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Bhakra Nangal Dam

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One of the famous dams of India, Bhakra Nangal Dam holds great significance. Being largest dam of India, tourist travel to the site of dam to witness the dam's architecture and design. Apart from the architectural beauty of the dam, Bhakra Nangal dam is also known for its scenic beauty and environment.

Described as 'New Temple of Resurgent India’ by Late Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, Bhakra Nangal Dam is situated across the river Sutlej that falls under the region of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. Bhakra Nangal Dam is one of the largest dam in India and highest gravity dam in the world. Nestling between the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, amidst the lush green forests, the dam gives a fantastic view of the region and attracts huge number of tourists from all over the India.
Bhakra Nangal Dam - Pride of India
Bhakra Nangal Dam is a combination of Bhakra dam and Nangal dam. Bhakra dam is 13 km upstream from Nangal city and Nangal just vice versa. The construction of the dam was started in the year 1948 and was completed by the end of year 1963. Initially, the construction of the dam was started by Sir Louis Dane, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. But due to some specific reason the project got delayed and restarted by Late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on 17th November, 1955. The dam, which is situated at a height of 226 m above sea-level stuns the visitor of its height. The 90 km long Bhakra Nangal Dam is spread over an area of 168 sq km that also acts as an important picnic spot for the tourists. The dam was constructed with an aim to provide enough irrigation facility to the region of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Another big reason behind the construction of the dam was to save the place from the monsoon flood. Besides, the Bhakra Nangal dam houses hydroelectric power generator, which is situated on both the sides of the dam. Nangal hydel Channel and Anandpur Sahib Channel are used for power generation and irrigation purpose.
Bhakra Nangal Dam - As an Attraction
Being the biggest dam of India, large number of tourists get attracted towards its vast water reservoir and attractive location. It is a life time experience for any visitor to travel to this grand reservoir where water flows with a great speed at such a height. The site definitely generates awe in tourist visiting the dam. To facilitate tourism in this part of Himachal Pradesh, the travel & tourism department of the state has generated a wonderful picnic spot around the region with the provision of rest houses located near the Bhakra Nangal dam. Apart from the human generated dam, there is a natural fall, which is also a source of hydro-electricity generated by the Ganguwal and Kotla power plant.

Bhakra Nangal Dam - As an Attraction
Tourists can hire private taxis or can ride state government buses. These modes of transports are easily available from Bilaspur, Nangal and nearby cities of Himachal Pradesh.

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