Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake – Pong Dam Kangra

Maharana Pratap Lake Maharana Pratap Sagar, also known as Pong Dam Reservoir or Pong Dam Lake. The dam built in the year 1960 on the Beas River is the origin of the huge Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake. It is a man-made reservoir situated in the district of Kangra.

The Maharana Pratap Sagar gives glimpse of this beautiful creation offering landscapes and pleasurable view of the hills. The walk along the boulevards or paddle boating, Maharana Pratap Dam is one of the most beautiful artificial wetland with an area of 45,000 hectares approximately in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

In order to pay homage to Maharana Pratap Singh this Dam has been constructed during 1572-1597; this dam was made into a reservoir for usages during hot summer months when the thirsty animals comes here for a gulp of fresh water.

The Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake is also known as Pong dam Lake. Lake is well known wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is popular for the birds like surkhabs,red necked grebes,terns.

Wild Life at Maharana Pratap Sagar

Thousands of migratory ducks from Siberia can be seen in swamp and between Pong Dam and Shah Nagar barrage. Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake sanctuary is home of wild boars,leopards,cheetals,barking deer. Many species of fishes can be found in the lake.

Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake offers many water sports activities like swimming, rowing, sailing, water skiing. The main bird species reported are the barheaded geese, Anser indicus, northern lapwing, ruddy shelduck, northern pintail, common teal, spot-billed duck, Eurasian coot, red-necked grebe, black-headed gulls, plovers, black stork, terns, water-fowl and egrets

Gobind Sagar Lake Bilaspur – An Embodiment of True Himalayan Beauty

Mobile-Giri from bus while corssing Govind-Sagar Lake near Lathiani in Una District of Himachal Pradesh (4 of 6)
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Gobind Sagar is located in the districts of Bilaspur, which is 83 km away from Anandpur Sahib in Himachal Pradesh. One of India’s largest and world’s highest gravity Dams, Bhakra-Nangal Dam is built on the bank of Gobind Sagar.

Gobind Sagar lake is a man made reservoir built in 1976, its source is the hydel dam at Bhakra. One of the world’s highest gravity dams, the Bhakra dam is perched at an elevation of 225.5 m above its lowest foundations. Its reservoir – the Gobind Sagar – is 90 kms long and encompasses an area of approximately 170 sq kms. The dam was dedicated to nation by late Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru on November 20th, 1963. Named after the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh and Gobind Sagar was confirmed as a water fowl harbor in 1962. Numerous ornithologists and nature lovers are thereby attracted to this place.

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Some of the major species include Tor Putitora (Mahasheer), Labeo Dero (Gid), Mystus Seenghala (Singhara) and mirror carp. Department of Fishers at Bilaspur gives licenses for fishing here. During the month of October and November a variety of water sports activities are organized by the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation. Tourists can enjoy water-skiing, sailing, Kayaking and water-scooter racing on the turf of Gobind Sagar.

The place is of vital importance for the Sikh people, as Guru Teg Bahadur established it.

Manimahesh Lake – High Altitude Lake in Chamba

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Manimahesh Lake situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh Chamba District, is at an altitude of about 4100 m above sea level. Mani mahesh Lake also known as Dal Lake. Manimahesh is in the south-eastern corner of Chamba District near the Chamba-Kullu border. The peak of Manimahesh Kailash is regarded as one of the mythical abodes of Shiva.

The lake is also known as Chamba Kailash and is famous for Manimahesh Yatra (pilgrimage). The pilgrimage starts in Bharmour that has beautiful ancient temples all around the region. Manimahesh lake is revered by the people of Gaddi tribe and Hindus. People of Gaddi tribe know the lake as ‘Shiv Bhumi’ (Land of Shiva).

A popular legendary tale explains that Lord Shiva created Mani Mahesh after he married Goddess Parvati and also performed penance on the banks of Mani Mahesh Lake. The lake is in the shape of the saucer and is divided into 2 major parts. The larger part is known as ‘Shiv Karotri’ (the bathing place of Lord Shiva); meanwhile the lower part is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, ‘Gauri Kund’ (the bathing place of Parvati).

The name Manimahesh signifies a jewel (Mani) on Lord Shiva's crown. Local people claim that the moon-rays reflected from the jewel can be seen from Manimahesh Lake on clear full-moon nights (which is a rare occasion). It is more likely to be the light reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak, like a serpent on Shiva's neck.

On the bank of lake, there is a marble image of Lord Shiva which is also known as Chaumukha. The lake is surrounded by amazing landscape and a small temple in Shikhara shape which houses a brass image of Goddess Lakshmi Devi known as Mahishasuramardini.