Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam, Pragpur

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Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam is a noted dam of the city of Pragpur, which has been built across the Beas River. Situated at a height of 450 m, this dam stretches across a wetland of about 45000 hectares. It has been declared as one of the 25 international wetland sites in India by the Ramsar Convention. The dam is named after the renowned Indian warrior, Maharana Pratap. Also, known as the Pong Dam Lake or Pong Reservoir, it was established in the year 1975 and was later declared as a wildlife sanctuary owing to the numerous migratory birds that come to the region.

Of all the birds that migrate to the reservoir, about 220 species are from Siberia and Central Asia. Some of the noted migratory birds that can be found at this wildlife sanctuary include the surkhab, cranes, and pintails, among others. Animals like the sambar, barking deer, wild boars, and leopards are also found abundantly in the region. The Pong Reservoir also serves as a major fishing site of the state.

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