Pandoh Dam – Himachal
December comes with a lot of excitement since it is year-end and we were all set with our plans to visit a new place. We decided to visit a near-by hill station to get glimpse of snow and the amazing mountains. Manali (Pandoh Dam on the way) was randomly chosen as that destination.
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 but this time we had 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!
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.
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
You wouldn’t find anything around this dam except a small temple and a small tea shop run by locals.
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.
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.
I would love to discuss more about details of Pandoh dam but most information is available on Wikipedia. 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.
Tip : I always suggest carrying a bagpack while travelling to mountains, might come handy if you plan a trecking trip. Latest bagpacks on sale here
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