January 30, 2023
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Gobind Sagar Lake

Gobind Sagar Lake is a big man-made reservoir in District Bilaspur and Una of Himachal Pradesh.

Gobind Sagar Lake Location

Guru Gobind Sagar lake is located on the river Sutlej and this river is also the origin of the world-famous Bhakra Dam. Bhakra Dam is regarded as one the world’s greatest gravity dams, climbing to a wonderful elevation of almost 225.5 m from its foundations.

Who Built Bhakra Nangal Dam

In 1952, the American Dam Builder MH Slocum came from the US to take over the reins as the primary construction adviser for the Bhakra Nangal dam. From January of the following year, the building of the dam started and was finished in 1963. This is what Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru first Prime Minister of India said about the Bhakra Dam in Bilaspur:-

“Bhakra Nangal Project is something enormous, something stupendous, and also something that shakes you up once you view it. Bhakra, the temple of resurgent India, is the emblem of India’s progress”

Bhakra Dam Water Level keeps chaning from time to time and is often around 16000 ft.  Durig monsoon the water level is brought down to prevent flooding.

Govind Sagar lake reservoir popular for Water Sports and Angling

The Govind Sagar lake reservoir is popular for varied water sports. Fishing is quite popular here and can be done on various fishing spots. There is a range of varieties of fishes. The Department of Fisheries provides licenses for fishing. The Tourism Department of Himachal Pradesh has assembled a constructed a Water Sports Complex in Bilaspur with facilities of boarding, accommodation, as well as types of equipment, are also provided.

River Rafting on Gobind Sagar Lake Area

River rafting or white water rafting, has also made Bilaspur very popular. To get a dose of the adrenaline rush, one can go for rafting across the rapids of the river — Sutlej, directly from Rampur to Bilaspur, passing through the serpentine route in deep gorges, placid mountains, green alpine meadows, and thick woods, all forming a massive spectrum. Those who are new to these sports or don’t have any swimming experience can also enjoy this thrilling experience in an inflatable rubber dinghy, on a number of those milder rapids.

How to Reach Gobind Sagar Lake

Gobind Sagar Lake is easily reached by air, land or by road.  This is how.

By Air

One can fly to Shimla, Chandigarh and Bhuntar which are the nearest airports.  Shimla is located 85 km from here, Bhutar (Kullu) is at a distance of 131 whereas Chandigarh is 135 km from here.

By Train

The nearest broad gauge railway station is at a distance of 65 km,  located in Kiratpur Sahib,  Punjab.   The nearest narrow gauge railway station is at  Shimla, 85 km from Gobind Sagar Lake, Bilaspur.

By Road

Gobind Sagar Lake of Bilaspur is approachable by road from any place in Himachal and Punjab.  From Shimla it is 85 km and from  Chandigarh the distance is about 135 km.

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