The Government of Himachal Pradesh has unveiled plans to transform its artificial reservoirs into captivating tourist destinations, aiming to attract a more significant number of travellers. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu recently shared this news, highlighting the inclusion of exciting adventure activities such as water sports, bird watching, and eco-tourism. The government’s primary objective is to promote water-based attractions like houseboats, cruises, and yachts, along with initiating water sports in the reservoirs.
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu specifically mentioned the focus on Pong Dam in Kangra, Kol Dam, Bhakra Reservoir in Bilaspur, Larji Reservoir in Kullu, Tattapani near Shimla, and Chamera Dam in Chamba for implementing these activities. Additionally, these attractions will feature art and craft hubs, shopping centers, and food streets, providing a comprehensive experience for both domestic and international tourists.
To regulate the operations of these activities, the government is currently formulating rules. Furthermore, a wellness center and an artificial lake with world-class fountains are planned to be established on a 5.75-hectare land in Nagrota. The government has also allocated ₹70 crores to promote adventure tourism activities in Pong Dam, Kangra district, aiming to attract adventure sports enthusiasts to the state.
Himachal Pradesh boasts breathtaking lakes and reservoirs, primarily sourced from glaciers, making it an ideal candidate for exploring the potential of lake tourism. This initiative not only benefits the local community but also provides a significant boost to homestays, restaurants, resorts, and hotels in the region.