Now since our time for returning back home was drawing nearer there was still so much to explore in this beautiful hill town of Manali. Keeping in mind the time constraint we decided to visit the Pandoh Dam in Manali. As such it is not a commercialised tourist destination but still it is a decent and calm place to visit located on the route from Shimla to Manali.
Getting down the dam is allowed and tourists hang out here to spend lazy afternoons and relax. The sound of the flowing water and lush green mountainous terrain add to the charm of this place. We carried some snacks and beverages along with us and enjoyed a small brunch while sitting and relaxing at the Pandoh Dam.
There is a PWD guest house nearby the dam where one can stay overnight and enjoy the melodious sound of the water of the Beas River gushing through the dam. Talking about the architecture of the Pandoh dam it somewhat reminded me of the Hoover dam that I had visited earlier. The dam is not only a tourist spot but this mega structure is a hydro power plant that supplies electricity to the states of Punjab and Delhi. Hence it also has economic significance.
Although photography is strictly prohibited in the vicinity one can surely stop by and soak the beauty of the landscape for a couple of hours. The HPMC outlet located near the dam offers natural products such as bottled juices and jams etc. on purchase. There are also a couple of eateries in the vicinity that sell out snacks and beverages to tourists who stop by the dam.
Both my kids were quite excited as it was the first time that they were seeing a dam. I also explained them how useful it is as it reaps the tidal energy and converts it into electricity. The reservoir of this dam has a total capacity of 41000000 cubic metres of water and its power station has an installed capacity of 990 mega watts. This dam was constructed in 1977 as a part of the Beas project for power generation.