Pandoh Dam

An embankment dam lying in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Pandoh Dam is a waterbody that attracts a large number of tourists every year. This beautiful embankment is set amidst picture-perfect hills and lush green forests. It offers an opportunity for nature lovers to capture some breathtaking scenes. Built on the Beas River, the primary objective of this dam is to generate hydroelectric power.

Things to do

Pandoh Dam and Lake attracts several tourists and are a paradise for adventure seekers. The narrow stretch of the beautiful lake offers a host of water sports and activities, especially from October to May. These include:

White Water Rafting

The sight of water being released is an impressive sight to behold. So, rafting is a favourite water sport usually done in the lower bed here. This activity takes place on a commercial basis and has gained immense fame during the past few years. Snow-fed River Beas offers a rafting experience from the easiest to the most challenging levels.

Trekking

This Lake and Dam together attract several tourists throughout the year due to their virgin beauty. Lay your eyes upon the amazing water birds into the emerald green waters as you trek along. The rugged terrain attracts several trekkers and hikers from all over India.

Picnicking

The surrounding area of Pandoh Dam is isolated and serene hence allowing visitors to relax and rejuvenate. The place has become an ideal destination for picnicking with your families and friends as you enjoy nature's beauty.

Sunbathing

This picture-perfect setting gives a feel of an island to the tourists visiting here. You can enjoy sunbathing, as you splash fresh water and enjoy with your near and dear ones here. 

Nearby tourist attractions

A plethora of attractions close to this location are as follows:

Hadimba Temple

One of the top tourist attractions located 92 km from Pandoh Dam in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is Hadimba Temple. It is a unique shrine dedicated to the wife of Bhima and the mother of Ghatothkach, Hidimba Devi.

Solang Valley

A paradise for adventure seekers, you can indulge in parachuting, paragliding, horse-riding, and even travelling in mini-open jeeps when in Solang Valley.

Beas Kund

The Beas Kund trail is another must-visit attraction. It offers close, base-to-summit views of majestic peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Shitidhar and Ladakhi.

Jogini Waterfalls

The leisurely 2 km trek to Jogini Waterfall starts at Vashisht Temple which is located around 2 km from the main market in Manali.

Manikaran Sahib

Nestled amidst the mesmerising surroundings in Parbati Valley, Manikaran is famous for its finest hot springs.

Naggar Castle

One of the best places to visit in Kullu, Naggar Castle is a superb historical structure made of stone and wood and speaks volumes about the heritage and culture of the place.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Pandoh Dam is from April to July and during winter time from September to December. You might also experience snowfall during wintertime. However, avoid visiting during monsoon since you might experience heavy and unpredictable rainfall resulting in landslides.

How to reach?

Pandoh Dam and Lake are located some kilometres ahead on the Pandoh-Janjehli Road at a distance of 26 km from Mandi City and 6 km from Pandoh. You can travel to this location by Himachal tourism buses or can hire a private cab.

So, now you have an idea about Pandoh Dam in Mandi. Before beginning your journey to this amazing location, wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes, as the trail is quite rugged. Do not forget to carry your camera to capture beautiful flora and fauna around.

FAQs on Pandoh Dam

No, boating and swimming are strictly prohibited by the government. However, the government is planning to develop this area into a camping site.
The opening and closing time of Pandoh Dam is from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The entry fees in this location start from ₹ 500 per person. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to explore the place.

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