Bhakra Dam is a concrete gravity dam
across the Sutlej River, near the border between the states of Punjab and
Himachal Pradesh. Being Asia's second highest (225.55 m) dam, it attracts a
large number of domestic and foreign tourists every day. It is considered to be
world's highest straight gravity concrete dam. The 90 km long dam is spread over
an area of 168 sq km and is a combination of Bhakra dam and Nangal dam. Bhakra
dam is 13 km upstream from Nangal city and Nangal dam, on the other hand, is 13
km down-stream. It controls the turbulent waters of Sutlej River for irrigation
and power generation.
The main dam at Bhakra in the mountains has a 40 square kilometer reservoir, Gobind Sagar which has boating facilities and a restaurant.