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About Maharana Pratap Sagar

Maharana Pratap Sagar or Pong Reservoir was created in 1975 by creating a large earth-fill (artificial dam) on the Beas River. This was done in the wetland zone of Kangra district’s Shivalik hills. The dam is named after famous Mewar ruler, Maharana Pratap. The lake’s reservoir is a well-known wildlife sanctuary. Ramsar Convention has declared this site as one of the 25 international wetland sites in India. This 60,610 acres reservoir is the leading sources of fish within Himalayan states. According to the Indus Valley Treaty, the Beas River was tapped in 2 stages, and the Pong Dam forms part of the second stage. The location of the Sagar is what makes it a popular tourist attraction. It is bounded by the Dhauladhar Mountains. The wetland has a rich waterfowl diversity and a strategic location that attracts over 220 bird species. These are mostly migratory birds from the plains of India and Central Asian countries. The peripheral land around the Maharana Pratap Sagar has mixed perennial and deciduous pine forests. Some tree species found here are Jamun, Acacia, Mango, Shisham, etc. The lake that arises on account of the Pong Dam is so huge that it would take hours to fully cover its scope on a boat. Apart from leisure boating, sports activities like water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, etc. are also available. Do enjoy them as you take pride in visiting this engineering marvel and backbone of the power supply of northern India.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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