PONG LAKE SANCTUARY Location: 65-km from Dharamsala, Kangra District Area: 9,675-sq-km. Speciality: Migratory Birds Best Season: October-February Pong Dam reservoir is 65-km from Panthankot and 115-km from Dharamsala on the Beas River. The Pong Dam Lake is significant for a wildlife sanctuary with wild life species like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar, Clawless Otter, and Leapord. The reservoir is developed on a large scale for promoting water sports for tourists. This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shah Nahar barrage and Pong Dam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Kangra airport is 7 km away and has got straight flights from Delhi Rail: Nearest broad-gauge railhead at Pathankot is 86 km away and one is situated at Mukarian is 30-km. Kangra Valley express is a narrow gauge train, starting from Pathankot and continues to Bajinath. Road: Kangra is well connected by road with Dharamsala, which is 18 km away
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