The vast reservoir that forms the lifeline of Himachal Pradesh, Gobind Sagar Lake is a popular tourist destination too. It is an artificial lake, which is a direct outcome of world famous Bhakra Dam on the Sutlej River. India’s first Prime Minister had the vision to turn all the dams and power projects of the country into tourist destinations. When you visit the Gobind Sagar Lake, you see that the vision has become a reality.
It is 90 km long and encompasses an area of approximately 170 sq. km. Harvey Slocum was the mastermind behind the successful design and work of this lake. To maintain the level of water, the flow of the river Beas is channeled to the Gobind Sagar, by the Beas-Sutlej Link that was completed in 1976. Though a power generation unit, the lake is also the host of various water sports. Fishing is a regular activity here and more than fifty species and sub-species can be seen in the water.
Some of the major species include Tor Putitora (Mahasheer), Labeo Dero (Gid), Mystus Seenghala (Singhara) and mirror carp. Department of Fishers at Bilaspur gives licenses for fishing here. Water sports like speedboat and ferry rides are also available in Gonbind Sagar Lake. In October and November, when the water and water level of the reservoir is at its peak, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation organizes a series of regattas. Water-skiing, sailing, kayaking, and water-scooter racing become available at this time.
Named after the 10th Guru (Teacher of Sikh community) – Guru Gobind Singh, the lake becomes more popular during winters. The surroundings of the lake reflect the true beauty of Himalayan ranges. The lush green mountains surround the lake and the river definitely add greatly to its beauty. The nearby destinations around the Gobind Sagar Lake comprise of Anandpur Sahib. This holy place is 83 kms from here. The place is of vital importance for the Sikh people, as Guru Teg Bahadur established it.