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Maharana Pratap Sagar
|Location: 55-km from Dharamsala, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh.
Coverage area : 45,000 Hectares.
Main attractions : Migratory Ducks
Best time to visit :
Arrival information :
-- By rail : The closest railway stations are at Mukerian - 30-km, and Pathankot - 32-km.
-- By air : The closest airport is at Gaggal 40-km.
-- By road : Located in district Kangra and is 170-km from Chandigarh, 110-km from Amritsar, 55-km from the
district headquarters at Dharamsala.
Nearby excursions : Wetland Sanctuary.
Nearby cities : Dharamsala.
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 Shahnahar barrage and Pong Dam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience.
In 1983, the Sagar was declared a wildlife sanctuary and over 2,20 species of bird belonging to 54 families have been sighted over the waters and the fringing mud-banks-these include black - headed gulls, plovers, terns, ducks, water-fowl and egrets.
The land portion of the sanctuary has barking deer, sambar, wild borars, nilgai, leopards and claw-less others.
Twenty-seven species and sub-species of fish belonging to six families have been recorded in the Sagar's waters. Some of the important commercial varieties are - Labeo dero (Gid), Labeo rohita, Labeo Calbasu, Tor putitora (Mahsir), and Mystus seenghala (Singhara). Since 1976, fishing has been a major economic activity in the areas and today, this provides employment to some 1,500 fishermen and the annual catch is valued at over a corore rupees.