Know the blend of nature and serenity at Pong Lake, located at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The lake is also called Maharaja Pratab Sagar Lake or Pong Dam Lake. It is surrounded by the magnificent thick forest and huge mountains. Away from the rush-striking pace of city life that you won’t be missing anymore, is this heaven-like place. While the migratory birds dwell for a while, it will give you an amazing spectacle to remember for all your life.
The lake is also an extraordinary destination for the adventure fanatics to feel the adrenaline rush. Various water sports apart from swimming are also organized here. So set your spirits free and take a dive in the Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake.
The scenic beauty of the lake offers a pleasant view of the hills and landscapes which is unforgettable. Apart from this, the reservoir is an animal sanctuary as well, known as the Maharana Pratap Sagar Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to diversified flora and fauna. There is also a water sports centre established here which is a good spot for some adventure and fishing.
Masrur Temple. The Indian treasure! This Masrur Temple dates back to the 7th Century. You will come across the vibe of history while visiting the temple.
Pong Dam. Explore the Pong Dam and know what you really like about the dam. This is what's called the work of great engineering.
Angling. What can be better than angling on the banks of Pong Lake? If you are viewing around the lake, do this mind-exercise activity for sure.
Bird Watching. Bird watching is an activity that attracts visitors to the Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake. During the months of summer, flock of migratory birds flies to the Maharana Pratap Sagar lake. Since the lake is nestled in the sylvan surroundings of the Kangra valley, it has become home to major species of birds, fishes and animals. One can catch the glimpses of endangered birds, like Northern Lapwing, Spot-Billed Duck, Barheaded Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Pintail and many more while walking on the lakeside.
Forest vegetation. The reservoir peripheral land area has mixed perennial and deciduous pine forests on hills. Eucalyptus trees have also been grown in the area. The forest growth provides enough sustenance to the migratory birds. The tree species of the forest area are acacia, jamun, shisham, mango, mulberry, ficus, kachanar, amla and prunus.
Water sports. A regional water-sports centre has been established in the Pong Dam Reservoir, which offers focused activities such as canoeing, rowing, sailing, and water skiing, apart from swimming.
The weather of Himachal Pradesh looks more pleasant in the months of October-November. So, if you are planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh, you can choose anytime during these months.
The Himachal Pradesh is vastly connected with inter-regions as well as outer regions of the state. The nearest airport is Kangra Airport towards Pong Lake. Also, if you are opting out the railways, then the closest station will be Nandpur Bhatauli. It is just a few miles away from the Pong Lake.