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Five Largest Dams in India

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As a fast developing nation, India has adopted a wide variety of implementations that help the country progress further. Since India is a land of rivers, sustenance of water is an important aspect. For this reason one can see the presence of a large number of dams built in India. As we might be aware of, Dams are multi-purpose projects that help the country in many ways such as flood-control, irrigation, power generation and more.

Apart from preserving water effectively, Dams have also proven to be major tourist attractions of India. These mighty dams surrounded by beautiful water bodies are a treat to the traveler's eyes. Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of recreational activities provided at many popular dams such as boating, fishing, swimming and so on.

Here is a list of some of the most renowned dams in India, that the visitors can add to their list of places to see.

Bhakra Nangal Dam, Himachal Pradesh

Famous as the second largest Dam is all of Asia and the first largest Dam in India, the Bhakra Nangal Dam is a popular place frequented by the visitors.

This dam is built across the river Sutlej in Himachal Pradesh. With a height of 225 meters, the Bhakra Nangal Dam also has a reservoir called as the ‘Gobind Sagar Lake', which is the second largest reservoir of India.

Hirakud Dam, Orissa

Famous as one among the longest dams of the world, the Hirakud Dam can be seen in the Indian state of Orissa, built across the river Mahanadi. This composite dam is definitely worth paying a visit to as it is popular as the longest man-made dams of the world. Additionally, the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is also situated in the surroundings of this dam, making it a perfect place to travel to. There are also two observations towers here called as the ‘Gandhi Minar' and the ‘Nehru Minar'.

Tehri Dam, Uttaranchal

Standing at a height of 260.5 meters, the Tehri Dam is highest dam in India, as well as being the eighth tallest dam in the entire world. This dam is built across River Bhagirathi and is mainly used for the purpose of water supply, hydroelectric production and also irrigation.

Sardar Sarovar Dam, Gujarat

Known as the largest dam of the area, the Sardar Sarovar Dam was built as a part of the ‘Narmada Valley Project' across River Narmada in the state of Gujarat. At the height of 163 meters, the Sardar Sarovar Dam helps provide water supply, irrigation and electricity to for cities namely, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Andhra Pradesh

Built across River Krishna of Andhra Pradesh, the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is renowned as the world's largest masonry dam.

Five Largest Dams in India

The dam is 124 meters in height and is one of the most sought after dams in India, as the lake here is known as the largest man-made lake in the world. The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam proves to be quite a sight to the visitors with it's architecture and the 26 gates.

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