Maharana Pratap Sagar (also known as Pong Dam
Reservoir) is a reservoir named in the honour of the patriot
Maharana Pratap (1572 - 1597 AD). It located in the Kangra district
of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in India. The sagar was made a
reservoir in the 1970s by the construction of a dam in a wetland
zone in the Siwalik Hills at an altitude of 350 to 500m where it is
hot in the summers and mild in the winters. Surrounding the
reservoir are rugged ridges and mountain streams cutting through
Maharana Pratap Sagar is located at 32 degrees North and 76 degrees
East in the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in
Distance from the main cities:-
Distance from Chandigarh:- 170kms.
Distance from Amritsar:- 110kms.
Distance from Dharamsala:- 55kms.
Distance from Kangra:- 25kms.
It is well connected by road. The closest airport is Gaggal- 40 Kms.
Species found here
This reservoir was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1983. Around 220
species (belonging to 54 families) have been sighted. Black headed
gulls, plovers, Northern pintail, Black stork, Goose, terns, ducks,
water-fowl and egrets are some of the most common species found
here. Its suitable location above the Indian Plains has made it a
habitat and a stopover for the migratory birds entering from Central
Asia. The land portion has barking dear, sambar, wild boars,
leopards and claw-less others. The weather and the concentration of
the birds is best from November to March. Monsoon rainfall is heavy
and continuous from July until the end of September.