Places

Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake / Pong Lake

Pong is developed WATER Storage reservoir on the Beas river in the low foothills of Himalaya around the northern side of Indo Gangetic plain.The Dhauldhar mountian range forms a backdrop to the lake.The overall size of the Pongdam lake along with its situation in the extreme northwest of the northern plains makes it a appropriate surroundings for migratory birds entering into the plains of India from Central Asia.Over 220 bird species belonging to 54 families have been recorded.

Pong Dam reservoir is 115 km from Dharamsala. Nestled in the sylvan surroundings of the Kangra valley, the sprawling Pong Dam wetland has emerged as a major habitat for migratory birds in the country as also an attraction for bird watchers.

Bathu Temple

Three kms east of Dhameta, the suburbs in Kangra, there stands a cluster of antique, unique, tall temples which remain dipped in water for 8 months: yet remain exposed to the human eye only during March to June: Although these four months attract pilgrims to these temples, the other eight months attract tourists, fishermen and countless of a variety of unique colorful birds migrated from islands of various continents of the world. Throughout the year, this place, commonly known as “Bathu ki Larhi” (a string of Bathu stone-structures) enjoys the unique distinction of being a popular tourist spot.

Wild Life Sanctuary

In 1983, the reservoir was declared a wildlife sanctuary.. This lake acts as a stopover for a range of migratory ducks and birds from the Indian plains, Central Asian countries and Siberian region during winter. A wide variety of commercially viable fish, 200 species of 50 families, such as Mahseer, Catla, Mirror Carp, Singhara (native) , black-headed gulls, plovers, terns, ducks, water-fowl, egrets and others have been sighted in the Dam reservoir and its tributaries. The land boasts has recorded fauna species such as barking deer, sambar, wild boars and leopards.

Pong Dam

The Pong Dam, also known as the Beas Dam, is an earth-fill embankment dam on the Beas River just upstream of Talwara in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.The purpose of the dam is water storage for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation.[4] As the second phase of the Beas Project, construction on the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1974. At the time of its completion, the Pong Dam was the tallest of its type in India

Water sports

The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports has a branch in the Pong Dam Reservoir, which offers activities such as swimming, canoeing, rowing, sailing, water skiing and kayaking.

 

 

 

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