December is a great time and most of us have our bags packed since it is vacation time. This year our we were all set to experience snow and enjoy our scenic drive. We had visited Manali few years ago and it was a magical, amazing drive. It is one of tourist destinations and you would heavy traffic during this time of the year.
Little did we know when we reached the hilly roads, that we were in for a terrible experience since entire road was being constructed after every 100 meters or so. What made our visit bearable and memorable was view of the spectacular Pandoh dam!
The drive to Manali is quite scenic and beautiful, you could create lovely memories. Best part about this trip is that you Pandoh dam is on the way and you could catch the glimpse of it. It was quite a stimulating for us to simply look at it again. We were lucky this time to get a glimpse of it since tourists are not allowed to stop or click pictures but I couldn’t resist and clicked pictures from car itself.
About Pandoh Dam
Pandoh dam has been running since 1977 as a barrier dam for Beas River in Mandi district and its purpose is to generate hydroelectric power. The water is used for power generation at the Dehar Power House before being discharged into the Sutlej River, connecting both rivers. The water of Beas are continuous flow from ice-melt and flow throughout the year and thus perfect for the hydro project. It took around 15 years for the Pandoh dam project to be completed.
It was surprising to know that Pandoh Dam project also increased the inflow to Gobind Sagar Lake thereby increasing power generation capacity at Bhakra dam. Bhakra Dam supplies electricity to multiple states particularly added irrigation waters for the states of Punjab and Haryana.
The place is always under radar and has tight security for obvious reasons.
You wouldn’t find anything around this dam except a small temple and a small tea shop run by locals. You could sit here for sometime. This is a great selfie spot for travel Influencers. It is amazing to see quite and calm water waves on one side of the dam while on the other side the water is following heavily and could take anything away in few seconds.
If you plan to go Manali, I would suggest to stop at the tea stall/shop (tea is not that good but the view more than makes up for it) on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the view of the water reservoir. It is just so amazing to keep looking at calmness of that huge water body and sipping hot tea.
Read more about our travel experience, here
Best time to visit Manali
It would be December-end, since I have never experienced snow or bad weather during this time you could enjoy some clean air, lovely sun and quirky shopping.
All I could say it is such an astonishing site to look at how water has accumulated in such a vast quantity that it more than makes up for a tiring drive.