Bhakra Nangal Dam
Bhakra Nangal Dam is a combination of 2 Dams, Bhakra Dam and Nangal Dam. Bhakra is 13Kms from Nangal Dam. Bhakra is built on the Sutlej River that falls under Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. It Nestles between the border of Punjab and Himacha. The construction of Bhakra Dam started in 1948 under the then Lt. Governer of Punjab, Sir Louise Dane. The project was delayed and stopped. It was again started by then Prime Minister Pt. Nehru on 17th NOv.1955. The project was completed in 1963. Jawahalal Nehru had described it as 'New Temple of Resurgent India'.
Bhakra Dam is 226 meters in height. Bhakra Nangal Dam is 90 kms in length and is spread over an area of 168 sq Kms. The Bhakra Nangal Dam provides irrigation to many regions of Punjab and Himachal. The Dam is also instrumental in preventing floods. There are hydroelectric power generators in Bhakra Dam. Nangal Hydel channel is also used to genetate power and to provide irrigation.
Bhakra Nangal Dam - A Tourist Attraction
Bhakra Nangal is a famous tourist spot for the people of India and abroad. Bhakra has an enchanting and enthralling location which makes it even more attractive. It is the biggest dam in the country and the vast reservoir gives a life time experience to the visitors. The area now has good hotels, restaurants and rest houses where the tourists can have a peaceful stay. The natural waterfall nearby is another attraction in Bhakra. The scenic beauty, architecture, design and weather are the main atractons for the nature and peace lovers.
How to Reach Bhakra Nangal Dam
Frequent buses are available from the cities like Nangal, Bilaspur, Una and other cities of Himachal and Punjab. Taxis can also be hired from Nangal, Una and Bilaspur at reasonable rates.
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