The two km long dam on the Beas River is the highest dam in the country. The dam was built in 1975 and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kangra district. The sanctuary grew around the Maharana Pratap Sagar and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1983. The region is a paradise for fauna and flora. The sanctuary is home to barking deer, wild boars, leopards, cheetals, black buck and 27 varieties of fishes can be spotted in the lake. In winters, Maharana Pratap Sagar popularly known as Pong dam lake in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh becomes the bird watcher’s delight as migratory birds flock to the dam site.