Maharana Pratap Sagar
Maharana Pratap Sagar is at 450 meters above sea level, 32 degrees North and 76 degrees east.
In district Kangra, 170 Km from Chandigarh, 110 Km from the district headquarters Dharamshala. The closest railway stations are Mukerian- 30 Km, and Pathankot- 32 Km. The Settlements of Nagrota Suriyan and Jawalaji located on the Sagar's periphery are connected by the charming thin gauge Kangra Railway Line that connects Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. The closest airport is Gaggal- 40 Kms.
The Lake is well served by a Network of roads. Named in honor of immense patriot Maharana Partap(1572-97 A.D.), Maharana Partap Sagar was once recognized as Pong Dam Reservoir. Its Reservoir has an area of 45,000 hects at highest flooding-the level varies with every season and averages around 30,000 hects.
Over 200 villages with a population of 85,000 people are spread along the wetland. In 1983, the Sagar was declared a Wild Life Sanctuary and over 220 kinds of birds belonging to 54 families have been sighted over the waters and these contain black headed gulls, plovers, terns, and ducks.
The land portion of the Sanctuary has barking dear, sambar, wild boars, leopards and claw-less others. 27 type and sub species of fish belonging to six families have been recorded in the Sagar's water. There is a branch of Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at the Sagar and year around activities include swimming, water skiing, surfing, rowing and sailing.
The Directorate of Tourism and Civil Aviation provides tools at the Sagar - this includes sale boats, paddle boats, speed aero boats. Various courses - beginners, intermediate and advanced - are also conducted at the Sagar.
Hotels, Guest Houses, Forest and PWD Rest Houses are vacant at nearly Dharamshala, Dehra, Sansarpur Terrace, Dada Siba and Nagrota Surian.